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Leaving election stress behind

Take our tips for decompressing now that Nov. 6 has passed.

By Chelsea Lin Nov 8, 2012 4:44PM

The ads, the fliers, the telephone calls, the Facebook posts, the awkward banter in line at the post office. I think it’s safe to say we’re all suffering from a wicked case of election burnout. (Check election results here.) Whether you’re happy with the results or wish things had gone a redder direction, decompress with campaign managers around the country by hitting up one of these solitary retreats:

- Find solace in a yurt: These portable structures essentially bridge the gap between tent and cabin, making you feel like you’re roughing it even though you’re actually quite comfortable. It may be getting too cold for this kind of activity in some parts of the country, but the West Coast loves their yurts and most areas haven’t dropped to freezing temps yet.


- Soak in the hot springs: Taking a plunge in an outdoor Jacuzzi of sorts is just the thing to melt away election anxiety. Wyoming may be the country’s least populated state, but it boasts the world’s largest hot spring—head to Hot Springs State Park and take advantage of the physically and emotionally therapeutic benefits of 127-degree mineral water.


- Go tech-free: Maybe you have the self-discipline to simply leave your iPhone at home, but if you’ve been following the election this closely, that doesn’t sound like you at all. Instead, head someplace you can’t even use your gadgets if you tried, like the Grand Canyon, where most of the surrounding national park doesn’t get wireless reception at all.


Other recommendations for decompressing between the election and Thanksgiving? Leave them in the comments below.


Photo courtesy of wetfeet2000.  

Nov 10, 2012 11:35AM
Arani12, landrover 051011, SB1720:  I beg your pardon, and I stand corrected.  I didn't realize I had called anyone names in my post.  By the way, I voted for Mr. Gore in 2000, Mr. Kerry in 2004, Mr. Obama in 2008 and again just this past week.  I have voted a Democratic ticket generally since my first presidential vote for Mr. Carter in 1976.  I "work, I pay taxes and I obey the law".  To clarify my original post Mr. Romney was leading the popular vote as Florida had yet to post its numbers or call for either candidate.  As an aside, this might be the very reason that Republicans hate Democrats----often too quick to make quick and virulent judgments of others viewpoints, as I see my comments were pretty quickly shotdown by members of my own party as the three above somehow thought of me as a Republican.  
Nov 9, 2012 11:29AM
I love how conservatives blame the lack of manufacturing in this country which has been at least 30 years in the making to Obama's last 4 years. You guys are complete idiots. Yeah, you guys are "real Americans" don't spend any money in the US but lets pump out billions yearly to countries that hate us like Pakistan and countries that have functioning economies like Israel. Then when Obama bails out US banks and auto industry, lets call him an un American Socialist.  Why did he have to bail out banks? Because of your idiotic deregulation. Housing crises, again deregulation from Republicans. Chemicals in all our food that is causing disease, again Republican deregulation.  Healthcare the most expensive on Earth, once again Republican deregulation. Republicans act like companies will make moral choices when their only concern is making money. That is the role of government. To make sure that companies don't rape and kill us in their unrelenting efforts to make as much money as possible. At least Obama spends money here. Every problem we have in this country can be traced back to Republicans. Republicans plans for the economy is to never bring back manufacturing and become the UN's police force, by way of fear of terrorists to the American public. Technically things like the Patriot Act are acts of treason. But that's ok with you guys as long as an old rich white guys make that choice.  Hypocrisy is the source of your democracy. And for the first time in American history the smart people are beginning to outnumber the stupid that just stood back and let all this happen to our country. 
Shame on you idiots, it is really all YOUR fault.
Nov 9, 2012 11:09AM

Don't you mean the Attacks,Lies and Slander are over? I don't think so......Socialist Piggys

Nov 9, 2012 11:01AM
I do not have to decompress....decompress the media! 
Nov 9, 2012 10:47AM
Gotta be some of the most ignorant people ever on this thread.  Obama won so get over it!  Bigotry, hatred and speaking with no facts to back you up won't cut it.  Oh, I forgot, Faux News is your model so I guess you are only parroting those idiots.  And, that makes it easier than thinking.
Nov 9, 2012 10:46AM
Obviously, my views about many republicans are correct.  You are racist and ignorant.  Wow, shame on you.  You are ugly people inside and out.  No soul, no heart, just bitter, angry people.  I'm so glad I'm not filled with the same ignorance and hatred in my soul. 
Nov 9, 2012 10:42AM
Decompress??!!, I'm just hoping that we will have a United States left after 4 more years of Obama instead of a  socialist run country.
Nov 9, 2012 10:39AM

Maybe we should break it down so certain races have 'electoral' type of votes... Hm.




Obama is a joke. I'm ashamed to be in this country right now. And im fearful of the future.


Nov 9, 2012 10:35AM
president obozo wants you to get over it...but congress better not get over it...go ahead mr. obozo its your game for the next 4 years(i just hope you dont term out before you get IMPEACHED YOU LYING FOO

Nov 9, 2012 10:26AM
Hey, one good thing about barry's reelection. The negroes didn't riot. 
Nov 9, 2012 10:16AM
In the first 232 years for the U.S., the Govt. accumulated 8 trillion in debt, the current administration has accomplished that in just 4 years. What will the national debt be in 4 years? I'm thinking about 25-30 trillion.
Nov 9, 2012 10:16AM
Of course obama may try a hitler/stalin move and just declare law whatever he wants to; he is made in that image.
Nov 9, 2012 10:15AM
All obama legislative initiatives will be blocked in the House. Gotta love it.
Nov 9, 2012 10:05AM
Cry me a river republicans,the republican party is failure, get over yourself, you made your bed you lay in it
Nov 9, 2012 10:05AM
STRESS! What the heck, I did not run for anything, no sweat off my chin we elected the man & its over!
Nov 9, 2012 9:54AM
chelsea lin, a weak chink in the armor
Nov 9, 2012 9:50AM

To Susan weegomantic (?)



Nov 9, 2012 9:47AM
Forget about the past election and look forward to our failing future or the lack of a future all together!
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