She advises patients to talk to people on the other side of the political divide, in order to understand their point of view. She also reminds them that big changes will not happen instantly and counsels them to do something fun and engaging. “I’ve been playing Words With Friends online in French,” she says. “It’s been wonderful.”
Dr. Steven C. Hayes, a psychology professor at the University of Nevada in Reno, likewise advises reaching out to others on the opposing political side. “Have a conversation, not to convince, but to be curious,” he said. “Practicing empathy for different points of view can help you feel less distressed.” You might find that you have more in common than you imagined.