Forget the post-election blues: Here's how to make what you do next matter.

Volunteering at a food bank is one way to channel your emotions about the 2020 outcome into a positive action.

(CNN)After years of campaigning and days of uncertainty following Election Day in the United States, the results may be cause for celebration or mourning, depending on who you voted for.

Whether it's a good or bad outcome for your side, there are ways to leverage the emotions of this moment to use your life to further the causes you care about and possibly be a part of building lasting change.

Vote and register people to vote

    The state of Georgia will have two runoffs, scheduled for January 5, because no candidate in either of the state's US Senate elections reached the 50% threshold required to win the seat outright. Democrat Jon Ossoff is facing incumbent Republican Sen. David Perdue. Meanwhile, Democrat Rev. Raphael Warnock is challenging incumbent Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler, who has held her seat since being appointed by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp in 2019.
      Remind your Georgia friends that early voting begins on December 14, and you can offer support to your campaign of choice. If you're local, help drive people to the polls.
        Don't live in Georgia? You can still get involved in other US states by getting people to register to vote. While partisan groups do try to register supporters of their parties, it can also be a nonpartisan effort -- think of getting high school seniors to register to vote or people at a retirement community. (Nearly everyone 18 years of age and older can vote.)

        Do a good deed

          If it's important to you that tensions cool, start with a few simple tasks.
          Let another driver merge into your lane. Pick up the tab for the person behind you in the drive-through. Plant a tree. Write a thank-you note for someone whose selfless work is going unnoticed. Call a friend who needs some consoling (whether they agree with you politically or not). Apologize to someone you've hurt. Adopt an animal from an animal shelter (it's OK that the animal will be doing a good deed for you).
          Donate money to a charity of your choice. Donate blood.


          Donate time. It's a great way to get to know your neighbors and fellow community members — even masked — in a way that fosters a sense of connection and collaboration. It's also a good way to get away from the political doomscrolling on Facebook and Twitter, meeting people in real life (6 feet apart and with a mask, of course).
          One way to get started is to visit the Points of Light website, where you can search for opportunities in your ZIP code for areas that interest you such as mentoring, homelessness and literacy.
          Or try VolunteerMatch, which also offers a special section on how to support your area's Covid-19 response. Helping others during the pandemic is a meaningful way to build your sense of worth, experts say.

          What's your personal mission?

          "While the election is behind us, the work continues. Democracy is a daily journey," said Emily Cherniack, the founder of New Politics, an organization that works to revitalize American democracy by recruiting, developing and electing servant leaders who put community and country over self.
          Use this moment to carve out space for reflection so that your next actions reflect your own deepest values, she recommended.
          "The more clear you are about who you are and your personal mission, the easier the next steps are," Cherniack said.
          For people craving clarity, her organization is running a free 90-minute online session on December 8 to help them think through their personal leadership mission.

          Organize around your issues

          As you refine your sense of personal purpose, it could naturally align with a particular cause that matters most to you. Many of them will offer ways to directly use your talents, such as design, construction, the law, accounting, communications and more. Or it could be a way to try out a part of your brain you've never used before.
          Take a leap, enlist as a volunteer and see what happens. You may even decide that you feel best suited to hold public office yourself.
          Helping register others to vote is one way you can be a part of the civic process.