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Cleveland Clinic mental health expert advises Browns fans to focus on the positives after tough Playoff loss

One expert weighs in on how to process the Browns season-ending loss to the Chiefs.

CLEVELAND — Browns fans across Ohio were disappointed that our winning season came to an end after playing the Kansas Chiefs on Sunday evening. 

One lifelong Browns fan, Alex Robertson, says he felt a little letdown, because he really believed the team could beat the Chiefs.

“At the end of the game I saw that we had several other chances to win and again we were just a few plays away,” says Robertson.

That's why 3News talked with a mental health expert about how to deal with the tough loss. 

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Crossroads Chief Clinical Officer, Shayna Jackson, says it’s understandable to be upset, especially because fans sensed the real possibility of a Superbowl appearance.

“Everybody in the back of their minds thought, ‘but what if? but what if?’ and so knowing that that’s there and giving yourself a couple days to process through that is going to be the most important thing over the next few days,” says Jackson.

After you give yourself time to realize our winning season is over, focus on the positives from this year.

“I’m optimistic about next year, I’m feeling grateful that we were even in the game and it was competitive given all that we had going on this season,” says Robertson.

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Jackson suggests using the season's bright spots as motivation.

“Continue to use that positive energy of just really being a fan as part of that process instead of only focusing on my particular team loss,” says Jackson.

Because with a new head coach, Covid-19 pandemic, and more…we were still able to create new traditions from this winning season.

“I have a one-year-old son and we started watching the game together on Sundays and I’d like to say let’s make that a tradition,” says Robertson.

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