Former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton admitted recently she was shocked when she lost the election to President Donald Trump, and that she used prayer, yoga and "my fair share of chardonnay" to cope with the defeat.
The former secretary of state's remarks came on Sept. 7 during an event at New York's Riverside Church, according to CNN. The event was a fundraiser for Camp Olmstead, which is organized by the United Methodist City Society.
Clinton said she believed she was going to win the election, explaining that the loss didn't really set in until after she gave her concession speech in Manhattan on Nov. 9.
"We were in the back seat of our car on the way back to our home," Clinton said. "I couldn't speak, I couldn't really have any internal resources left."
So she turned to a variety of external resources.
"I relied on several tools, one of which was prayer, and I was lifted up and blessed by a lot of people who sent me prayers, sent me spiritual readings," Clinton said. "I also had the support of my family ... My friends rallied around and were so supportive. I did some yoga. Tried alternative nostril breathing."
"Yes, I had my fair share of chardonnay," she added.
She said her faith played a major role in helping her accept the loss and move on.
"Through it all, my faith was really holding me together in a very central way. It gave me a lot of courage to get up and keep going."
Elaborating on the topic of her faith, Clinton said she rejects the notion that people of the same religion should share the same political views.
"There is a large group of people with a very strong opinion that if you are a Christian, if you profess your faith, you can only have one set of political beliefs and if you deviate from those political beliefs, you somehow are not really a Christian," she said. "I reject that completely."
Clinton also spoke about her new book, "What Happened," which provides her own perspective on the 2016 presidential campaign.
"It was excruciating to try to write it," she said. "Sometimes I would write a couple of pages and would literally have to lie down because it was so difficult. But eventually it became cathartic."
Her upcoming book tour to promote "What Happened" is reportedly causing anxiety among Democrats, many of whom see it as a distraction that could further divide the party.
"Maybe at the worst possible time, as we are fighting some of the most high-stakes policy and institutional battles we may ever see, at a time when we're trying to bring the party together so we can all move the party forward -- stronger, stronger together," Democratic Rep. Jared Huffman of California told Politico, making reference to Clinton's campaign slogan.
"She's got every right to tell her story. Who am I to say she shouldn't, or how she should tell it?" he added. "But it is difficult for some of us, even like myself who've supported her, to play out all these media cycles about the blame game, and the excuses."
One of the Democratic Party's top donors was more straightforward: "I think she should just zip it, but she's not going to."