According to a recent survey, over ⅔ of Americans are stressed about this year’s election. If you are in this majority, you may be feeling increased anxiety, difficulty sleeping, trouble focusing on work, or feeling more irritable and on edge. These are all natural responses to increased stress. As the election approaches tomorrow, we are bombarded with commercials, TV interviews, social media posts, and news shows focusing on “what if” scenarios. It’s hard to escape. And given the current pandemic and the number of absentee votes cast by mail, we likely won’t know the outcome of the election for days or even weeks after election day. So, the stress is likely to continue and maybe even increase for days after the election.
What can you do to decrease or manage the stress associated with the upcoming election and the days following? Here are some suggestions:
Remember that none of these strategies will work perfectly the first time you try them and they may not work right away. They take practice and they may take a while to work. Stick with them. If one doesn’t work, try another. Try them all. Also remember that you are not alone. Many people out there feel the same way and are trying to manage their stress. Keep going. It will get better!
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