During this election season, many individuals experienced significant feelings of anxiety, stress, and depression. On Saturday November 7th, after days of waiting, Joe Biden was announced President Elect. For some, these results instilled hope and excitement. For others, these results raised concerns and anger. No matter who you voted for, it’s important to care for yourself during this political climate.
Here are some tips that can help you manage feelings of stress and anxiety:
1. Practice Self-Care
We cannot overstress the importance of managing time for yourself. Make sure to prioritize well balanced meals and sleep. While this may seem simple, this is often difficult for many individuals feeling stressed. Eating well and sleeping well can help increase energy and mood each day.
2. Be open minded
There may be topics on the news that cause uncertainty and feel like the unknown. Set a specific time that allows you up be up to date and review what changes are occurring such as new policies.
Take time to disconnect from social media, news articles, TV and any other devices that may be triggers. While it is important to be informed, it is also important to take time away from the stimuli that are increasing levels of stress.
4. Excuse yourself
With the holidays approaching, politics are likely to be a topic of discussing. If you feel that the conversation is intense or cause you higher levels of stress, you may excuse yourself or attempt to redirect the conversation. While these conversations may be unavoidable at times, it is okay to express your concerns.
5. Seek Help
Speak with a qualified counselor. Whether it is individual therapy or group therapy, there are options here are Quintessential Health to help with your mental health needs. During this difficult time, we are here to help you manage these stressors and provide personalized treatment to best assist you.