Have Election Anxiety?
Feeling anxious with the elections coming up? I think WE ALL ARE and you are not alone.
If you’re finding yourself anxious about the 2020 Elections, take a deep breath and know you are not alone. Take time to detach every night from the world. Whether that be a simple breathing exercises, reading a book, taking a hot bath, or something else entirely, do something that will get your mind off the media.
If you have family members, coworkers, or just friends who are very passionate about the elections, take time away from them or try to steer clear of political debate. Adding fuel to the fire never helps the situation so pick your battles and stay clear of political debates between people who enjoy them. Taking a step back from the political media is healthy and necessary during stressful times like this. If you’re still struggling with the elections coming up, here is a website that shares tips for election anxiety.
Moderate how much news you’re viewing.
If you have the news on 24/7, it can take a toll on your mind because you’re constantly reminded of what is going on. Try and cut your news consumption to at least 15-20 min a day or less if you can. Turning off any news notifications is another way to reduce any anxiety about the elections. Also, check your sources and be wary of news that is one-sided.
Here’s a helpful website, TurboVote, that helps you plan out your voting process. Voting without confidence can leave you feeling even more anxious, so prepare yourself to feel confident in your vote. When in doubt always reach out. Talk to someone you trust or take time to journal your concerns.