Our favorite articles on managing election stress
If you're feeling stressed, it's important to remember that you're not alone. Many people are feeling anxious during this time -- some licensed therapists are even calling it “election stress disorder,” a feeling many may experience due to loss of control that can cause strain in mental and physical health, and even personal relationships. But there are a few small methods that can make a big difference in minimizing stress. Read on for a roundup of our favorite articles about how to cope!
This article lays out a few simple ways to cope with election stress, such as “acknowledge when you need help; channel your stress into something productive; monitor how much news you consume; set boundaries around political conversations; be wary of social media triggers; and don’t forget about self-care.”
New York Times: Rest Better With Light Exercises
The stress of election season may cause difficulty falling or staying asleep, leading to even higher levels of anxiety and mental and physical exhaustion. Luckily, there are a few easy and non-intensive ways to improve your quality of sleep; namely, stretching and meditative movement. The breathing and stretching exercises in this article can make the body more relaxed before bedtime! If you’re looking for a guided stretching routine, try out the StretchIt app for free for 7 days.
Remember: you are not alone in feeling stressed -- even if the political climate seems to be consuming all of your thoughts. It is important to “recognize what you can (and can’t) control,” as this article states. If you voted, you did your part -- now do some self-care, take a bath, light a candle, or watch a funny movie!
Tune into this radio segment for some advice and reasoning behind “election stress disorder” from local physician Dr. Gordon Cohen. These insights can offer a more positive view of how different political opinions can make us stronger at learning how to deal with emotions.
V Magazine: Soothing Baths for Ultimate Stress Relief
Relax your mind and body by dipping into a warm bath mixed with one of the luscious bath salts they recommend in the article or create your own! V Magazine suggests adding calming chamomile, skin-softening coconut oil, or soothing oatmeal. Splash in your favorite essential oil and grab a cup of tea or wine to complete the full spa experience right at home.