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Election Day Mental Health Tips

Just when 2020 couldn't get any worse, election day rolled around. I don't know about you, but lately it feels like I just cannot escape stress. It follows me around like a perennial dark cloud looming over me. COVID-19, the start of my Ph.D., family emergencies... and now the election.


Election time can be incredibly hard for many people and the additional stressors we are all facing this year do not make it any easier. So, here's my best tips for staying sane and getting through the day!


Take space from social media

Social media can be a beautiful place to share and express opinions; however that can also be it's biggest downfall at times. If you're feeling stressed maybe take time to log off and not expose yourself any more to public disagreements.


If you don't want to totally log off, try these tips:

  • Set time limits

  • Choose one social media platform that you feel comfortable engaging with that day

  • Make goals (i.e. post to encourage voting, watch the stories of my closest friends)


Take breaks

It usually takes quite a long time to get back election results. Take breaks throughout the night to engage in some self-care. Here are some of my favorite ways to relax:

  • Read an engaging novel

  • Work on a hobby

  • Do a face mask

  • Watch a sitcom

Set boundaries with people in your life

I am all for healthy political discourse, but election night is not the time to get involved in a debate. If you have friends or family with opposing views communicate with them that you are not comfortable talking about the election.


Create a schedule

My motto: free time is the enemy. Plan out your day ahead of time to keep yourself busy and avoid being tempted into spending too much time on the news or social media.


Engage in physical activity

Physical activity can improve your mood! Take some time away from election updates to engage in a quick (or not) workout! Just a little bit of movement can go a long way to reduce your stress levels. Here are my favorite home workouts:

  • ZUMBA or Dance Workouts

  • Simple Ab workouts paired with lunges and squats

  • Barre workouts

  • 21 Day Fix or MBF on Beachbody


Hopefully some of these tips help you to stay calm on an otherwise stressful day. If you still find yourself struggling text HOME to 741741 to connect with a confidential crisis counselor!


Until next time,

Arcadia

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