How to Cope with Election Anxiety

This has been incredibly stressful. And I don’t just mean November 2nd, 3rd, and 4th and whatever days remain of this election. I mean from the very start. We’re in a time of uncertainty. It feels like all at once, our world has come crumbling down. And that is incredibly scary.

And right now, America is scared, anxious, and a bit lost. We’ve been misguided, divided, and now it feels like it’s only gotten worse. It is completely normal to feel scared and worried. Anxiety has shot through the roof for our country, no matter who you support. Even if it’s Kanye.

I’m going to help you through this time with some quick tips and gentle practices to make sure you don’t get too worried with everything going on in our crazy world right now.

  1. It’s okay to stop watching the news.

The news can get incredibly depressing. It feels like there’s never any good news out there, and no happy endings. So it’s absolutely understandable if you need to check out for a bit and focus on some positive things. When you’re ready to come back, get informed and updated on what you missed, and take it easy.

2. Find a good outlet.

If the world feels too crazy, take a break. Find a good outlet of peace for you. Read a book. Do some soul-searching. Color. Play Among Us. Write. Watch some TV or YouTube videos. Anything to bring your heart ease. This is a hard time. Don’t let it get to you so much.

3. Take a nap.

Good sleep is hard to come by. But I find that when I’m stressed or anxious, a nap in front of a window with the sunlight warming me and a light blanket and snuggle pillow calms me down. Get some rest! You deserve it!

4. Do some self-care.

Wash your face. Put on a mask. Moisturize. Sometimes stress and anxiety can cause breakouts, and those are NOT good for your skin. So if you feel yourself getting anxious, wash your face and do a good skincare routine. It also tends to soothe you.

I wish there was more I could do to help you. But elections are vital, and it’s okay to be stressed and anxious. If you ever need someone to vent to, don’t be afraid to reach out to someone you’re close to and someone you love and trust. They will listen.

No matter the outcome, we will come out stronger. Together. Better.

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