How To Cope With Election Stress?

  • Take a break from political commentary. Yes, that often means taking a step away from social media and the news. If you feel like election news or political conversations are getting to be too much, direct your attention to other things. Watch a movie, read a book, catch up with a friend or spend extra time with family (and if they’re the ones talking about politics, maybe take a break from family for a bit.)
  • Practice selfcare. Keep tabs on yourself and your emotions. If you’re having an off day, accept that it’s ok to “treat yourself.” Take a relaxing bath, go for a walk in the middle of the day, indulge in a snack or simply take a break.
  • Consider talking to a therapist. If you find that your day to day is falling apart or your emotions are tumbling out of control, know that licensed medical professionals are here to help you cope. Our team at Olive Branch Therapy Group are always here to provide you with tools that specifically help you to deal with difficult times like these. We know that it takes tremendous strength to reach out to us, so we’re here if and when you need us.
  • Take action and vote. One of the reasons we feel stress and/or anxiety is because we feel out of control. To feel more present and in control of your future, take part in the election. Most importantly, vote. (You get more information about voting here.) You can also take part in helping others to vote, volunteer for a cause you care about or campaign you believe in.

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