Are you losing sleep over the state of this election? Well, you’re not alone. Many of us have been experiencing increased levels of anxiety, stress, and insomnia throughout this election season.
And while it’s important to stay informed (and vote), there’s no doubt that political tension can trigger mental health issues that affect your daily life.
So to help with this, we’ve put together some mental wellness tips to help you cope with different scenarios of election stress.
It might seem harmless to have the news playing all day in the background, or setting up notifications on your devices to keep you updated. But this can really distract you from being productive and add-on more unnecessary stress.
Set boundaries for when you are allowed to check for updates, like lunchtime or after your day is done. Results will be slow anyways, and may take up to several days. This way, you’re not obsessively checking the news, instead of focusing on other important tasks at hand.
Keep your devices out of reach
When we say wait until after your day is done to check the news, we don’t mean spend all night watching or reading updates. Scrolling through headlines in bed can really disrupt your process to unwind and fall asleep.
According to this study, poor sleep is linked to several mental and physical disorders, such as anxiety, depression, obesity, ADHD, And if there’s one thing we all need right now, it’s a good night’s sleep.
We recommend placing your phone (and other devices you might be tempted to check the news) on the other side of the room when you’re getting ready for bed. We all know once you get into bed after a long day, it takes a lot more motivation to get up.
But if your mind is still racing about the election in bed, try this guided sleep meditation by Coach Sara S. This can still be played from across the room.
Keep a gratitude journal
The best way to get out of a negative headspace is to redirect that energy into positive by intentionally listing things you are grateful for. Take five minutes at the start of your day to make space for gratitude. This can be anything from your loved ones, the comfort of your home, or your favorite morning beverage.
Did you know that by changing your thoughts daily, you can change your own reality? Watch this video and see what gratitude and neuroscience have in common.
Take control of what you can
A lot of our anxiety stems from fear of the unknown, and between the pandemic and election, we’re living in a time of extreme uncertainty. The solution? Take control of what you can, and let go of what you can’t, whether it’s setting goals and plans, making agendas, or relying heavily on your daily routine. Whatever you can make predictable, do it.
The results are finally in, and your candidate of choice didn’t win. What do you do?
Here are some ways to cope with a president who wasn’t your first choice:
We know this time can be intense, so if you’d like more tips and resources for dealing with election stress and anxiety, try Yes Health free for 14 days, and see what your health coach recommends for you.