• Laura Rahel Crosby

Managing Election Stress

Updated: Nov 4, 2020

Election day is less than a week away. Make sure you're taking care of your mental health.

Election week in the United States comes with a lot of stress, we can often feel overwhelmed when it is approaching. Here are three tips you can use to help manage the stress that comes with election day.

  1. Focus on the power you do have, and use it. Whether it's voting, writing your local, state, and federal policy-makers, helping others to register for voting- recognize what personal power you do have and use it.

  2. Practice gratitude for all the blessings you have. Even in difficult, burdensome seasons, we have so much to be grateful for. Some ideas- your family, shelter, your education, your job, your pet(s), having food to eat, and water to drink. Focus on any of these blessings you have.

  3. Stay offline- unfollow people if their views are hurting you, protect yourself from attention-grabbing headlines/media that focuses on the bad. Take a few days to break away from media if it's worsening your anxiety, fear, anger, or sadness. Information is good, focusing entirely on negative news is not.

These few tips can help protect you during this season from unnecessary stress. By focusing our thoughts and attention on what is in our control, on the things we have to be grateful for, and on things happening in real life, with the people we love, we are helping our brain focus on the good.

Carolina's Creative Counseling is sending everyone kind thoughts during this heavy season.

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