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Election Day Stress: 5 Ways to Cope

The upcoming election is only days away. With many votes already cast, we’re coming down to the final stretch and many Americans, including myself, are experiencing high levels of stress. It might seem unwarranted, but it’s not. We’re currently in the middle of a pandemic, many Americans are facing job uncertainty, and tense race relations are at an all-time high. Couple this in with the fact that we’re in the final days of a presidential election, I mean, who isn’t stressed right now?

With all that’s happening, it might seem impossible, but there are a few things you can do to help cope with stress.

1. Prepare for the Possibility of Delayed Results

Again, we’re living in the middle of a pandemic. Due to this, voting looks different this year and varies by each state. This means it could take some states days or even weeks to get an accurate count of votes. Mentally prepare for these delays; find things to do to keep yourself busy in the meantime.

2. Create a Post-Election Plan

This might seem unnecessary and slightly over the top, but create a plan that will allow you to feel all your feelings when the time comes. Take a weekend getaway. Take time off work if you need to. Do whatever you need to do to make sure your mental health remains healthy.

3. Take Breaks from Social Media

It’s hard. It feels like we need to be constantly up-to-date in regards to election results but this can be overwhelming. Take time for yourself and unplug from social media for a little bit. Read a book, watch a movie, go on a run, or bake a dessert. Do something that will keep you entertained and off social media for a few hours.

4. Practice Self-Care Habits

This looks different for everyone. For some people, this could mean simply preparing a healthy and nourishing meal. For others, this could be an entire at-home spa full of face masks, manicures, and pedicures. Whatever the case may be, make sure to block out time within the day to practice self-care.

5. Remain Hopeful

Arguably this is the hardest part to do but that’s what makes it all the more important. Stress is a normal part of life, but without hope, we wouldn’t be able to get through anything. Search out stories and information that help ease your stress. Find an article that makes you feel optimistic. Pray. Manifest. Do what you need to do to remain hopeful. The more positive energy you put into the world, the more positive energy you’ll receive.

This blog post was written by Jacquelyn Kelly, Digital Committee Member.

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