- Minimize Screen Time: Chances are, both your TV and social media channels have been taken over by this election craze. Turn off your computer and back away. Find a book off the New York Times bestseller list, start doing crossword puzzles, go for a run, or catch up with a friend. Spend some time focusing on activities in your life that ordinarily make you feel more at peace.
- Avoid Political Arguments: It may be tempting to weigh in on an political remark made by a coworker or family member, but it’s not likely that the interaction will leave you feeling any better. Instead, excuse yourself from the conversation or direct it in a less contentious direction. And remember, set ground rules to keep political talk out of the dining room on Thanksgiving.
- Look out for Feelings of Depression and Anxiety: While some stress is normal, if symptoms like worry, dread, or hopelessness are impacting the quality of your daily life, it might be a good idea to take a mental health screening and seek out help from a trained mental health professional to see if you may be experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety, which is common, but treatable.
This election has brought up a number of important social topics for discussion, albeit some difficult and potentially triggering ones. Make sure you advocate for yourself and your mental health. Seeking out treatment can have a huge impact on your overall wellbeing and quality of life.