So the recent events have been extremely stressful and tense regardless, I guess, of where you stand personally. All of this stresses me out, and by all of this, I mean the election. So here are a few ways to cope with the anxiety that may help you feel a little better for the next few days or in general if you suffer from anxiety.
- Know when to unplug: I know information is powerful, and it's important to stay in the loop, so you know what's going on, but it can be emotionally exhausting. So an easy way to deal with it is to turn it off. T.vs, phones, and try reading a book or taking a nap, listening to a podcast, aren't political. Even start watching holiday movies to cheer you up.
- Try a new hobby: Personally, I like to paint when I feel anxious it helps calm my nerves, and I have something cool and new to decorate my room with when I'm done, if you aren't much for crafts, you could try baking something, cooking, yoga, meditation, gardening etc. All of these practices have been proven to help calm people's nerves.
- Exercise: I'm not a gym freak, but I can't lie that exercise does keep you busy, and when you go through the cool-down period of your workout (which is when you take a little break), you tend to feel better about yourself and more in control of your own life.
- Focus on things that are important to you besides the stressor: As much as the media will make it out to seem, the election isn't the only thing going on in the world right now. It's a major event, but events in your life matter too and if you're feeling stressed or anxious about this election or just in general.
- It's important to calm yourself down and two, think about other things, like your job or family, your new favourite tv show that just released a new season, that movie you want to watch, your pet, your partner and much more. It's important not to forget that you as a personal matter and you should take time to enjoy what you like to do during these times if you are really stressed.
- Eat something: Food does things that I honestly can never understand, but I've noticed that enjoy a good meal in general, as the ability to improve a person's mood. So, order that takeout, you really like grab some wine and ice cream cook that fancy meal you love so much. Enjoy something that will help you feel better and take you busy for a while too.
- Other suggestions would be; take a nap, sitting in your backyard and enjoying nature, and listening to classical music becuase it's been proved to calm anxiety and panic attacks. Start thinking about Christmas shopping if you celebrate,
- I would say go on a walk as well, but with the threats of violence against more or less anyone and the fact that I have no idea if people in countries besides America will also take up on that act of violence, it's safe to say maybe stay inside.
And before anyone drops their political views under here like;
"Oh, it's the leftist mofo who has something to worry about."
"It's the dumbass trumpards who are stressed."
It's just medical advice. Stress is known to cause the body's immune system to weaken, and with people still out and about, essential workers still on the front line to try and help fix covid as soon as possible, stressing yourself out could put you in a bad position. Regardless of political views, human life is human life, and I dont think people should forget that.