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2020 Election and Your Mental Health

November 3, 2020   |   By Jacqui Monahan

It is probably safe to say that 2020 is not the year we all intended it to be, with the COVID-19 pandemic and the stress of the highly polarized political climate. As election day approaches the stress may become even more apparent and start to interfere with your day-to-day life. Stress like this can have lasting negative impacts on one’s health so it is important to try and address the stress and cope. Stress may negatively impact your body and mind both immediately during a stressful situation as well as long term after the situation has passed. When exposed to a stressful situation your body will go into a form of “fight or flight” response and your central nervous system will begin to engage and tell your body to release stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. This is a normal and healthy response, however, if stress becomes chronic it can also become toxic and lead to health problems. Some of these problems may include headaches, stomach pains or nausea, insomnia, and increased depression. Thankfully, stress is not new and there are many ways to deal with it. Here are a few tips we have compiled to help you: 

  • Avoid being glued to your TV, radio, or social media all day

  • Call and talk to your friends; we are all going through a tough time and it’s important to remember you are not alone 

  • Practice Mindfulness techniques 

  • Try doing 15-30 minutes of yoga 

  • Practice doing self-compassion pauses 

  • Follow a guided meditation on Spotify or Apple Music 

  • Seek out help from a mental health professional 

  • Whatever you have been doing as self-care or stress coping, keep doing it and do even more 

  • Plan an enjoyable event on or after election day

  • Remain hopeful. Tomorrow is another day!

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