CALS Wellness Committee tip: Dealing with election stress

Many Americans are expressing that the upcoming elections are causing additional stress, and you may be impacted as well. The Cleveland Clinic recommends five steps to help manage election stress:

  • Limit your media consumption. Read just enough to stay informed. Turn off the newsfeed or take a digital break. Take some time for yourself, go for a walk, or spend time with friends and family doing things that you enjoy.
  • Avoid discussions about the election if you think they might produce conflict. Be aware of how much you’re discussing the election with friends, family members or coworkers. (Or do a complete flash back to the time when it wasn’t polite to talk about politics!)
  • Recognize that stress and anxiety about what might happen is not productive. Channel your concerns into making a positive difference on issues you care about. Consider volunteering in your community, advocating for an issue you support or joining a local group.
  • Remember that whatever happens on Election Day, life will go on. Avoid catastrophizing and maintain a balanced perspective.
  • Vote. By voting, you are taking a proactive step. Seek out balanced information on the candidates and issues, make informed decisions and wear your “I Voted” sticker with pride.

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