Have you been disappointed by one candidate, or two, or three, or even four? Are you feeling stressed? Are you getting sick easier? Do you need a break from all the political craziness? Chances are, you, like 52% of Americans, suffer from Election Stress Disorder. From the allegations of sexual assault around one presidential candidate, to the allegations ranging from carelessness to treason around the other, no wonder a majority of Americans suffer from Election Stress Disorder, hereby referred to as ESD. It’s kind of like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, except the trauma, which is the stress from the current election, seems to be ongoing at this point. You can simply search for information regarding how and why this phenomenon exists, but I have learned there are good coping techniques for this kind of stress. Here are a few:
1. Take a Break From Media. Or Two. Or More.
I’m serious. Get off social media, turn off the TV and the radio, warn others you’re not taking political talk anymore, and take some time for yourself. The post about someone else’s meal, baby, pet, etc. Will be there when you get back. This is also a common technique for self-care. People are crazy with stress; take a break from them.
It’s a common fact that once you turn negative energy into positive energy, you feel better. Volunteering for your passion or cause is a perfect way to do that.
3. Have Your Say at the Voting Booth.
That’s what voting is all about-having your say. I don’t have to remind Americans that voting no matter how stressed you are, how much you feel punched in the gut, that you can say everything you can with your vote. Sure, Big Social Media might try to herd you into the two major choices, but you could start a sea change away from the two-party tug-of-war that might give a better candidate a chance to vote in the future.
4. Stay in the Moment.
This is crucial to happiness, and it encompasses so many things. Many ways to stay in the moment are there.
5. Stay Spiritual/Religious.
That is, if you are Spiritual or Religious. People with religious or spiritual sides are reported to be less stressed. I’m not
I don’t care what one candidate or the other wants to be cancelled. Humor has the same effect of spirituality on stress. Besides, who hasn’t found something to laugh about this particular election?
And Finally, One for THIS Election:
Remember, this election is geared for the Toddler Brain.
Have you seen the Twitter accounts of these candidates? Come on, with all the mudslinging happening around this time, you wonder how low any of this is willing to go. I’m almost scared to watch the final debate due to the risk of physical violence. That’s how toddler it feels to me.
I would like to remind you that if you have ESD, you are not alone. Check out my last blog post for living proof. The post is called “A Deplorable Pig-Dog Speaks.”