4 Ways to Destress on Election Night
Today is Election Day in Kentucky and many local races are on the ballot alongside the two candidates for the president. This can be a very stressful time for teens since political candidates have a great influence on our futures and everyday lives. It is also very possible winners will not be announced on election night, so the anticipation adds even more stress to Americans everywhere. This is why Unify Louisville is providing you with 4 ways to destress on election night and the days to come.
Step away from the screen
While it is important that you stay informed, watching non-stop news coverage may be doing more harm than good. With results constantly changing, especially this year with mail-in ballots, the numbers can be constantly changing, and following these can cause unnecessary anxiety. Debating people online may also cause more tension, especially this late in the election, so take regular breaks and limit your media consumption in the coming weeks. You can stay informed and still manage your mental health.
Go for a walk or a run outside
Being immersed in technology all day, such as Twitter, the news, and the online school can really tire you of being indoors. Taking quick 5 or 10-minute walks/runs if you’re short on time. Doing these with family and friends (safely) can also give you something else to think about so you are living in the moment, instead of stressing about the future. To learn more about how to do so, click here.
Distract yourself with another project
If unplugging from social media and the news doesn’t stop your election night thoughts, take time to focus on something different. Examples can include cleaning your room, catching up on schoolwork, cooking a meal, or even calling friends. These tasks are great ways to focus on something different and really immerse yourself in what is going on in the present. For more stress relief ideas click here.
Try anxiety-relieving exercises
Here is a list of anxiety exercises that could help you during election night. Click on each to learn more.
If you feel you need to talk to someone, you can call the National Alliance on Mental Illness Hotline at 1-800-950-NAMI or reach out to a trusted friend or adult.