How to Deal with Election Stress

Each Presidential Election cycle seems more contentious than the last, and this time around it's taking a toll on the mental health of voters. Of course, it hasn’t helped that so far every day of October has come with an unwelcome surprise. According to the American Psychiatric Association, more than half of Americans, and up to 59% of Millennials are significantly stressed about the election. It doesn’t seem to matter if you are a man or woman, Democrat or Republican, black, white, latino, or Cheetos-colored. So the APA (aka the people who write the DSM) issued guidelines to help people cope. 

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These tips will help you make it to Election Day.

Tune the Hell Out. Unless you are an undecided voter, you really don’t need to read every single poll or follow the twists and turns of each ridiculous news story. My husband and I recently started putting a dollar in a jar every time we mention the election during a weekend.

Don’t Go Negative. I recently went canvassing in a swing state for HRC, and was a little surprised that the campaign asked us not say anything negative about Trump as we went door to door. Wasn’t changing people’s minds they whole point? Their rationale was that creating conflict isn’t going to help anyone. The APA agrees. Make FLOTUS’ quote your motto: When they go low, we go high.

Get Involved. Turn your stress into action. Even if the presidential campaign is making your stomach turn, you can still volunteer for someone in your state and local election. Here’s how to rock the vote.

Don’t Prep for the Apocalypse. You don’t have to be a stat master to know that about half of Americans will be pissed off on November 9th. But life will go on. Our country has been through world wars, epidemics, and economic depressions. We got this.

Vote. Even if you aren’t excited about the candidate you are voting for, doing the one thing you can do will make you feel better.