Voting stress. Enough said. Most of us would probably agree that the last year has been fraught with “political stress“. As we get closer to election day, stress heightens, blood pressures rise, and nerves are on edge. Election talk seems to permeate every corner from the home and office to social media to neighborhood talk. In some cases, election talk creates rifts between family members and friends. It can become one hot mess.
Here are some tips to keep you sane…
- Educate yourself on the candidates
- Accept that we all have a right to our opinion
- Accept that you probably will not change another person’s opinion
- Realize that your opinion may be just as “objectionable” to others as theirs is to you!
- Remember – political parties and politics are labels; at the bottom of it all is a person
- Choose how much media you let into your life from polling info, to the evening news, to social media banter
- Take care of yourself; that means step away from a discussion when you need to; don’t engage
- Keep perspective in all things
- Manage your stress and practice good health habits
- Be kind