Managing stress during election season

managing stress and disagreements

The race for the White House this year sure seems to have set people more on edge than previous elections. For some people, the constant barrage of political attack ads can overwhelm and make managing stress tough.

Dr. Michael Weinberg, senior manager in behavioral health at Banner Thunderbird, recently spoke to KTAR News about election and stress. His advice? Make sure you set boundaries.

With the election looming, discussions with friends, relatives and coworkers will likely increase – in person and on your social media channels. Not everyone shares the same opinions, which can often cause friction in discussions.

If you find election season to be stressful it can lead to emotional fatigue and even apathy. But beyond heightened emotions, there can be physical consequences of stress. Check out this article for how it can affect your heart. Now is a good time to take stock of your own well-being and find ways you can avoid getting angry or letting stress wreck your daily life.

As Dr. Weinberg said in his interview, “If your energy with family and friends is to show them that you are right and they are wrong, I think the outcome more often than not will be less than positive.”

Tips to Managing Stress

Looking for some tips to help you get through election season? Take a look at these resources:

Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest the following methods to help with stress:

  • Skip the drugs and alcohol. The CDC says these can create more problems and add to your stress.
  • Talk to someone. Whether it is a spouse, partner, family member, friend or a doctor or counselor, find someone willing to listen to you.
  • Don’t isolate yourself. Instead of sulking, do something fun with your loved ones.
  • Take care of yourself. Make sure you stick to your routine. Don’t forget to eat healthy, exercise and get plenty of sleep.
  • Stay active. Don’t sit like a lump on the couch. Get up and do things to help take your mind off of the problem.

While election season is almost over, the effects of stress will linger. Don’t let it get the best of you and make sure you’re managing stress.

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