[su_dropcap style=”default” size=”3″ class=””]R[/su_dropcap]egardless of which candidate you voted for in the 2016 presidential election, you are most likely experiencing some form of stress caused by this year’s election. According to an online survey conducted by the American Psychological Association, 52 percent of Americans reported the 2016 election as being a significant source of stress. The results showed that it didn’t matter if people were registered as a Democrat or Republican – all were experiencing stress.
Now, the election is over and a candidate has been chosen. Even if your chosen candidate won, odds are that you are still experiencing stress. Stress has adverse effects on our mental and physical health, meaning it is important to find ways to cope with stress before it causes any serious damage. While nothing may cure your post-election stress, there are several ways in which you can manage it.
The American Psychological Association notes that meditation and mindfulness has proven to be almost an immediate stress reliever. When you practice meditation or engage in mindfulness, new perspectives can be gained and negative emotions can be released. This stress-relieving technique can be practiced at home or at recharj and will allow your mind to slip into a state of deep relaxation. If you are new to meditation, there are many online guides to help you get started.
2. Practice yoga.
According to the Mayo Clinic, yoga is a mind-body practice that can help you relax, as well as manage stress and anxiety. There are many styles of yoga, but the core components of yoga include poses, breathing and meditation or relaxation. Anyone can engage in this practice, and research has shown that yoga can enhance your mood, lower blood pressure and improve your overall sense of well-being. Even if you have never tried yoga, beginner classes and poses to practice at home are available.
Staying active not only maintains your physical fitness, but it maintains mental fitness as well. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America explains that stress affects the brain and the body, but if your body feels better, then your brain will as well. Physical activity produces endorphins, which are chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers and can provide relief for stress. Regular aerobic exercise has been proven to decrease tension levels, stabilize mood and improve sleep.
4. Take a digital break.
Whether you turn on the television or scroll through social media, you are going to be hit from all angles with news and opinions on the election. While it is important to stay informed, it is just as important to take a break from these digital outlets. Limiting your media consumption can give your mind a much-needed rest. Instead of turning on the news or checking Facebook, take time to focus on activities you enjoy, like reading a book, grabbing lunch with a friend or going for a walk.
5. Maintain a balanced perspective.
While this may be easier said than done for some of us, it is important to have a balanced perspective on the election. Engaging in mindfulness practices can help you accept the current emotions you’re feeling, as well as balance negative thoughts with positive ones.