When feelings of anxiety occur due to a major national, regional, or community event, that can aggravate other anxieties people may be having that are not necessarily related to that event. Past memories of anxiety may also be triggered by such events, adding to current stress.
Here are a few tips to help manage anxiety and stress you may be feeling related to the recent U.S. presidential election, inauguration, and transition. These tips can also be applied to anxiety related to other major events.
- Stick to routines.
- Even if you don’t feel like going to work or working out like you usually do, stick to going as much as possible. Routines ground us in the here and now, and remind us of things within our control that do not have to change.
- Seek social supports.
- Talk about your thoughts and feelings with others, enjoy time to share experiences that can help you cope with the feelings, or distract you from them temporarily so you can take an “emotional breather.
- Limit your interaction with things that might aggravate your stress right now, like social media and television.
- Take compassionate, caring actions to support others, where you can.
- Be the one to help a friend in crisis, or a stranger in need, or volunteer to assist others in a cause that you care about.
- Call the Lifeline if you are in distress or would like to speak to someone.
- It’s available 24/7, and is free and confidential. You can call us at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Use this graphic to share coping tips with your friends and loved ones:
A Facebook Live interview with Dr. John Draper, Director of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, during which he discusses the current election and ways to cope if you are feeling overwhelmed.
#WriteOnSarah’s blog about election anxiety, where she discusses her personal anxiety struggles related to the election cycle and ways to cope.
JED Foundation’s blog that is full of tips on managing election stress.
The American Psychological Association’s blog on tips to help people manage their stress related to the election.