Who is ready for this election cycle to be over? I definitely am!
I have heard from so many about how stressed they are about the potential outcomes of this election cycle at all levels; local, state and national. This has been a long election cycle during a pandemic where people have more free time on their hands. The endless news cycle with both sides pummeling their audiences can be mind-numbing. Having a civil discourse became difficult in many circles.
I have been working with many individuals who have been working on personal and professional areas of growth. Some have been working on self-awareness, conflict management, how to deal with difficult employees and on coping skills to help deal with anxiety. This is a great time for them to use these new skills to help them get through the next week.
My parents told me at a young age that the politicians in Washington, DC make the laws but what truly impacts you day to day is what happens in your backyard. As I was raising my family and in my work, I have focused on those things that impacted those areas.
Regardless of who wins, I ask that you continue to take the passion you have been expressing to truly begin or continue working in your communities. Even better, go up the chain as far as you can. If you are new to this, pick one thing to focus on and then expand as your time allows.
School boards, County Commissioners, planning commissions, Boards of Health, PTOs, church councils, state government meetings, task forces and so, so many ways to become involved. This is just the tip of the iceberg. You have a computer at your finger tips which allows you to ‘attend’ many of these meetings. Many of these entities record their sessions so you can watch them at your convenience.
Find your passion and become involved. Speak up for those who don’t feel like they have a voice. Listen to those who have a different perspective and opinions to see what you can learn. Accept that not all of your views will be accepted by all. That is OK. Regroup and figure out how to move forward.
So what can you do to get through the week?
Seven Ways To Combat Election Anxiety
- Limit the amount of news that you watch to 10-15 minute snippets
- Stay off of social media
- Take a walk outside and absorb some sunshine
- Work on a project that requires focus
- Interact with nature
- Watch your favorite comedy
What will you do to relieve election anxiety?