Are you suffering from election stress? Studies say that over 50% of us are really letting it get to us. I don’t know about you, but I am over this election. I am over the hatred and vitriol it’s brought into our lives. I am over the stress, the fear, and the actual heartbreak of everything that’s happened. We’re picking the leader of our country, but I don’t think it really feels like that to anyone. There are 14 days left until we cast our votes and I wanted to share with you some tips on how to get through the next few weeks with your sanity intact.
I think that, for the most part, everyone’s mind is made up over who they’re voting for. You’ve listened to the information, you’ve made your choice, it’s okay to unplug! Stop overcharging yourself with the same old information and opinions. Turn off the news for now. Stop scouring the internet for the latest scandals, rumors, and gossip. Go outside and do something that makes you feel good and makes you forget about the doom and gloom fog that’s surrounding this whole thing.
If you have that friend that’s always trying to change your mind, or who gets into heated debates with you over everything, tell them to back off. You are not obligated to listen to someone bash you or your beliefs. If you’re on Facebook “unfollow” those that post nothing but political propaganda and follow them back after the election. There are people in my life that I love dearly and we’ve mutually decided to just not talk politics because we both respect what the other chooses to believe. It’s a boundary and it’s a healthy one.
It’s so easy to let our feelings about the candidates bleed over onto their supporters. Stop. I know, it’s hard to separate the two, but just stop. Not everyone who supports once side is a racist or sexist and not everyone that supports the other condones lying and criminal activities. At the end of the day, we all have issues that are important to us. We want to elect someone that will champion those issues and we have to make that choice regardless of our thoughts about the figurehead for those issues.
I know people that genuinely believe that gun ownership has stopped the US from being invaded by other countries, that believe that owning a gun could be the difference between protecting themselves or something terrible happening to their families, that honestly believe that the government wants to take that away from them. How do you tell someone that’s stupid? You can’t. We all have our fears and you don’t get to decide which ones are valid. On the other side, you have fear of discrimination, fear that rights will be taken away from LGBT or that certain people won’t be represented.
It’s just the tip of the iceberg. The economy, terrorism, foreign policy, health care – each side believes there’s a different (better) way to deal with these issues and each side also genuinely fears what will happen if we don’t do what’s “right”. Each person voting is doing so because they want to protect themselves and their families and do what they believe is best, and demonizing 50% of the population because they aren’t scared of the same thing you’re scared of isn’t okay. So respect the person even if you can’t respect the opinion. Stop making mean broad statements about groups of people, stop unfriending everyone who doesn’t agree with you, respect others and if they aren’t respecting you, see boundaries.
See the Big Picture
We’re going to be okay. Doomsday probably isn’t going to happen. I know that you might believe that whoever we pick is going to start the countdown to the apocalypse, but we’ve had crappy presidents before and we’ve survived. We’ll get through this, we always do. I get super anxious about the future too, but I genuinely believe that at the end of the day the more we come together instead of separating ourselves, the stronger we’ll be. #United
Don’t take the bait
At this point, what you say has a .05% of changing someone’s mind. Stop engaging in the debates and the arguing. If someone asks a sincere question or is undecided and asks for opinions, by all means, make your case. But stop biting on all of those anti-whoever posts and memes. If you see a pro-whatever post that you disagree with, ask yourself if making your comment is going to have any effect. Chances are, it won’t. Learn how to keep scrolling, you’ll be much happier for it.