Coping With Election Anxiety: Resources To Help

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2020 has been a stressful year (to say the least). And after yesterday’s election, you may be feeling even more anxiety. But know this you’re not alone. We’re all in this together, and there are steps you can take, lots of resources – and ways to feel supported – as we all deal with a range of emotions. 

Keep scrolling to see our tips for navigating beyond election day, and all the resources available to help you find healthy outlets for your feelings.

We encourage you to share how you’re feeling. Let us know in the comments below, whether it’s the ways you’re coping, additional resources that may be helpful, or just to share your thoughts. We want to act as a community for people to connect and deal with difficult times – in a space that is judgment-free.

 

HOW TO STAY CALM Post-Election 

Due to the increased number of people voting by mail, it may take days (or even weeks) to have a clear picture of who has won many races, especially the president. So in the meantime, keep these tips in mind to help yourself stay sane- and be mentally prepared for what could come next.

 

  • Don’t Overreact

    Initial vote tallies and news reports may indicate one thing, but we won’t know things for certain until all votes are counted.

  • Be Wary Of What Others Are Posting

    Misinformation can spread quickly, so verify the information you see on social media before you accept it as fact.

  • Tune Out If You Get Overwhelmed

    If news coverage becomes too much, take some time to tune out and go for a walk, do a craft project, or simply be in nature.

  • Be Prepared For What’s Next

    While we may have results after a few days, media coverage and court battles will likely ensue. Prepare yourself for many months of potential anxiety ahead.

 

APPS & WEBSITES That Offer Support

Channel your election anxiety in a positive way, by utilizing one of these apps or websites to share your feelings, practice breathing exercises, or meditate.

 

Headspace

Features tools for meditation, mindfulness, reducing stress and improving sleep.

 

Lyf App

Lyf is a social media app where users share highly personal aspects of themselves without the fear of judgment. You can feel free to be yourself or write anonymously while receiving support.

 

Breathwrk

Guides you through concise and easy to follow breathing exercises that can help eliminate stress & anxiety and help you fall asleep.

 

What’s Up?

An app utilizing CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)  methods to help you cope with depression, anxiety, anger, stress, and more.

 

Pixel Thoughts

Enter something that is causing you anxiety, and this website creates a 60-second meditation to help you find relief.

 

Anxiety & Depression Association of America

Tips for coping with anxiety and stress, and additional resources to get help.

 

Share your thoughts in the comments below, whether it’s the ways you’re coping, additional resources that may be helpful, or just what’s on your mind.

 

  1. These are important things to keep in mind! Thank you for sharing. I appreciate these resources. Even as someone working in the mental health field, it is important for me to be reminded to take care of myself and accept the things beyond my control.

    Thank you!

    1. I’m so happy that these resources were helpful to you with everything you do for others! Thank you for your comment. Stay safe and empowered xx -B

      1. As always you just seem to know what we all need and when we need it. Perfect recommendations ❤️

        1. Thank you love! Hope you found these resources helpful. xx -B

  2. Thank you for this article and offering or resources for all of us. It is appreciated. We have been in such a cluster of emotions for so long now; it is getting challenging to try and “just enjoy the day”. Our minds are full of clutter.

    I personally find nice walks and meditation are my go-to’s for copying. I can tell when I need to focus on my inner self health.

    While I do not watch the news; or read it – it hurts my soul; I do encourage my family & friends to not watch the news. The new is full of such frenzy – it’s hard to know what is really going on. Turn it off and be patient. Also, staying off social media is KEY. While I do still scroll through Instagram and Snapchat; it is easier to scroll past negative. It’s full of amazing pictures.

    Wishing you all peace, love & light. <3

    1. Thank you for reading and taking the time to share your experience. With everything going on right now, it’s so important to take care of ourselves even more for the future. Sending all my love! xx -B

  3. Hi Bobby, I am from Malaysia, knowing Fab 5, knowing Bobby Berk website, knowing you have a link for US voting and now this concern for sharing anxiety makes me feel so enlightened how to be a better person living in this world. I am super impress with the energy and positive vibes and it is spreading all across the world and reaches into my heart living so far away. My aunt lives in NYC and she’s been one of the frontliners working in pharmacy to prescribe medicine for all who needs it. I pray hard for all to be good and smooth for my family out there and everyone in Bobby Berk company. Stay safe and keep loving!

    1. Thanks so much for reading and sharing your comment all the way from Malaysia! Sending my love to you and your aunt – Let’s stay safe and stay strong together. xx -B

  4. Thank you so much for this info! It’s been a very awful week for me so I needed a reminder to slow down. My mother is in the hospital and when she gets out she will have to go to a care facility for 6 to 8 months. My father just had major dental surgery today and so I have to deal with all that and my brother who is epileptic (we all live in the same house). So thank you so much for this help today!!

    1. Thanks so much for your comment – sending my thoughts & love to you and your family during this hard time. Hope you can take a little time for self care each day. xx -B