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.
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.
Features tools for meditation, mindfulness, reducing stress and improving sleep.
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.
Guides you through concise and easy to follow breathing exercises that can help eliminate stress & anxiety and help you fall asleep.
An app utilizing CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) methods to help you cope with depression, anxiety, anger, stress, and more.
Enter something that is causing you anxiety, and this website creates a 60-second meditation to help you find relief.
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.