The signs and the ads are everywhere and there are still eight days to go before the election. By now, you may be feeling the campaign season stress.
On Monday morning, Bryan Hatcher, the director for the Center of Development & Education for CareNet, stopped by to share five tips on how to relieve it.
Here are his tips:
- Hold to your convictions and passions. Vote out of your core values, and you will always feel confident in how you cast your vote.
- Do not personalize someone else’s convictions or political stances. Each of us has a right to our opinion and to exercise that opinion at the polls. There will always be many people with whom we disagree, and that is the beauty of our political system – it allows for diversity and options.
- Become informed about the candidates and their perspectives, then know when to turn it off. The closer we get to Election Day, the more jargon, finger-pointing, one-upsmanship and derogatory statements become the norm in political advertisements. It is good to know when to turn off the TV, radio, internet or other media that are running them. Or, if you can’t turn them off, then just learn to laugh at them.
- Find some friends who hold similar values. It can be easy to feel as if you are all alone in your values if most of what you hear is a vastly different message. It is good to have regular interaction with others who believe as you do during such polarizing times as a national election.
- Maintain your habits of wellness and self-care. If you exercise, meditate, read, watch movies, hang out with family or friends as a normal part of your life, then by all means continue those same practices during the high stress of an election campaign.