Are you overwhelmed by the constant barrage of News updates every time you glance at your phone or laptop screen? Are you becoming increasingly nervous about the direction in which the country’s future is heading?
You’re not alone. From both sides of the political spectrum, Americans are reporting politics-related stress and anxiety.
If you’re struggling with feelings of powerlessness and hopelessness in light of the current political climate, it’s important for you to remember to take care of you.
5 self-care tips to help navigate politics- related stress
1. Walk away from the screen.
Yes, it’s important to stay informed. The news aren’t going anywhere, however. Learn to walk away from the screen when things start to feel too heavy. Go and read a book, listen to a podcast, or schedule a coffee date with a friend.
The news can wait.
2. Concentrate energy on what’s within your sphere of control.
Establish measurable and attainable goals for yourself. If it’s tied to politics, remember you can’t change everything. Focus on the issues you think you can help to change. Remember to start small.
Not everybody is cut out for initiating political change, and that’s ok. Be kind and spread general goodness.
3. Be selective about the topics you want to educate yourself on. Don’t “spread yourself too thin”.
You don’t need to follow up with everything. Choose a few topics that you’d like to stay knowledgeable about, and educate yourself slowly, over time. Knowledge will help you feel less powerless. Narrowing down the news you read will help you feel less overwhelmed.
4. Remember to stay in the present.
5. Do things you enjoy. Stay hydrated and keep a sleep routine as much as possible. Seek out the people you love.
Remember to take care of yourself. Drinking enough water, eating healthy food, and getting enough sleep can do wonders for stress and anxiety.
Spend time with loved ones to remind yourself what really matters. Go out into nature, visit a museum, or schedule a doable weekend away. Don’t let politcs-related stress take the things you love away from you.
Get help today
If you’re feeling by stress and anxiety in the current political climate, reach out for help. Call Dr. Crump now, or just fill out the form and click Send.