If you're like most people lately, the answer is a resounding yes! October tends to always be a jam packed and stressful month. We're back from summer vacations, the kids are in school, work is in full gear, and there seems to be more activities than ever. This year that typical stress is compounded though with election stress.
I've been hearing it from everyone lately! No matter your party or candidate, people are feeling it. So what can you do to manage not only your typical daily stress but also election stress?
Here are 5 tips to help manage your stress:
Get the headlines and turn off the news. Any of my clients will tell you that I recommend getting the headlines and then shutting down the news, especially if it's close to bedtime. Constant news, headlines and programs with people shouting will raise your stress hormones. Simply shut if off and enjoy the peace and quiet.
Remember, unless it's your job, you don't have to talk about politics. Try to limit your political discussions, especially if you think it may result in a conflict. The odds are that there are a lot of other things to talk about that will bring you more joy. If you really can't think of a topic, you can always play cards or watch a movie.
Get outside! Nature is incredibly soothing and a good reminder of how big a world it is.
Limit social media. Research has shown social media can intensify feelings of anxiety and depression. Try to limit the amount of time you spend scrolling. Instead, talk and laugh live with friends and family.
Remember the big 3: Exercise, eat well and get some sleep!
You can also sign up for my 30 Day Stress Less Challenge that starts on Monday, October 24th! It's a shameless plug for my program but I love helping bring a little calm into people's lives. You can register here
Now, take 3 deep breaths and have a great rest of the day!