RICHMOND, Virginia – Elections can be stressful. According to a study published by the American Psychological Association in 2020, 68% of adults said the election was a major source of stress.
Dr Lakesha Roney of Inner Self Counseling and Consulting LLC in Richmond says people face multiple levels of anxiety due to the election and the ongoing pandemic.
“And there’s a lot of frustration with the political climate. I think there’s a lot of polarized views, which adds to the frustration, so that’s what I see. hear a lot from customers, ”she said.
Dr Roney says there are five ways to deal with stress.
- To be present
- To be open minded
“So being present is just about breathing, taking a deep breath, and understanding that you have to allow yourself to feel all the emotions that you are feeling right now. If you try to avoid those emotions, they start to pile up. and it may exacerbate your current condition or your symptoms. So just allow yourself to feel it, “said Dr Roney.” It’s a way to take care of yourself. A lot of people practice meditation, yoga and that sort of thing, ”she added.
When you talk to others about the election, Dr. Roney suggests that you stay open-minded.
“Remember that not everyone grew up in your household and people have different views, and sometimes we have to agree to disagree, and that’s okay, just stay calm and keep going, ”Dr Roney said. And those people that we have different points of view with, we have to stay close to those people because that can decrease the anxiety that we have or the fears that we have about these different points of view when we get to know. folks, we find out that hey, even though this person has a different point of view than mine, I still have things in common, ”she added.
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