3 Healthy Habits to Help You Deal with Post-Election, Societal Stress
Here’s what’s happening on the HealthyPlace site this week:
The presidential election is finally over, but the aftermath might feel triggering. Not everyone is happy with the outcomes. The discontent is made worse by the COVID-19 virus (COVID-19 and How to Cope with Depression) that everyone thought would be under control by now, all the restrictions and subsequent isolation that is still happening because of it, social justice issues, and dealing with mental health stigma. It may seem like our society is a mess, but you can take measures to prevent yourself from feeling like its victim.
You can take measures to improve your mental health and wellbeing despite post-election and greater societal stress.
- Create a self-treatment plan. Mental heath professionals often use treatment plans to help people manage their conditions and get back on track. With the help of a professional or on your own, create a treatment plan to follow every day that will help you manage stress. Include diet, exercise, fun and relaxation, and personal goals.
- Limit substance use. Self-medicating with substance use may help temporarily mask stress and pain, but in the long run, it prevents you from facing problems and can damage both physical and mental health.
- Look for the good. Two or three times a day and before bed, jot down small things that are good in your life. This will expand your perspective to include the good in your life.
Remember that although some things are outside of your control, you do have control over your individual life.
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Today’s Question: What is one thing that you are doing for your mental health amidst post-election stress around you? We invite you to participate by sharing your thoughts, knowledge, and experiences on the HealthyPlace Facebook page.
On our HealthyPlace Instagram live, Heather discussed the struggles and how her life improved once she began the healing work. Psychologist, Dr. Kristie Norwood, joined the conversation. One thing you might find particularly interesting was her response to a question about how people become an HSP or empath. Watch the interview on what it’s like being a highly sensitive person.
While practicing self-care is good for our mental health, sometimes the idea of doing it can make people feel more anxious. In this video, learn a top tip from blogger, Tanja J. Peterson, for practicing self-care when the thought of doing it increases your anxiety. Take a look and then check out the Anxiety-Schmanxiety blog for more helpful insights into anxiety and panic.
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- Feeling Like a Failure for Getting Help
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« It’s never too late for a new beginning in your life. »
This self-help quote is good for encouraging you to start over with what you have. A positive personality will help you do that.
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