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3 Easy Ways 3

Check Your
Election Stress
BY TORAL M. FADIA, MD

In this presidential election year, as we saw in 2016,
politics and divisiveness over pressing issues seem
to monopolize the news we're watching and the
conversations we're having. Some Americans are anxious about
the outcome of the election.
Here are some basic tips to help you protect your peace of
mind during this election season:

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1

Limit your exposure
to the news.

You can stay informed without
getting sucked in. A few minutes
of headline checking in the
morning and afternoon is plenty.
Try setting a timer on your
phone for 10 minutes, and stop
watching, reading or listening
when it goes off. You may even
try a "news fast"-don't watch,
read or listen to any news for a
few days and then compare the
difference you feel in your stress
and anxiety levels.

2

Toral M. Fadia,
MD, medical
director,
Northside
Hospital
Behavioral
Health

Let go of what you
can't control.

You cannot control anyone else's
opinions, what politicians say
or do, or the result of the election.
You can become an informed
voter. You can volunteer to support
your favorite candidate or help
out at your local voting center.
Putting your energy into efforts
within your control can minimize
your stress level and offer you
a sense of satisfaction.

3

Stay in community.

As humans, we need a
sense of belonging to feel safe.
Connecting with people who
share your values and beliefs
lowers stress by reminding you
that you're not alone. Remaining
close to friends and family can
offer a deeper sense of wellness,
knowing that regardless of the
outcome in November, these
loved ones will remain, supportive and steadfast. *

If You Need to Talk to Someone

Northside Hospital Behavioral Health experts encourage,
equip and empower people to live healthier lives. Learn more at
northside.com/behavioralhealth.

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