On Sunday night, I watched the second Presidential debate and became very afraid of the direction the United States is heading in. I’m tired of the attack ads, the damaging revelations about both candidates, the incessant polling by the media, and these mud slinging debates. I have election fatigue.
I’m disenchanted with the whole election process and to some degree, both candidates. As I watched the mean spirited and heated exchanges between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, I thought to myself, “This is like a mud wrestling match and I feel dirty watching it.”
This morning I noticed that some of the negative feelings that I had from the debate stayed with me. The more I read about the debate or saw on TV, the more anxious I became. I began to feel queasy and fearful for the future of this country, my future. The debate took on a life of its own; it felt like a character in the Harry Potter novels, the Dementor, a being that “drains peace, hope, and happiness out of the air around them.”1
I decided that I couldn’t let these feelings reside in me any longer. I journaled and then I decided to write this post — better out than in. Are you suffering from election fatigue too? Try these tips to give yourself a palate cleanser from this election.
Go on a News Fast
Fasts are usually done by abstaining from food for a day or more. The purpose is to remove the toxins from your body or spirit. Maybe the toxins you need to remove from your body include the information overload from this election cycle. After all, we are what we consume whether that is food or information. Abstaining from the news whether on TV, print or online can help give your mind a rest and your spirit a lift.
Filter Out Political Posts on Facebook
Did you know there is an app that will filter out posts with certain words? Social Fixer hide posts with specific keywords that you choose. Don’t want to see posts about Donald Trump? Then add him to your filter list. Don’t want to hear about Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton? Then filter them both out. Now you can enjoy Facebook without being bombarded by posts related to the election.
If you’ve already decided who you want to vote for then why wait until November 8th to vote? You can end your part in this year’s election cycle now. Vote early by mail or if your state allows it, vote in person. Find out the early voting dates in your state: Early Voting Calendar.
If you feel strongly about one of the candidates maybe the best thing you can do to get rid of your anxiety about the election is to get involved. Helping to get the word out on your chosen candidate and encouraging others to vote could give you a burst of hope about the outcome of this election.
Studies show that meditation reduces stress and anxiety. Worried that Donald Trump is going to win? Worried that Hillary Clinton is going to win? Stop worrying and meditate. Realize that at the end of the day, you can only control your own vote and your mind. Choose faith over fear, whether that’s a faith in the Universe, God, in this country or in your own ability to handle whatever comes and whoever is in the Oval office. Here are five meditation apps to try to help you deal with election fatigue: Relax, Relate, Release.