Before the Election

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don’t know about you but I have a hard time dealing with controversy and uncertainty. I know these days, there are lots of people who are anxious, excited, nervous and uncertain about this election. I’m trying to stay calm, not watch too much news and have faith in the system. I’ve already voted and returned my ballot to the official drop off place. There are so many things I can’t control and I don’t want to control. So what am I going to do? I’m going to focus on what I can control which is myself.

I was reading an NPR news article about how there’s a big chance that we won’t know who won the election until a few days, if not a few weeks, afterwards. The article reported that can be normal and not to worry too much about it.
I’m pretty sure there will be a lot of people who want to know as soon as possible who won the election either way. I also know that there will be lots of television coverage and hype regarding the election. There also may be conspiracy theories which I plan to ignore. I also plan on not talking about the election since there’s lots of people who I don’t know what their views on it may be. It’s not that I’m not excited, it’s just I don’t want to get into any heated debates or conversations with anyone. So those are the outside factors.
What am I going to do to take care of myself? I’m going to limit the amount of news that I watch. I’m going to make sure I don’t stay up too late on November 3rd. I’m planning on also severely limiting the amount of social media I consume during the week of the election. How about you, do you have a plan? I would also recommend checking out ASDNEXT resources on anxiety since I definitely think it applies to this situation.
I personally plan to be more understanding and kind to the people around me. People may be upset or stressed and even at bit short tempered due to uncertainty in their lives. I will try not to take things personally if somebody is a little bit more cranky than usual. I also plan on not bringing up the election or finding ways to say to say I’m not interested in talking about it. Words that I will use will include “I’d rather not talk about the election.” And “That’s interesting but I don’t feel comfortable talking about this subject.“ Again the most important thing I can do is take care of myself during this time.
I know I concentrated on the uncertainty and anxiety during this time but there’s lots of things to celebrate. I’m grateful that I live in a democracy where I have the opportunity to vote. I’m going to try in the future (starting now!) to find more things to be positive about. I’m going tj begin with positive coping strategies.
There are many strategies that you can use that are helpful and can be used during many situations. However, I found that no strategy works if you don’t use it. At the end of this blog, I’m including links that you may find helpful. As always, I hope you find this article helpful. Best wishes for a good fall season.
10 Tips for Voters with Disabilities
Voting Resources
Be Well, Think Well: An Overview of Anxiety

Out-of-Sync Woman

I was diagnosed at a young age and went through the special education system in public schools. Family is incredibly important to me as I grew up in a large supportive family. I enjoy being outside in nature and arts and crafts.

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