Following the highs and lows of the 2016 Presidential election can be stressful. While it’s normal to feel stressed out occasionally, prolonged periods of stress can affect your health, relationships with family members and friends, and ability to function at home, school or work.
Stress, if not managed effectively, can lead to serious health problems, such as mental health disorders, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other illnesses.
Common Signs of Stress Include:
- Increased irritability
- Withdrawal from normal activities such as work and school
- Increased alcohol or drug use
- Insomnia or sleeping more than usual
- Isolation from friends and family members
- Frequent headaches
Tips for Coping
To help cope with stress during the election and throughout the year, ensure that you are eating healthy, well-balanced meals, getting regular exercise and plenty of rest every night. It’s also important to build an emotional support system of friends, family members or clergy to talk to when necessary.
Make Time for Yourself Every Day
Just 30 minutes each day reading a book, meditating or listening to your favorite music can help relieve stress.
If you or someone you know needs help, call Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services for a free consultation at 800-204-8600