Hello all, let me tell you I am exhausted today, running mostly on caffeine. And if you’re in America, you probably understand that I was up late and early tracking election results. And if you aren’t in America, you are probably wondering how much more complicated and confusing can our elections become. And this has caused me to be where many Americans likely are today, experiencing a transition from election stress disorder to election fatigue.
Election stress disorder was a term first coined during the 2016 election. It is caused by the fact that more Americans than ever feel anxiety that they will lose their way of life and the country they know if the other side wins. Too much of this has been caused by unfair mischaracterizations of the other side, mischaracterizations that have been amplified by social media, where lies and propaganda ricochet around the world wide web far faster than the truth does.
And as anyone who lives with anxiety knows, the constant stress and anxiety of an unknown situation, in this case a national election, can be enough to create fatigue. This is especially true when combined with late nights and early mornings and the fact that we still don’t have a clear answer one way or the other.
So if you are stressed and fatigued by this election, I am right there with you. Yet America has been through stressful periods in the past, and there is no reason to believe that if your candidate didn’t win, it will be the end of America as we know it.
And in the mean time, don’t forget to take time for self-care. If you were up late last night, get a good night’s sleep tonight. If you are stressed, step away from the news and social media long enough to practice some meditation and deep breathing. Whatever is going to happen, will happen. And we will cross that bridge when we get there, just as we always have.