So we got through the midterm elections… now what?
Whether you’re a candidate gearing up for election results or a citizen who just voted, elections can be mentally and emotionally draining. It’s important to take time to regain your energy and rest your spirit. Here’s some things we suggest:
1. Go on a walk with a loved one.
Whether it’s a family member like your close friend, unwind and spend some time outside before the sun sets too early. Fresh air and quality time is a great way to reset your mental state. During stressful times, it can take just a simple walk to help us once again recognize and appreciate our support systems and environments.
2. Watch your favorite show, or pick up a new one.
Sometimes laziness is the best medicine. Grab a snack, settle back, and try out some of our team’s favorite, binge-able shows:
- Arrested Development
- Drink Master
- Brooklyn 99
- New Girl
- The Great British Bake Off
- Bob’s Burgers
3. Try a new recipe.
Cooking and/or baking isn’t for everyone, but it can be a great de-stressor and a way to get your mind off of things. Making your own food can also feel more rewarding and satisfying. Try this chocolate mug cake for a quick two-step treat, or this no-knead bread for a homemade staple.
4. Hit the gym!
Working out is a well-known method of relieving stress and releasing endorphins. There are many forms of exercise, including yoga, cardio, muscle fitness, and active sport. Although working out isn’t necessarily for everyone, it is a great way to get your body and mind in an energized state – and the hot shower that follows can feel even more rewarding than usual!
5. Take a break from the news and social media – for at least a couple hours!
Social media and 24-hour news cycles are mentally exhausting on their own, and that’s only compounded in election years. It may be tempting to continuously check on election predictions and news following the big day, but trust that anything you need to know will be brought to your attention. Maybe easier said than done, but turn off your phone (or at least your notifications) and try to detach yourself from the chaos that is happening around the country.
And finally, give yourself a pat on the back for pulling through. Elections are not an easy time, and it is easy to get caught up in the aftermath of them. We hope that this list inspires you to refresh your body and mind for the important work we’ll all continue in 2023!