Election 2020: Tips on how to stay calm as US goes to polls

Many Americans are experiencing a significant amount of stress today.

‘Our nervous system is on over-drive,’ said Sue Varma, Board Certified Psychiatrist in Manhattan. ‘Sometimes even waiting for an outcome can feel stressful, and make your heart race.

‘Distraction and self-soothing are key during times of uncertainty and can be effective coping techniques,’ she adds. 

To stay calm, the doctor and television expert suggests engaging in the 4 Ms of mental health: mindfulness, meaningful engagement, movement and mastery.

To stay calm today, the doctor and television expert suggests the 4 Ms of mental health: mindfulness, meaningful engagement, movement and mastery. Graphic provided by ShareCare

To stay calm today, the doctor and television expert suggests the 4 Ms of mental health: mindfulness, meaningful engagement, movement and mastery. Graphic provided by ShareCare

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Movement

Sue recommends a brisk walk, bike-ride or hike. 

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Believe: 'I do believe that whatever the outcome, it is for the highest good, whether it looks that way at first or not. Sometimes, the darkness needs to be exposed for the light to be let in,' said founder of Evolve by Erika

Believe: ‘I do believe that whatever the outcome, it is for the highest good, whether it looks that way at first or not. Sometimes, the darkness needs to be exposed for the light to be let in,’ said founder of Evolve by Erika

Mindfulness 

To lessen stress, Dr. Varma recommends doing mental fitness apps like Calm or Headspace for a few minutes, she loves Yoga by Adrian. 

Daily Mail spoke with founder of virtual wellness center Evolve by Erika, Erika Polsinelli, who believes the chaos and intensity of the past few months have not been for nothing. 

‘It serves a purpose, to expose where we can grow and where we need change,’ said the meditation guru.

‘This may all be part of building a brighter future.

‘I do believe that whatever the outcome, it is for the highest good, whether it looks that way at first or not. Sometimes, the darkness needs to be exposed for the light to be let in.’

Self-indulge: 'Bake, eat or cook your favorite meals, spend time in nature, warm baths,' suggest Dr. Sue Varma

Self-indulge: ‘Bake, eat or cook your favorite meals, spend time in nature, warm baths,’ suggest Dr. Sue Varma

She stressed the importance of remembering how much power we have as individuals. ‘Our choices, actions and reactions create our reality.’

Erika’s 4 easy tips to stay calm on Election Day:

1. Take long deep belly breaths. Inhale through the nose and feel your chest and stomach rise, exhale through the nose to release. Continue until you feel the shift.

2. Have a mantra ready! The chatter of our own mind can dictate how we are feeling. Our thoughts also create our reality. Keep your thoughts positive. Have a mantra or affirmation to go to when you are feeling stressed. “Everything is happening exactly how it needs to for the greatest good” is an example!

3. Pull out the essential oils. Lavender is a calming oil. Put some on your hands, cup your hands over your face and begin taking long, deep, slow breaths.

4. Take a movement or nature break. Getting out in nature and/or taking a movement break can help to shift your energy out of stress. 

Erika currently has a 555 (5 minutes, 5 different breaths, 5 a.m.) free challenge on her website.

Rest assured: Founder of virtual wellness center Evolve by Erika , Erika Polsinelli , believes the chaos and intensity of the past few months is not for nothing

Rest assured: Founder of virtual wellness center Evolve by Erika , Erika Polsinelli , believes the chaos and intensity of the past few months is not for nothing

Today and beyond: Erika stressed the importance of remembering how much power we have as individuals. 'Our choices, actions and reactions create our reality.'

Today and beyond: Erika stressed the importance of remembering how much power we have as individuals. ‘Our choices, actions and reactions create our reality.’

Meaningful engagement  

Whether in person, over the phone or on a Zoom call, ‘talk to like-minded friends and avoid politically charged conversations with people who stress you out,’ said Dr. Varma.

Before you drop a line, get comfy and slip into something cozy. Yummy knits, fuzzy linings, and relaxed shapes will make you feel more at ease no matter how long the convo.

Fortunately today’s loungewear offerings aren’t necessarily meant for staying in. Sweatsuits worn as a set or taken apart and paired with leggings or a t-shirt look cooler than ever.

‘A socially distant/safe/outdoor get together with like-minded friends is key,’ says Sue.

‘Celebrating something- doesn’t matter if your candidate loses, we need the support and uplifting vibes as much as possible.’

Mastery

Sue suggests partaking in ‘some hobby that helps you stay in the flow like knitting, gardening, cleaning and organizing at home or a DIY art project to give you a sense of control.’

‘Bake, eat or cook your favorite meals, spend time in nature, warm baths.’

While movement and engaging in a relaxing activity are a must, the doctor also recommends getting plenty of sleep tonight. 

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