Some Tips For Handling All That Election Anxiety

NORTH TEXAS -- The long election season comes to an end Tuesday (we hope), and with it, maybe we'll see an end to all the mudslinging!

That's something that's gone beyond the candidates, and even beyond social media, to t-shirts and signs and even violence between supporters.

Ross Teemant is the senior director of behavioral health services at Texas Health Resources and an anger management specialist.  He says this constant barrage of negativity isn't so good for us.

"The more we see it, and the more frustrated we become with maybe how someone else acts," Teemant said, "The more anxious we get about it, and the more frustrated we get with it, and the more afraid we may be of it."

So how do we combat this?

"I think we turn to those sort of normal, everyday answers to stress and anxiety," said Teemant. "Exercise.  Proper nutrition.  Monitoring our sleeping habits, encouraging sleep hygiene, looking at meditation, might be prayer for some individuals.  Those things that help you relax and calm down are true for election stress as much as they are for any other stressor."

But Teemant says two things can help with election stress specifically.  Number one?

"Knowledge," Teemant said. "Really doing your own research and not relying on what you're seeing on social media as absolute truth."

And the other thing?

According to Teemant: "Don't not vote.  Have your voice heard.  Whether you like the outcomes of it or not, have your voice heard."

Yeah, no matter what your t-shirt says, the only way to be officially heard is to show up Tuesday (if you haven't already) and vote.