Ask Sofia: How do I handle post-election stress?
“We’ve been hearing about fear, anxiety and sadness from our patients throughout this particularly contentious election cycle,’” said Jennifer Knapp, nurse practitioner at Clinic Sofia. “Patients talk about newly strained relationships, concerns for their children’s future and many other topics that surfaced during the recent election. Our first objective is to listen to every patient without judgment – Clinic Sofia is a safe environment where you can express any thoughts and concerns.”
In addition, Knapp recommends the following for her patients:
- Continue to have meaningful conversations with close friends and family, and keep your support group close. Closing off can enhance feelings of isolation or frustration.
- Take care of yourself. Maintain good nutrition, exercise and sleep to help with symptoms of anxiety.
- Focus on what you can do to make a positive change. On a local level, you can make an impact on the issues you care most about.
- Practice mindfulness and gratitude; take a few minutes each day to note the good things in your life.
- If you are struggling with depression and anxiety, we encourage you to meet with a therapist to further support.
“Winter can be an isolating season, so it is more important than ever to stay connected to loved ones and to take care of yourself,” Knapp added.