Don’t Panic About Politics — Here’s Where Your True Power Lies, by Joseph Mercola

Totalitarianism can be fought at the individual level. From Joe Mercola at lewrockwell.com:

This year’s presidential election is not for the faint of heart. In fact, over the past several months, mental health professionals have noted a significant uptick in anxiety and emotional distress related directly to today’s elections.

According to a survey1,2 by the American Psychology Association (APA) published October 7, 2020, 68% of Americans say the upcoming elections are a significant source of stress. Those with chronic health conditions are faring the worst, with 71% reporting feeling stressed about the elections, compared to 64% of those who do not have a chronic health condition.

A clear majority, 77% (up from 66% in 2019), also say they worry about the country’s future, and 71% say this is the lowest point in U.S. history that they can remember. As noted by the APA, uncertainty tends to foster stress, so it’s important to focus on the things that you do have control over. Recommendations provided include:

  • Avoid ruminating on worst-case scenarios
  • Engage in meaningful activities
  • Stay socially connected
  • Stay physically active

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