It’s election eve 2020. And I’m keeping myself calm by focusing on what I can control.
I haven’t watched, read, or listened to any news in more than two weeks. I stopped looking at the vile comments people somehow feel are okay to say to one another.
It was all too much. My anxiety had reached nightmarish levels, quite literally.
The months leading up to this election have been toxic like no other. And our mental health has suffered greatly because of it.
This is your reminder to take good care of yourself, avoid poisonous people, and focus on what you can control.
I will break my news-detox tomorrow to watch the election results. I pray we can once again come together as a country.
If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or text MHA to 741-741.
If you are not in crisis, but need to talk to someone, my partner, Mental Health America, can help you find a warmline. Warmlines connect you with trained support staff who understand what it’s like to struggle with mental health problems, and can help you address your current situation. Go to mhanational.org/warmlines to find a warmline near you.