(WTAJ) — A number of central PA residents see this election as one of the most important elections in their lifetime, which is creating stress and anxiety for many voters.
Coping mechanisms have decreased since the beginning of the pandemic, due to a lack of ways to manage stress during quarantine.
One psychologist that recently saw more patients feeling overwhelmed by this election suggests that the best thing to do is take a step back.
He also suggests connecting with other people, going for walks, and limit the media you use.
“It’s great to be politically minded and to be engaged and everyone should exercise their right to vote, but we also cant involve our whole day on the newsfeed because there is plenty of media out there to be completely sucked into it,” Psychologist at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital, Dr. Jon Weingarden said.
Weingarden also wants to remind the community that there is an election every four years and there’s time to make changes in the future.