According to recent research, 55% of Americans polled feel that they're seeing more negative campaign ads than in previous years, 63% feel that we’re headed in the wrong direction, and statistics consistently show that women are two times more likely to experience anxiety and stress than men.
"The presidential election process can be a tense, stressful time that brings out strong emotions to the surface," Cincinnati-based relationship expert Shari Goldsmith says. "In addition to the mental health symptoms, anxiety can impact your physical health -- it's not something to be taken lightly."
Goldsmith offers the following survival tips to keep in mind during the campaign:
1. Limit exposure to social media such as Facebook. Allot a specific amount of time to catch up on new events and stick to that time-frame.
2. Be aware of your polarized thinking when it comes to the candidates. One candidate is not all bad, and one is not all good. There might be adjustments, but we are not “doomed” with either candidate.
3. Refrain from futile political conversations at work, with family or neighbors. This is a one-way ticket to anxiety and frustration. You both are entitled to your own opinions and chances are, you not going to sway each other.
4. Seek professional help if you can’t seem to deal with the anxiety and stress.
Goldsmith recently authored a book, "31 days to Finding Your Inner Sass – Shortcuts to Girlfriend Happiness" to help women develop better relationships - with themselves and others. The book is a collection of a daily journeys to find happiness and success in the reader's personal and professional life.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
As a Mental Health Therapist, Women’s Life Coach, Speaker and Author, Shari works with clients and readers to identify the challenges that are standing in the way of you reaching your full potential. After enjoying a very successful career in Business Operations and Program Development, Shari decided to go back to school to fulfill a dream of receiving her Mental Health Degree. Her vast business experience combined with her Mental Health expertise gave her the perfect combination of skills to help women discover where they belong, subsequently reinventing their lives. Learn more about her at www.sharigoldsmith.com.