This article was written and submitted by a member of the community: Cheryl Conklin.
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Today, many people are fed up with politics, craving unity, and harmony in this polarized nation. If the current political climate is wearing you thin, you’re not alone. The American Psychological Association reports that 62 percent of Americans are stressed about the political climate and 69 percent are very concerned about the future of our country. As a result, people are experiencing tension, trouble sleeping, irritability, and digestive problems. It’s no secret that ongoing stress can be extremely damaging to our physical, emotional, and mental health. Brought to you by My Herbal Box, here are some budget-friendly ways to practice self-care when you’re struggling with political stress.
Take a Staycation
Getting away from all of life’s stressors is easier and more affordable than you may think. Taking a staycation can give you a much-needed break without all of the packing, budgeting, planning, and stress that comes with an out-of-town trip. Even though you’ll be staying in your own city, consider booking a vacation rental so you can avoid the temptation to tackle errands, chores, and housework during your time off. If you’re looking for quiet rest and relaxation away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Turnkey recommends renting a Carlsbad vacation home.
Disconnect from Technology
While technology certainly has plenty of benefits, maintaining a constant connection to the rest of the world can be exhausting. In fact, studies have found that spending too much time on social media can lead to depression and loneliness. Similarly, receiving endless news updates on our smartphones can cause chronic stress and make us feel like the world is a much more negative place than it really is. Consider powering down and taking a break from your devices for a while. Not only will this help distance you from negativity, but it will also give you more time to engage in the activities that make you happy.
Stick to a Daily Routine
In a changing and unstable world, a daily routine can do a lot to keep you grounded. A routine can help you feel a greater sense of control over your life and can serve as a gentle reminder that no matter what happens, your personal life will remain constant and predictable. According to SkilledAtLife, a daily routine is also great for fighting stress because it reduces the number of decisions we need to make and the amount of planning we have to do as we move from task to task. A routine can even help you break bad habits and adopt healthy lifestyle changes!
Try to structure your day around a schedule. Every morning, for example, plan to walk your dog, unload the dishwasher, and meal-prep for dinner. Your evening routine could involve tasks like packing lunch for the upcoming day, cleaning up the kitchen, and practicing yoga. And be sure to work some aromatherapy into your day. Herbs like My Herbal Box’s organic lavender are known to help reduce stress and anxiety. You can be as specific or flexible as you want in your routine, as long as it works for you!
Go Outside and Get Moving
One important activity to include in your daily routine is exercise. Physical activity is vital to long-term health and works wonders against chronic stress. If you’re feeling angry or frustrated about the state of the world, hit the gym or head out on a run. Exercise — especially vigorous-intensity physical activity — is an amazing way to ease tension in the body and boost your mood. For even greater mental-health benefits, take your workout into the great outdoors. Spending time in nature has been found to reduce levels of cortisol in the blood. At the same time, exposure to natural light can give your emotional health and energy levels a boost.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the negativity in the world, try to prioritize self-care. It’s more important now than ever to tend to our mental health and find ways to promote our long-term well-being. Thankfully, you don’t have to take an expensive vacation or dedicate hours of your day to enjoy the benefits of self-care. Try incorporating these simple techniques into your life to get started on the path to wellness.