As Charlottesville, a vibrant college town of 50,000 people, prepares to cast their ballots for two new council members and the next governor on Tuesday, former mayor Walker will not be running. After the elections, the city council will select the next mayor. Walker is renowned for his frankness when it comes to those he believes are too slow to change. Democratic candidate Josh Throneburg expressed his disappointment and noted that Democrats need to work better together.
In light of the upcoming elections, the American Psychological Association has provided helpful advice on how to manage electoral stress. The election season can be a stressful time for many people. With so much at stake, it's easy to become overwhelmed by the news and the political climate. It's important to remember that you can take steps to manage your stress and stay informed without becoming overwhelmed.
Take Breaks from the NewsIt's important to stay informed about the election, but it's also important to take breaks from the news.
Taking regular breaks from the news can help you stay focused and avoid feeling overwhelmed. Try limiting yourself to a few minutes of news each day or taking a break from the news altogether for a few days.
Focus on What You Can ControlIt can be easy to get caught up in worrying about things that are out of your control. Instead, focus on what you can control. This could include volunteering for a campaign, attending a rally or march, or simply talking to your friends and family about the issues that matter most to you.
Take Care of YourselfIt's important to take care of yourself during this stressful time.
Make sure you're getting enough sleep, eating healthy meals, and exercising regularly. Taking care of your physical health can help you manage your stress levels.
Talk to SomeoneIf you're feeling overwhelmed or anxious about the election, it's important to talk to someone. Talking to a friend or family member can help you process your feelings and provide support. If you need more help managing your stress, consider talking to a mental health professional.
As Charlottesville prepares for its upcoming elections, it is essential for citizens to remember that they can take steps to manage their electoral stress. Taking breaks from the news, focusing on what one can control, taking care of oneself, and talking to someone are all effective ways of managing stress during this time.