This is a news-filled week, and also a hard one, filled with uncertainty and emotion, no matter which side of the political divide you’re on. Here are some resources to help manage the stress, as you keep up with the news.
With everything happening around us, it may be difficult to find that piece of calm. If your mind races, if you feel annoyed: That’s normal. But sometimes, even under normal circumstances, you just need a minute to inhale and exhale. Kapil Nayar, a counselor and mindfulness expert who grew up in Moorestown, recommends trying breathing exercises for two to five minutes and see how you feel; the best length depends on the person. Some may feel benefits in only two minutes; others may need more time.
Lie down on the floor. Place a book on your stomach. Now breathe deeply and focus on lifting the book. Try this three times, and when you’re able, build up to five times. Make it a goal to reach seven times. Pace yourself as needed. If you feel dizzy, don’t push it.
Use this gif to help you visualize the exercise:
— Cassie Owens
What did you really vote for this year? What issues matter to you most? If there was a candidate out there campaigning to bring change on a topic you care about, it’s guaranteed that there are countless other organizations working on it, too. Show your support by contributing to their efforts. Use today to do the research that perhaps you’ve been putting off. Which grassroots organizations can you get behind? Are there other ways you can volunteer in the future? Make a plan to keep the momentum of civic engagement going beyond Election Day.
— Grace Dickinson
Start with this video to help you relax:
— Astrid Rodrigues and Cynthia Greer
Remember, while the election is dominating the news cycle right now around the world, there are still stories of resilience, success, community strength, and people doing good work. If you need a place to start, check out our section The Upside.
You’ve heard the piece Spiegel im Spiegel in countless movies — and in a couch scene from The Simpsons. Let the full 11 minutes of Arvo Pärt’s calming work take you away to blissland. It’s the world’s most soothing work of classical music; here’s what to listen for as it unspools.
— Peter Dobrin
If your stress level is worrying you, it’s important to know: There’s help when you need it, and there is no shame in reaching out. There are so many places that are offering free or low-cost support. And, you don’t have to leave your house to use it. These are just a few places where you can turn for help.