Hey there, friend. As we gear up for another election season here in the US, it’s important to take a moment to breathe and reflect on how we can protect our mental health. For many of us in the BIPOC and queer communities, this time can be especially stressful. 

Political discourse can often be intense, sometimes hostile, and it frequently touches on issues that hit close to home. Here are some tips to help you navigate this season with your well-being intact.

1. Set Boundaries with Media Consumption

The 24-hour news cycle can be overwhelming, especially when it’s filled with contentious debates and distressing headlines. It’s okay to step back and limit your exposure. Try setting specific times of day to catch up on the news rather than staying plugged in constantly. 

Consider using apps or browser extensions that limit your time on social media, where political discussions can be particularly heated.

2. Curate Your Social Media Feeds

Your social media should be a space that feels safe and supportive. Unfollow or mute accounts that cause you stress or anxiety, even if it’s just temporarily. Follow accounts that uplift and inspire you. 

Many activists and mental health professionals share valuable content aimed at supporting BIPOC and queer communities through stressful times. 

Filling your feed with positive and empowering messages can make a big difference.

3. Connect with Your Community

Isolation can amplify stress. 

Reach out to friends, family, or support groups who understand what you’re going through. Whether it’s a virtual hangout, a socially-distanced coffee date, or a group chat, staying connected with those who get it can provide much-needed emotional support. 

Sharing your feelings and experiences with others who understand can be incredibly validating and comforting.

4. Engage in Self-Care Practices

Self-care isn’t just bubble baths and face masks (though those can be great too!). It’s about taking care of your mental, emotional, and physical health. This might mean journaling, meditating, exercising, or engaging in creative activities that bring you joy. 

Regularly checking in with yourself and identifying what you need to feel grounded and secure is crucial.

5. Seek Professional Help if Needed

There’s no shame in needing extra support. Therapists and counselors can offer valuable tools and perspectives for managing stress and anxiety. 

If you’re looking for a mental health professional, try to find someone who is culturally competent and understands the unique challenges faced by BIPOC and queer individuals. Many organizations offer directories of therapists who specialize in these areas.

6. Focus on What You Can Control

It’s easy to feel powerless during election season, but focusing on what you can control can help reduce anxiety. 

This might include volunteering for causes you care about, getting involved in local politics, or simply making sure you’re registered to vote and encouraging others to do the same. 

Taking proactive steps can provide a sense of agency and purpose.

7. Practice Mindfulness and Grounding Techniques

Mindfulness and grounding techniques can help keep you centered during times of stress. 

Simple practices like deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, or mindfulness meditation can help you stay present and reduce anxiety. 

Apps like Calm or Headspace offer guided exercises if you’re not sure where to start.

8. Remember to Rest

Election season can feel like a marathon, not a sprint. It’s important to take breaks and allow yourself to rest. 

This might mean taking a day off from political discussions or dedicating time each week to activities that replenish your energy. Rest is a vital part of maintaining your mental health and resilience.

9. Affirm Your Worth

Amidst the noise and chaos, remember that your worth is not defined by the political climate. 

You are valuable, deserving of respect, and worthy of peace. Affirmations and positive self-talk can be powerful tools for maintaining a sense of self-worth and dignity.

10. Celebrate Small Wins

Finally, take time to celebrate small victories. 

Whether it’s a personal achievement, a moment of joy, or a step forward in your activism, acknowledging positive moments can boost your morale and provide hope.

Navigating the election season as a BIPOC or queer individual can be challenging, but you’re not alone. Prioritizing your mental health is crucial, and there are many resources and communities out there to support you. Take care of yourself, stay connected, and remember that your well-being matters. We’ll get through this together.

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