No matter what your politics, there’s no denying that this year’s election campaigns are bringing a whole new level of stress to our lives. As you already know, stress can exacerbate the symptoms of chronic illness, so it’s important to avoid stress during the election season as much as possible. Read on for our strategies.
#1: Don’t start or end your day with the news or social media.
There’s no better way to immediately set your day off to a stressful start than hitting twitter, facebook or even NPR on your phone before you’ve even rolled out of bed. Give yourself some time to acclimate to the day with relaxing activities, like a cup of coffee or tea, some yoga, or even a short walk outside.
Similarly, it’s not a good idea to spend the time right before bed poring over the latest polls or tweets from the candidates. Studies have shown screen time before bed can disrupt sleep anyway, so shut everything down and enjoy a book, a crossword or a hobby like knitting instead.
#2: Limit media consumption.
It’s important to stay informed, but there’s no benefit to being plugged in 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Just as you don’t want to start or end your day with election news and commentary, you probably won’t benefit from keeping one eye on it all day. Give yourself a specific time limit, once or twice a day, to check in and find out what’s going on. Then get back to your life.
#3: Talk to people in real life.
There’s no better way to end up frustrated and stressed out than engaging in political fights on social media. Discussion of the issues is great, but it’s something better done in person. People are less likely to say things they will regret later, and they’re more willing to listen when looking someone eye to eye.
#4: Take care of yourself.
Self-care is vital, especially when you’re dealing with a chronic illness. Don’t be afraid to stand your ground and announce your limits to those in your inner circle. It’s absolutely fine to bow out of political discussions to avoid the stress that causes your chronic illness symptoms to flare up. Do what you need to do to put your health first and relax when you need to.
Escape to Relaxation at IVX Health
Getting your IV infusion to treat your chronic illness may not sound relaxing, but if you’ve been to IVX Health, you know our spa-like atmosphere can be exactly what you need to break away from it all.
With the warmth of a spa and the comforts of home, you can receive your IV treatment while catching up on your favorite TV shows on our HDTVs, digging into the latest hit novel on our eReaders, or by simply hanging out with friends or family in your own private room. We’ll even provide refreshments.
We also understand the demands of a busy schedule, so we offer appointments during days, evenings and on weekends at any of our convenient locations. If you’re ready to experience the difference IVX Health can make in your life, give us a call at any of our locations.