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Looking after your mental health during and after the General Election

It’s okay to feel differently about the General Election!

You may feel excited, anxious, scared, hopeful, uncertain, frustrated, heard, or unheard – and maybe even a mix of these. How you feel may also change throughout the election period!

Your friends or family may feel different emotions toward the general election than you. This is normal as everyone is different and so are our thoughts and feelings!

 

It’s important to remember that we are allowed to feel our emotions and that we should express them in healthy and supportive way. This may be through different acts of self-care, talking to your friends or family, or asking for help from trusted adults and professionals if things feel too much.

Remember to take breaks from the online world!

It’s always good practice for your mental health to take breaks from social media and news outlets, but even more so during the General Election. With so many heated debates, being spread, and all the different party manifestos being shared, you may begin to feel overwhelmed, anxious, uncertain or stressed – all of which are indicators that it’s time to switch off for a while.

You may find it hard or confusing to find simple and factual information around local candidates and party manifestos, below are some resources that you may find helpful:

 

Managing thoughts and feelings around not ‘being in control’

It’s normal to feel worried or uncertain about the outcome of the general election as we don’t know the impact it may have on our lives or futures. These thoughts and feelings may make us feel like we are not in control and negatively affect our mood and overall mental health.

 

When feeling a lack of control, it’s important to look at and focus on things we can do and can have influence on, rather than the things we can’t.

For example:

If you are over 18, you can go and vote on 4th July – sharing your voice on who you believe should represent your local area.

You can write to the candidates or share policies and manifestos from organisations and cause that matter to you.  No5 are collecting questions young people would like to have answered by their local candidates and we will publish the responses we receive – you can submit your question here. This may help influence the decisions of candidates as to what changes they say they want to make happen in your area.

 

View our Circle on Concern Activity here to help you look at what things you can do, what you can have influence, and what is truly outside of your control. This can then help you re-direct your thoughts and energy to things you can really do.

 

 

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