2020 has been an intense year so for, to say the least. Between the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, the rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak and the stock market’s staggering plunge, 'Election Stress Disorder' is almost inevitable as post election tensions intensify between President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden. Can we really take much more?
NBC news reported that 47 percent of workers surveyed say the election has affected the way they work. How can we stay engaged and informed without damaging our mental health?
'Election Stress Disorder' Is It a Real Thing?
It's no secret that people on both sides of the political divide are feeling political tensions intensify. People are feeling anxious, overwhelmed and even depressed at the state our country is currently in.
I am seeing the term “election stress disorder” being talked a lot about lately to describe how people are feeling about the presidential election. But what exactly is it, and is election stress disorder a legitimate medical diagnosis?
What does election stress disorder look like?Stress can show up in the same way for people who would say they don't get stressed, feel anxious or deal with anxiety as it does for those that struggle with anxiety every day. This is because political tensions of this election are causing a disruption and some level of imbalance in your usual routine.
Are you struggling with sleep because you are worried about how many legal vs. illegal votes are being counted? Are you feeling mentally distracted due to scrolling through the news feed on social media, due to the fear of missing out on the ‘latest’ news updates?
How to cope with election stress disorder and can CBD help?
Although it’s not clear how CBD treats anxiety we know that sever research studies has shown that it may work by affecting serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is a chemical in your body that plays a role in your mood, sleep, digestion, and behavior. Research suggests that serotonin levels can help treat anxiety and depression. Certain medications, such as antidepressants, work by regulating serotonin levels.
There’s no known CBD dose for anxiety. Studies have found that doses of 300 mg to 600 mg reduce anxiety in people with social anxiety disorder. But more research is needed to determine an effective dose.
When it comes to how to take it, there are many different forms and products including:
You can even get a shot of it in your latte!