Lola Rolls
Advice on Life from a Former Sideshow Fat Lady

Election Stress

Posted By on Wednesday, September 30th, 2020

Dear Lola,

Stress about the upcoming election is really doing a number on my mental health. I feel it’s important to stay well informed, but watching and reading the news makes me feel overwhelmed and helpless. Social media makes me want to scream. Would it really be so wrong to just put my head in the sand until after November 3?

–See No Evil


Dear See No:

I think you should explore the middle ground between complete saturation and total obliviousness.

For one, you could send a group message to all your contacts to let them know that you are taking a break from social media until after the election. After a few days, you can assess your stress levels to see what, if any, other adjustments you might want to make.

You could pare down the information onslaught further by selecting one of the very good sources for news summaries out there. Reading only one of them for a brief period each day would still keep you relatively well informed.

Though it may sound tempting, I would caution against blocking out all news – if such a thing were even possible. Hiding is hardly a good prescription for a person who already describes themselves as “helpless.”

You might find solace and strengthen in taking some form of action, in doing something that might improve the political climate or the election, or in throwing your energy into something completely unrelated that you value.

In any event, we’ll have many more answers in a few short weeks.


Barbara Boehm Miller
Fiction Writer and Creator of the Character, Lola Rolls

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