Six Strategies for Getting Through Nerve-Wracking Political Events
Moms have a plethora of useful skills, not least of which is often managing a household while maintaining a career. However, political candidacy comes with some scenarios that many moms may find to be new and fairly uncomfortable, from participating in live on-air interviews to giving presentations to participating in political debates. Here, six strategies to help get you through those nerve-wracking political events.
- Heavy Work. Often a technique used in the sensory processing community, heavy work, according to Understood.org, is “any activity that pushes or pulls against the body...helping kids with sensory processing issues feel centered”. And guess what? It can help you too. Try this...before you head out of your home, do ten push ups. If you’re feeling playful (and let’s face it, you’re probably not), have someone hold your legs and walk around the house wheelbarrow style for one minute. The pressure you’re exerting out your arms and away from your stress centers can help stave off panic. As a last resort, if you’re already at an event, head into the bathroom and do standing push ups against a wall or ground your feet and curl your toes.
- Jump on a trampoline. Exercise is great for stress, and we suggest getting plenty while you’re campaigning, but the fact is that time is of the essence. For a quick stress-busting blast, head onto the trampoline. Ten minutes of jumping—even five!—will get your heart rate pumping and provide a release to all that anxiety. Even better? Jump with your kids. You’ll be getting some family time in with some much needed movement.
- Sing. If people have ever told you to breathe deeply when you’re experiencing stress, you’re not alone. The problem is that breathing deeply—even though it increases your oxygen levels—isn’t always easy, especially when your heart is pounding and your thoughts are racing. Instead, we suggest putting on your favorite songs, turning up the volume, and singing along. Why? While singing, you’re releasing pent up energy and also taking in oxygen. By turning the music up loudly, you’re enabling yourself to join in just as loudly, using more energy. No songs coming to mind? Check out some of our sing-along lists on Spotify.
- Use your senses. Sometimes the answer to stress is just being present. When you feel anxiety creeping in, place both feet firmly on the ground and spread your toes. Breathe deeply through your nose and use your senses to identify the things around you. What can you see? Smell? Taste? Hear and touch? The key is to list at least three items for each sense so that you’re forced to slow down and just. Be. present.
- Just dance. If heavy work and trampoline jumping don’t do it for you, but you feel the need to move, just dance. Turn the music on loud and get down. Be sure to listen to stuff you like so you get out of your head a bit, and let the music carry you. You’ll be releasing your neurotransmitters and having fun while you’re at it. Have your partner and/or family join you, and turn the whole thing into a family dance party.
- Be grateful. Oftentimes, stress is the result of dwelling on things that may or may not happen in the future. One of the best ways to pull away from a dwelling mindset is to get present with gratitude. Whether you write them down or just say them to yourself, list twenty things you can be grateful for right now. Remember, nothing is too small, and in fact, the more specific you get, the more your mind will explore the nooks and crannies of your present rather than worrying about the future.