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Post-election emotions, anti-inflammatory drugs and depression, using technology wisely
November 15, 2016

Help and healing from anxiety and depression for adults, kids, teens and those who love them.

Post-election emotions

Having trouble after the election?

Follow these tips to keep your stress low.

Communicate without aggression or defense.

Learn skills of good communication if you choose to have a dialog with others who you have a disagreement with. You don't have to look very far to see how aggressive the exchanges about politics have become. Poor communication leads to anxiety.

Refrain from calling other people names, blaming, attacking, or belittling the other person you are having a conversation with. Don't get defensive. These acts get you nowhere. If you can't do this, then don't get into these discussions. I know of families whose post-election anxiety, anger and conflict is so insurmountable that they have cancelled the holidays this year. This speaks to the depths of fear and anger this election has caused.

Stay off social media.

If you choose to be on social media, do so with a specific intention. Be wary of getting sucked in to negative posts or conversations. Social media can eat away hours of your day, and contribute to your post-election anxiety in numerous insidious ways. Be firm with yourself and limit your access.

Choose what you ingest.

What you read and watch has an impact on your anxiety level. Again, choose the time to watch news or read news papers and remember that they might not be accurate. Are your television choices increasing or decreasing your anxiety?

Children have post-election anxiety too.

Anxiety and anger are contagious. How you react when you are anxious, angry, or have disagreements becomes the template for how they will handle interpersonal relationships and stress. Have open conversations with them about their thoughts, feelings and fears. Teach them kindness and good communication skills. Learn more about communication skills here

Take control of your technology

Did you know that the artificial light from TV and computer screens can affect the production of melatonin and throw off the natural rhythms of the body? Several studies have found heavy technology use to effect deep sleep. If you suffer from deep sleep deprivation your immune system weakens, you may suffer fatigue and depression. It's no wonder that other studies have found too much technology is linked to depression and anxiety.

What to do?

Try these four things for two weeks and see if you don't feel less anxious

Limit your technology use

Have a common area where technology is used in your home and don't break that rule.You are less likely to mindlessly pick up your devices this way

Turn off all devices one before bed time.

No devices in the bedroom

Apps for mental health

There are also some great things about technology! Below are two apps that can improve your mental health. Joyable- which has been used to treat social anxiety in the comfort of your own home, and Headspace, a very popular meditation training application. Social anxiety application Download this great meditation app.

Some anti inflammatory drugs found to help depression

A new study at the University of Cambridge suggests that certain classes of anti inflammatory drugs are helpful to patients who have high inflammation levels and have not been responsive to antidepressants. This is exciting news and can help point researchers towards a better understanding of the role of inflammation in depression something that is not yet fully understood.

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