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Just like the rest of 2020, we’re going to have an unprecedented Election Day.

Election Day 2020 really resembles Election Week (or, God forbid, Election Month), thanks to the huge amount of mail ballot dropped because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Unlike previous years, it’s unlikely we will be able to call a winner on Tuesday night in the presidential race between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. And beyond the time required to count votes, legal battles can result – lawyers have lined up across the country to challenge voting rules and individual votes.

To put it bluntly, voting this year has been overwhelming, not to mention keeping an eye on every election update and news developments. We want to help you with your mental health care while you are up to date.

If you have voted (and if you have not already voted, visit USA TODAY’s voter resources page for help), we provide some wisdom, entertainment and comfort on our What will be a stressful week for everyone.

Be patient, if you can

We live in an impatient society. We want everything right now (deliver in two days! Download now!) And have to wait longer to find out the results of what feels like an elongated electoral cycle can be stressful .

But preparing yourself for the long haul can make this week easier. As USA TODAY’s editor-in-chief, Nicole Carroll said: “The number of incoming and absent ballots in many states means the tally can take place over days. Delay does not mean It means the system is working and the states are making sure every ballot is counted. “

Limit your news consumption to what you need to know

You don’t have to be glued to the phone or the TV screen to be sure you hear important election news.

Dr. Linda Anegawa, primary healthcare practitioner at virtual health platform PlushCare said: “There is a line between becoming an informed citizen and driving yourself crazy with all the goals. topics and social media chats. “These activities can not only become time-silly, but can also drain your emotional energy.”

If you haven’t learned anything new and feel anxious, it could be a sign that you need a break.

Do something else

You can take some time this week to take care of your mental health. In fact, it is extremely important to do so when the news is stressful.

“These are challenging times for all of us, so it’s important that we take care of our mental and physical health more than ever,” Anegawa said. “It is important that we all strengthen ourselves in every sense of the word.”

Reconciliation, mindfulness, distraction, and entertainment can help us relax in this crazy week. Here are a few ways you can channel your restless energy into a no-voting activity:

You can watch one of the best shows on Netflix. Or Hulu. Or Amazon. Or HBO Max. Or Peacock. There are so many TVs at your fingertips ready for a distracting, intoxicating session.

If you want to see a movie than committed to a TV show, here is the film critic Brian Truitt favorites from 2020 (so far). For a child-friendly option,Try out one of these 25 great movies.

Still need a movie? To try on one of our 100 favorites. There is definitely one on the list that you will like.

Or maybe you are a better reader. There’s nothing like curling up with a good book. Try to download one of these top 20 for fall.

Sam Smith, Bon Jovi and Dolly Parton all released new music in October. Take time Localize with your headphones.

Start your vacation shopping. Have Many sales have already begunBut we can recommend one 15 products to help reduce stress. Maybe you need them for yourself. Maybe you need them right now.

If you don’t want to spend money right nowYou can also try to do some on your own Autumn fashion trend at home without shopping.

Plan your safe Thanksgiving. Dr. Anthony Fauci and other health professionals foreshadowed major family encountersBut that doesn’t mean that Thanksgiving won’t be a festival. Especially menu (maybe try Cornish hen game instead of turkey), Zoom calls with your family, Handmade and more can make your Thanksgiving special.

Stress grill. It is time consuming, fun and delicious. We have recipes for Beginners, moderate bakers and experts here. And if you care about bread and want it fast, here are a few Bread recipe without yeast.

Think. If you’ve never tried meditation before, here are some tips to get started.

We’ve been talking to a number of astronauts recently about how they handle anxiety and isolation. Here are the five tips they have Take care of your mental health.

Sleep. The daylight saving time is hard enough to adjust without staying up too late.

The year 2020 has been trying for all of us. Do whatever you can to stay healthy during this crazy week in this crazy year. And if you need more support, USA TODAY’s Staying Apart, Together newsletter is dedicated to helping you cope with pandemics and other stressors in your life. It always has a picture of a cute pet. You can register here.

And don’t worry, the election will still be there when you come back to the news. Track USA TODAY coverage for accurate, up-to-date results and analysis.

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