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How to Combat Election Stress

Five Ways to Relax on Election Night

Polls, schmolls — my guess is that many of us will be biting our nails tomorrow right until the moment the election results are in. If campaign drama has you stressed, preemptively create an environment where you're able to relax while the numbers roll in. Switch on some NPR, home of the soothingly voiced announcers, and eliminate as much of the stress as possible. For five tips on pampering yourself while you wait for results,


  1. Get a candle with a relaxing scent like sage, bergamot, lemon, vanilla or lavender. I like Slatkin & Co.'s Clean Mist ($9.50), which balances bergamot with citrus and rose scents.
  2. Use a warm aromatherapy neck pillow to treat the stressed neck-shoulder area. You might feel a little silly using it, but Earth Therapeutics Anti-Stress Microwaveable Neck Pillow ($12.70), which has lavender and chamomile, should calm you down.
  3. I don't knit, but I do know how to make friendship bracelets, which at least is something to do with my hands besides eat and bite my nails. When I don't have any friends left to decorate, I'll slather on calming lotion like L'Occitane Lavender Hand Cream.
  4. It may be kind of old school, but Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Tea always takes the edge off. (So does a stiff drink, but if the returns take a few hours, you might do better with the tea.)
  5. When you decide to turn in, try a relaxing bath. Or use a bath product as a shower gel to get the same benefits without taking the time to soak. Aveeno Stress Relief Foaming Bath has chamomile and ylang ylang oil to soothe skin.

Join The Conversation
diorbaby diorbaby 8 years
I tried that neck pillow, and it was GREAT the first few times. Then it started to smell really nasty about the seventh time I used it. It seemed to take on the scent of my microwave :-(
FoxyJo FoxyJo 8 years
I am all for voting and getting my voice out there but I had no idea "Election Parties" were such a big deal. I wish I would have taken tomorrow off too! My plan is to stay up and wait anxiously to see who are next president is...I wish I had a party to go to ;)
coachluvr33 coachluvr33 8 years
Happy voting everyone!! I think sleepy tea is in my future as well and my Bath and Body works relaxing sleep lotion. I know things get a little heated on here sometimes, but I hope the next 4 years, no matter who wins, are better for us. :)
Talldiva45 Talldiva45 8 years
Thanks for this. Great ideas and I may try a few as I am going to my grandmother's house for an election party and I know I will be anxious for the results. Happy Voting to all!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
You West-Coast dwellers get it good on Election Night!
emalove emalove 8 years
I'm starting to feel a little anxious about what the results will be...
Beauty Beauty 8 years
Being in California, I'm figuring if I'll still be at Sugar HQ when the results start coming in. PartySugar and LibertySugar are having a post-work drinkytime, so I plan to go to that... let's hope it's not a late night!
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 8 years
A few friends and I will be staying up until the wee hours to watch the returns. We'll definitely be drinking tea - albeit the caffeinated kind, we don't want to go to sleep! - but we've decided that in the mean time we should play with makeup and do crazy looks. Of course, we may not get that far, depending on how the results are going.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
Great ideas! I took Wednesday off work so I could watch the results roll in without having to worry about the 4:30AM alarm clock. I can guarantee the candles, bath and hot tea will be in there.
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