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Preparing For the Actual Day and Aftermath of the Presidential Election

By Jodi Smith | Politics | November 1, 2016 |

By Jodi Smith | Politics | November 1, 2016 |

I only know that it was an election won by current President Barack Obama. I was so stressed out that I was physically ill and stayed up all night, waiting for the lead to be a lie or for him to lose in the end. Only after it was very clear who our new President was did I finally fall into an uneasy sleep.

Even being properly medicated, I fear that this year’s election will be my most mentally exhausting and anxiety-riddled yet.

I’m filling my iPod with all of the episodes of the NoSleep Podcast that I can. I have my trusty cache of How Did This Get Made episodes. If that fails, I have music. I have already planned to avoid the cafeteria at work and the possibility of political talk that might occur there. A co-worker and I will be ordering delivery to the office and hiding in a huddle room.

I’ve stopped watching football games because there are always political ads and I can’t get away from them fast enough. I’ve played so many games of Diner Dash that you cannot even believe, because I cannot deal with reality right now.

What if this country chooses wrong and we explode into chaos? I’m far too fat and spoiled to survive such a thing and I’m sure being off my meds due to a political or racist uprising won’t help much. Then again, I’m sure the crazy would keep all but the most bloodthirsty away from my family.

At any rate, I’m going over all of this to say: Not everyone can handle the loud prattle of political arguments in the store, the office, the restaurant. If someone around you looks uncomfortable or quickly leaves the area you are in while discussing politics, maybe take a moment to decide if you are in a place appropriate for your conversation. Think of other people that can’t deal with it and keep the vitriol, spewing, and loud opinions to yourself or a very low level. Please. For the sake of those of us with anxiety or panic on any side of the political spectrum, let’s leave the polls to do the talking at this point.

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Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.