With the 2020 presidential election only a few days away, odds are you’re feeling overwhelmed. A new survey from the American Psychological Association found that almost 70 percent of respondents feel the upcoming election is causing them a significant amount of stress.
Luckily there are ways to keep calm through Tuesday and beyond. Mindfulness app Ten Percent Happier recently launched an Election Sanity Challenge, full of meditation exercises specifically designed to ease election anxiety. Not sure how to make meditation work in your space? The app’s head of coaching, Rae Houseman, gave us exclusive advice on how to find the best place to meditate in your home.
The good news is that all you need is a quiet nook to practice mindfulness, even if that means hunkering down in a bathroom or shutting your bedroom door to escape family members or roommates. Then position yourself near natural light, like a window, so that “you can feel the spaciousness of the outdoors,” says Houseman. (Studies have shown that spending time outdoors can positively affect your mood.)
When it comes to decorating your window-adjacent safe space, Domino’s style director, Benjamin Reynaert, has a few tips as well. “I like to pair a two-tone yoga mat—I love this one’s calming shades of blue—with a Cubist-inspired pillow to sit comfortably,” he says. “I also make sure to have my favorite spill-protected water bottle on hand, as well as an air-purifying plant for all those inhales and exhales.” So whip out your coziest necessities and settle down in your nearest sunlit spot—that’s where you’ll find us until Tuesday.
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