Northwest Missourian Opinion

With midterm elections over, American's can take a deep breath and relax.

The incessant political ads, constant calls from politicians and even the shiny mailings they send can have an effect on a person’s well-being.

In a study from the summer of 2017 the European Journal of Public Health saw a direct connection in the decline of a person’s mental health when they participated in local and national elections.

This article, which focused on the election in Canada, showed a number of factors that have a direct correlation from the election to a local’s personal mental health with 28 percent of people involved saying their mental health deteriorated during the election.

The midterm election season can be a stressful time not only for the candidates but also for the people involved, whether that be trying to be educated about the topics voted on or trying to overcome the difficulties of voting in the current political climate.

While I have always found the election process to be interesting, the overall effect it has is evident enough in the irritability of my loved ones leading up to the election. Once it is over, they are back to normal and are happy people once again.

It has gotten to the point where my family got up in arms over the various measures being considered and the various candidates who are going to represent us in the state legislature and national government.

The thought that this power lies with someone like my family and friends is kind of terrifying and makes me stress over the choices we have made during the midterm election. While it is too soon to tell how these choices will play out, it is a great relief to know that the election is over.

The European Journal of Public Health study showed an improvement in mental health after the election process was completed. Over the months after the election, their mental health improved tenfold. While it is important to be involved in the political system, the effect on a person’s mental health can take a toll on the rest of their life.

Now that the midterms are over, there is about a year until this entire process starts overwhelming people again with the 2020 presidential election. With it comes the political ads and people knocking on more doors trying to convince citizens their candidate is the best for the country.

So take it from someone who enjoys politics, I am glad to have some time off and recharge my batteries before the next election gets off the ground and proceeds to take up every part of my life. While I typically encourage people to take an active role in local politics and being civically active, also take the time that you need to take care of yourself.

The elections have taken their toll on all of us. It is time for us to all take a break and finally get back to a place where we can go about our daily lives without having to talk about the election in every facet of life. So take some time to recharge and get ready for the next election, because it will be a crazy one.

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