Social media users mocked The New York Times on Tuesday for offering its followers tips to reduce election-related stress.
“Elections and anxiety often go hand in hand,” the Times wrote. “Here are some evidence-based strategies that can help you cope.”
The paper offered five suggestions, include plunging your face into a bowl of ice water, breathing like a baby, and tracing your hand as you breathe in and out.
5 Ways to Soothe Election Stress
- Try five-finger breathing. Trace the outside of your hand with your pointer finger. When you trace up, breathe in, and when you trace down, breathe out.
- Cool down. Plunge your face into a bowl with ice water for 15 to 30 seconds.
- Move. Even a walk around the block can offer some relief for an uneasy mind.
- Breathe like a baby. Focus on expanding your belly as you breathe, which can send more oxygen to the brain.
- Limit your scrolling. Consider plotting out specific times when you will look for election updates.
Critics said it was a better indicator of how the night was going than any exit poll.
Is there a more bullish signal for Republicans tonight than this? t.co/XuabZHnvqT
— Benjamin Weingarten (@bhweingarten) November 9, 2022
— Jake K. Turx (@JakeTurx) November 9, 2022
I’m sorry democracy is happening you t.co/LKTMZAeCU7
— Steve Deace (@SteveDeaceShow) November 9, 2022
— Monica Crowley (@MonicaCrowley) November 8, 2022
This is embarrassing. t.co/xlsHpNvKBR
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) November 8, 2022