We are officially in the final phase of what has been the most hellish election in recent American history, with less than 48 hours until the new president of the United States is (hopefully) officially declared. How you feeling? Pretty chill?
For many of us out there suffering from the very real Election Stress Disorder, the answer would be a resounding “No.”
Many have reached out suggesting ways to mitigate the acute terror and unease that have resulted from worrying about the future of our nation. The American Psychological Association, for example, suggested tips like avoiding political discussions and limiting your media consumption to stay balanced in this trying time. Also, talking to your therapist helps.
But there are also some quick and simple ways to momentarily check yourself out of the political madness and bask for a brief moment in a state of sensory calm. For the art lovers out there, we humbly suggest some of the mind-meltingly mellow Instagram accounts designed to de-stress and zen out, if only for 30 seconds.
Make yourself a hot cup of tea and focus your attention on things that matter, like calligraphy or sparkly slime. Behold 10 artsy Instagram accounts made to soothe your frenzied mind and get you through the next day intact. If these don’t do the trick ― well, there’s always Bob Ross.
Hate everything and everyone? How about some classic paint-mixing to ease that burning rage in your chest?!
Not bad, right? You’re still clenching your teeth. Take a minute for yourself and dive deeper into the beautiful internet hole of paint-mixing videos.
Not quite doing it for you? Take a look inside the process of making Vasari oil paints. And breathe, just breathe.
Mmm, looks like purple molten chocolate. Have you stopped obsessively refreshing FiveThirtyEight yet? How about some meditative sand-chopping to distract you? We promise that it’s nice.
Are you sand-isfied? Or still agonizing about the future of women and people of color in this country? OK, check out these dizzying patterns of dripping ink. Just like a warm bath for the eyes...
Soothing, right? How about some “bloom paintings”? They blossom like painted flowers before your very eyes!
Ah, yes, peace at last. No, don’t refresh your Twitter feed! Check out these swirling, sparkly paints instead. Do! Not! Refresh!
You digging those sparkles? Let’s add some slime. Everyone loves sooothing slime.
That’s right ― breathe in, breathe out. Feeling zen yet? Let’s finish the job with some tranquil pottery.
Why does it feel so good? Let’s cap off this gentle massage of the eyeballs with some digital mandala drawing because, wow, we’re so relaxed we lost our train of thought.
Feeling better? We hope so. Now time to unwind and get your well-rested self to the polls!