If it is a new phenomenon to you but those who had experienced it say its stressful


By N. George

Worth Noting:

  • You are an aspiring politician who have campaigned for a considerably lengthy period to clinch a competitive electoral seat for legislative assembly and the election day have drawn near. An election day is one of the most important in the electoral calendar, as the voters determine who will represent them in the august house.
  • There are many polling stations, many agents, few tallying centres but when you listen to those who have participated in such events before they inform you that such a day the way processes are organized can sway voters to vote in one way or the other. You also hear that such days are marred by violence and other stressful conditions.
  • Fully aware of the events ahead and the stress associated with them, you can psychologically prepare to reduce the impact of stress and strain expected to be encountered. Some mitigation measures that you can take include the ones listed below.

Life is full of stages and seasons; we keep moving from one stage or season to another. Failure to experience change brings monotony, monotony leads to boredom. Boredom is usually characterized by empty feeling and frustration. It is associated with apathy, fatigue and nervousness.

Quoting Geoffrey Chaucer (1340-1400) an English poet and author, time and tide wait for no man, meaning that time similar to tide always come and go and never wait for anyone. The same happens to life if you do not initiate a move, you will not keep everything on hold, lives of others will still be changing so on relative basis you will be left behind. Fully aware of this, we need to keep bettering ourselves or planning on how to be better regardless of the surrounding circumstances.

Whenever there is a change and the new environment seem unfamiliar, we tend to be curious and in some situations those who have undergone through similar situations before will tell you that the process is stressful to start, but with time you will get used to it whether it will take a day or a week.

If you are a parent and your son have been admitted to a public secondary school which is an academic giant hence attracts huge number of learners, that being the case you are fully aware that the admission day would be hectic basically due to large number of students who would be joining and the long list of requirements which you will be required to fulfill. When you try to ask the older parents in the institution, you are told that the day is usually hectic and stressful.

Suppose that you are a Kenyan youth who have been lucky enough to secure a job as a tout in a busy route in a privately owned public service vehicle, having never worked in that sector before you are curious about the new work station. When you ask those who are in the industry, they narrate to you how first days are usually confusing and stressing but unless you go and experiment you will not be able to learn the job, and you will not receive a salary.

You have just got married and want to start parenting but listening to those who have trended in that path before it become obvious to you that it is a stressful journey more so during the pregnancy, you are also aware that most of the parenting duties are handled best when you do it yourself so that you work according to your personal specifications. You should take note of these sentiments, but go ahead and encounter the situation.

Furthermore, you are an aspiring politician who have campaigned for a considerably lengthy period to clinch a competitive electoral seat for legislative assembly and the election day have drawn near. An election day is one of the most important in the electoral calendar, as the voters determine who will represent them in the august house.

There are many polling stations, many agents, few tallying centres but when you listen to those who have participated in such events before they inform you that such a day the way processes are organized can sway voters to vote in one way or the other. You also hear that such days are marred by violence and other stressful conditions.

Fully aware of the events ahead and the stress associated with them, you can psychologically prepare to reduce the impact of stress and strain expected to be encountered. Some mitigation measures that you can take include the ones listed below.

Focusing on possible solutions. This will help you come up with several alternatives to navigate different scenarios that may arise. You will be able to overcome difficulties, shorten delays and save energies. You are also enabled to remain optimistic, release tension and have more concentration.

Seeking for advice is a wise option. Here you will visit those who have gone through similar situations or who are familiar with similar circumstances, out of their experiences they will be able to tell the issues on the actual ground and some possible alternatives. Their testimonies about how they underwent similar situations and emerged successful will serve as a motivator that you too are capable of enduring the hardships available and emerging successful.

Writing down all the activities that you intend to attend to on the day of the event will help you to remember all the scheduled activities and the sequence which they ought to follow.

Plan a schedule which has brakes on a busy day full of unfamiliar happenings and following it will help you to have a quiet downtime where you can relax, refresh and prepare for the task ahead.

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