This is one of the more personal posts I’ve shared in a while, but I felt I needed to. With the current political situation as it stands in America, I find myself torn. On the other hand I want to pack my bags, head for the nearest airport, and leave the country. I find myself wanting more and more to speak up and speak out. As embarrassing as it is, I’m also not ashamed to admit that I’ve had a few panic attacks within the last 11 days since Donald Trump became our new ‘President.’ If you find yourself stressed out and starting to panic, check out some of these tips for dealing with the stress.
The Guardian offers a great article article on how to cope with political stress. Some tips include:
- Most important in dealing with the political stress is to feel your feelings. It’s important to know what you are feeling and that it’s okay to feel that way.
- Monitor or limit your social media. The biggest way to cope with political stress is by looking at your social media. If you are feeling particularly overwhelmed, sometimes going ‘dark’ can be a good thing. Give yourself a break. You can also block certain people or posts.
- You can’t predict the future. The best thing to do is stay optimistic. I know it’s hard given what has already happened, but try to stay positive that maybe, just maybe, calmer heads will prevail. Try to be positive that the American people, not the politicians, will win this time.
There are other things you can do to help reduce and cope with political stress or anxiety. First and foremost is be a voice in your own community as well as online. Call your congressmen and women. Let your voice be heard. Organize PEACEFUL protests and rallies. By becoming active, you are going to start feeling more hopeful.
Experts suggest spending some time outdoors. Take your four legged friend for a walk. Go for a jog. If you live in a warmer climate, take your favorite book and go sit under the biggest tree you can find. Go sledding with your friends and family if you live in a cooler climate. By distancing yourself from the media, if only temporarily, you’ll start to feel more relaxed.
The most important thing to remember is that you are not alone. Find a support group or, if you need to, talk to someone. It might seem impossible now, but we will get through this.
How do you cope with political stress?