Coping with Political Anxiety

The last two days have been too much. Screaming insanities at the impeachment hearings. Giuliani giving us all the middle finger by going to Ukraine. Republicans siding with Putin and not the U.S. Constitution. Bill Barr gaslighting America in a soothing Mr. Rogers voice.

Ever the nerd, I went online to see if I could find some advice and found the article that is cited below. I wanted to share the following excerpt with you in case you do not have time to read the entire article. We are in for eleven more months of sturm und drang as Trump fights for his political life and freedom “by any means necessary.” Stay strong.

~ Eva

COPING WITH POLITICAL ANXIETY

Being politically active is one strategy that can help combat anxiety, as helping contribute to change often provides a sense of self-efficacy and hope while reducing feelings of helplessness. This action can take the form of voting, calling political representatives to make opinions known, participating in protests, joining organizations, or volunteering. Limiting social media involvement can also be helpful for some individuals. While social media can be a good way to stay informed, it can also be stressful, as it often involves heated debates and nasty comments.

Making time for adequate self-care can also help people cope with anxiety and stress. Self-care involves getting adequate sleep, maintaining a nutritious diet, being physically active if able, and making time for hobbies and relaxation, which can include activities such as meditation, yoga, and massage.

Here is the whole article:
https://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/psychpedia/political-anxiety