Preserving political wellness

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With the election season finished, I believe it is time to revisit and address the emotions we have all felt. Many people were surprised about the results of the presidential election, some are extremely happy; some are struck with grief, anxiety and fear. Political affiliations aside, I believe it is extremely important to continue having fruitful political discussion, even though the votes have already been cast.

The thing I have found most success with in the last few weeks has been having positive political discourse with those who have differing opinions to me. Hearing and truly understanding the other side of any argument is incredibly important, but this does not mean you have to change your view. Empathizing with those who may be afraid isn’t only the right thing to do, it is the only way we can preserve what makes the United States so great; our differences.

Many people have found it very helpful to temporarily disconnect themselves from major news networks and social media, and while this isn’t a permanent solution, it can definitely promote mental and emotional wellness. However, it is important to expose yourself to new experiences and social issues, so permanently tuning out those resources may end up negatively affecting people in the long run.

Psychology Today reports that 52 percent of Americans have experienced stress and anxiety from this election, and they say the way to respond is with compassion for others1. I completely agree with this sentiment. Now, more than ever, it is important to be a good person. Politics and personal beliefs aside, this world we live in needs more goodness. It is on every single one of us to make our community, our country and our world a better place. No political party, religious belief or personal opinion should ever get in the way of being a decent human being.

Here I have listed a couple articles on how to deal with post-election emotions; check them out:

 

  1. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/your-personal-renaissance/201611/moving-forward-after-the-election

By Ben Eccles

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