In recent times, we’ve seen more division in political views, causing heightened tension and unease surrounding political dialogues. This tension, termed “political stress,” has been challenging for many. Similar to general stress symptoms, political stress can manifest with physical signs like headaches, a racing heart, perspiration, exhaustion, and stomach issues. It’s common to feel overwhelmed, scared, irritated, or upset about political happenings. Such feelings may push people to sidestep political dialogues, media channels, or even gatherings to avoid political talk. The relentless wave of political updates can be overwhelming, hampering one’s daily routine and projects. In this blog, we’ll help you learn how to handle political anxiety.
Engaging with our professional counselors can be a salve to those grappling with these feelings. Our counselors provide an unbiased, accepting space to discuss and navigate emotions without fear of conflict. They are equipped with various tools, from mindfulness practices, cognitive-behavioral techniques, to spiritual references, to aid in easing stress. Engaging with someone who shares your spiritual foundation can be instrumental in offering clarity and a holistic perspective, especially when talking about political anxiety.
For the spiritually inclined, religious texts offer solace during chaotic phases. This is why consulting a counselor with a shared spiritual foundation can be so beneficial – they offer insights that resonate with one’s faith. Reflect on these passages:
Proverbs 12:25: “Worry can rob you of happiness, but kind words will cheer you up.” This highlights the soothing power of understanding and empathy.
Philippians 4:6-7: “Avoid needless stress and in all you do, be prayerful, thankful, and ask God for guidance. God’s peace, which is beyond all comprehension, will stand guard over your heart and mind through Christ.” This message underscores the tranquility achievable through faith and dialogue.
James 1:5: “For those seeking wisdom, ask God. He provides abundantly and without judgment, and you will receive.” This reinforces the idea of seeking spiritual or professional guidance when in doubt.
Political stresses, despite being common in our times, can be handled. While personal coping methods are useful, there’s often a need for external input, especially from those familiar with the foundation of your beliefs. This approach ensures not just pragmatic solutions but also spiritual reassurance during shaky times.