I heard recently, “The reason no one knows how to talk decently about religion or politics, is because we tell people to never talk about religion or politics.”
The world has possibly lost the art of agreeing to disagree. Let’s remember: If I don’t agree with something you say, it doesn’t mean I don’t love you or that we can’t be friends anymore. People are different, and we all have different opinions. And that’s okay! Not only is it okay, but it’s what makes the world the beautifully diverse and rich place that it is! A difference of opinion should be embraced, not attacked.
One of the most divisive times we live through is the election year. Everyone has an opinion, and some people are a lot more aggressive about their opinion than others. It is important to remember that the main goals of any election year are to exercise your freedom to vote, vote your conscious, and allow other people to exercise their freedom too. Although the election process is far from flawless, it is one of the great freedoms we have in this country. Every person has a voice.
So, what do we do when those voices start getting out of hand? What do we do when all the talking heads start to create anxiety within us? What do we do when it seems even our friends and family are attacking each other over political beliefs?
Here are 5 tips for staying calm this election year.
1. Turn off the news and detox from social media. You’ve heard it said, “You are what you eat.” This is true for everything we consume. If you’re constantly consuming media that is toxic, you’re going to feel toxic.
2. Seek out honest sources – do your own research. This one is pretty difficult to do these days. It seems every time we turn on the TV or radio, we receive extreme, biased perspectives on current events. It is hard to find a truly neutral news source. If anything, please be aware that you are receiving only one side of the story. Once in a while, check out the other extreme news station just to see what the other side is saying. Maybe you’ll see something positive that you would have missed otherwise. And if you can’t find politically neutral news stations, go directly to the candidate and form your own opinions about them.
3. Practice good overall self-care. This is true all the time, not just in election years. Taking care of our physical and mental health is imperative to reducing anxiety.
4. Trust. Sometimes we just need to let it go.
5. Keep focused on the good things. Your life is filled with so many other beautiful things to focus on. Remember them. Don’t get so wrapped up in politics that you don’t remember the simple, beautiful things in your life.
I am a mom of three, marketing guru, and founding CEO of Moms Next Door, Inc., a nonprofit organization fulfilling basic family needs so mothers can prioritize their own self care. I hold a degree in psychology and have years of study in self-care, mental illness, addictions recovery, codependency, and spirituality. I invite you to come with me on this journey to guilt free self care. Every mother, every woman for that matter, needs a safe place to vent, to learn, to advance, and to be supported and lifted up. This blog and The Ascended Mom community was created to provide exactly that.