Nowadays, it’s hard to avoid seeing anything political in the news or on social media. People have a variety of reactions to all this “political stuff”- anger at current events, anger at those who oppose their political views, sadness about what’s going on in the world, and anxiety about the uncertainty about the political climate.
Here are a few things to do in order to ease your feelings about politics, for any views you have on the matter:
- Get Off Social Media- if politics is doing nothing but annoy you, then avoid social media, or wherever you go that you see talk about politics
- Help Political Causes- if you feel strongly about a certain policy or group, then donate to their cause, or ask what you can actively do to help them (like help with marches or events they organize)
- Don’t Argue With People About Politics- usually, it’s not going to do any good or convince them otherwise. Even if you feel strongly about a certain policy or view, then talk in a civil manner, and use supporting facts or evidence to get your point across
- Listen To What People Have To Say- ask why they believe a certain point of view. Don’t immediately call them an idiot (yes, this is hard). Then, if you disagree, calmly explain why you believe differently
- Contact your governmental representatives- if you really want your voice to be heard, then you can contact your local government by email or phone
- Be Wary of Fake News- if it’s not a reputable news source or site that you’ve heard of, you probably shouldn’t share it on your timeline. Facts are important
- Be The Better Person- lead by example. “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Be kind, help others. Do whatever you can to make the world a better place
Keep in mind that you don’t have to listen to anything we say. Just always remember to do what feels right to you.