Experiencing Election Stress …. join the club. So many of us are feeling the stress of the chaos that is our current political climate, and it's scary.
Frustration, anger, sadness, shock, confusion, anxiety, depression, and fear are common responses.
These responses are common reactions to loss. The current political climate has initiated a sense of loss, and you are not alone in experiencing it! Lots of us are trying to navigate differences with friends, family, and co-workers.
Therapy gives you a safe space to sort it all out.
- Fear of undoing social progress
- Lack of safety & security
- Fear for ourselves & community
- Loss of moral compass
- Lessening of social empathy
- Polarization of politics & feelings
SHARED STRESS AND TRAUMA
As a nation, many citizens experience collective trauma, meaning we have a shared experience in feeling threatened due to an event. Many people are afraid of the unknown.
The unknown can be one of our most common fears. Remember being afraid of the dark, having to use a nightlight, looking for monsters under the bed, and in the closet?
Well, our current political climate can elicit the same fears. That is very stressful for many of us.
Processing how this fear lives in us, our family, friends, communities, and institutions will help us COPE.
Sharing and feeling understood is the path to healing.
Having a better understanding of this fear will lead to connection. And, connection will increase resiliency, empathy, and compassion.
You are not alone. Reach out and see how therapy can help.
Culture makes people understand each other better. And if they understand each other better in their soul, it is easier to overcome the economic and political barriers. But first they have to understand that their neighbor is, in the end, just like them, with the same problems, the same questions.” ~Paulo Coelho