Can Politics Bring You Down?
by Harley Therapy | Stress and Anxiety
Feel upset after reading the news? Or find yourself worrying about politics and the state of the world more and more lately?
Why do I have stress caused by world events?
But why do world events make things worse?
1. We feel out of control.
2. And experience powerlessness.
Creating political or world change requires great effort, and often many people working together. So most of us are left with a feeling of powerlessness and overwhelm in the face of unfortunate political takeovers, terrorism, and world wars. When we can’t fix something, we feel more stressed.
3. Danger can feel everywhere.
If the economy is crashing due to a prime minister making bad choices, we can worry about our future, and that of our children. Something like terrorism of a natural disaster means we can worry if it will happen near us.
4. Life can feel suddenly lonely.
5. Our thoughts get stuck in the negative.
Have world events triggered anxiety for you?
The anxiety signs to look for are:
- thoughts are increasingly illogical
- your mind is always in the future and ‘what could happen’
- you are scanning for danger and what can go wrong
- a small thing triggers a big negative thought loop (a train being late ends up with you worrying about what happens after death)
- physical symptoms can now include a beating heart, muscle tension, and sweatiness.
What can I do about stress caused by world events?
Practice mindfulness. It pulls you into the present moment and away from worries about things that might never happen.
Give gratitude. Focussing on what we are thankful for is shown to help moods and move thoughts from negative to positive.
Connect daily. Not with the internet, but with people. Even shared words with a shopkeeper can remind us we are all in it together, an d help to ease feelings of loneliness.
Take action. Make a list of all the things you can do about what is upsetting you, no matter how small. And then do the easiest thing as soon as possible, whether that is signing a petition, giving to a charity, or calling your local MP’s office to discuss your concerns.
Seek support. If your stress has turned to anxiety and your thoughts are increasingly illogic, it is a good idea to seek proper support. A talk therapist creates a safe space to discuss what is upsetting you and find ways to feel more at ease with yourself and the world.
Time to get control of your anxiety and stress? Find a therapist you like at a price you can afford now, and be talking this week.