Thursday, October 30, 2008

My only political post

Thanks to KCRA 3 in Sacramento for this: This presidential election seems like it has lasted an eternity, and to many people in the United States, it is a critical one. This has both good and bad consequences. On the one hand, interest and participation is at an all time high, as citizens take seriously the responsibilities that accompany the right to vote. On the other hand, intense candidate scrutiny has passions running very high and straining relationships as people press for their candidate. In addition, many people are finding this election cycle very stressful as their emotions rise and fall depending on the daily polls and news coverage. Dr. Patrice Alvarado, associate professor in clinical psychology at the Argosy University, Washington, D.C. campus, offers a few tips to help people manage their passion, but let go of the stress. Dr. Alvarado recommends: * Get active. If you find yourself watching election coverage hourly and worrying and ruminating about how things are going, get active on behalf of your party or candidate. Instead of just worrying, go down to your local county or precinct office and sign up to help canvass or register voters. Make calls from home based on lists sent to you electronically. There are many other things to do including buy a bumper sticker or a yard sign, attend a rally or donate money to a candidate's campaign. Becoming active and working with others on behalf of a candidate will help combat helplessness and promote a feeling of empowerment. * Get perspective. When it comes to your important relationships with others, realize that party affiliation or candidate preference is a very minor part of who a person is. Do not let political preferences act as a wedge between loved ones, co-workers, life-long friends, church members and neighbors. Keep in perspective the many areas of understanding, commonality and connection between you and those close to you and minimize the differences that are based on political preferences. * Don't talk politics at work. Since politics, like religion is often very tied with our emotions, it is best to avoid political arguments with co-workers. Discussing politics in groups where there are significant differences is one more way to become divided from each other. It is often easier to realize ways we are divided, but the struggle of finding common ground is well worth the effort because it results in a positive workplace environment. Look for one or two like-minded coworkers to talk with individually at lunch, break time or on the weekend to talk about politics. A general rule of practice is to avoid controversial topics with larger groups. * Be compassionate to yourself. Be kind to yourself and turn off the television before the point of election campaign overload. "For some, it may be best to realize that this time is and will be stressful and to simply accept this as a product of caring deeply about our country and our world," Dr. Alvarado said. "Lastly, remember it will all be over in November." source:

1 comment:

Cathleya said...

You're so unfriended. ;)