Political stress and anxiety have some people fearing the end of the American Dream.
For his entire presidency the left says President Obama doesn’t go far enough, and the right says he goes to far. These disagreements on the hill have caused government gridlock, with those in favor of President Obama’s work around (executive order) being drowned out cries of presidential overreach. Now the primary season is dragging on and on leaving everyone to question whether party unity is possible. The idea of parties actually working together and coming up with workable compromise is the impossible dream.
“Its only politics,” you say, but political stress and anxiety still strikes. Political actions affect us in direct and indirect ways. A government shut down, because a budget can’t be agreed upon affects the many government employees very directly. If a budget can’t be agreed upon, the stock market fluctuates, investors lose money, interest rates fluctuate, and the bottom line is what you have to spend, and how much the things you want will cost you are directly affected. This is only one example, I am sure you can think of some government action, or inaction, that has affected you in some way. Many actions don’t affect me at all, yet politics confronts me with making decisions that could affect others.
Pro-choice/pro-life, LGBT rights, the plight of illegal immigrants has never been a personal issue for me. I have sympathy for both sides. Politically, I am a centrist, and I have proof! I took the World’s Smallest Political Quiz, and so can you.
I’ve always called myself a moderate, while some call me liberal and others call me conservative. I’m teased that I just can’t commit to a position. I hope its teasing.
All of this politics causes a lot of stress. Me yes, but many others. While learning about the use of SEO “search engine optimization with Reji Stephenson at Digital Dimensions4u I tested the process using political topics and learned that people dealing with political stress and anxiety fear the coming election will lead to civil war, or just want to get away from any ramifications of the upcoming decisions by leaving the country if the opposition candidate should win. When the SEO of Political Stress came up, I knew I found my topic.
Living in “enemy” territory, holding the minority opinion is particularly stressful, at least for me, as the urge to speak out arises . Speaking out has changed, maybe aborted, some budding social relationships. When you don’t speak out, people assume you think the same way they do. During a campaign season where the extreme positions take the spotlight there is a lot of eye rolling. Each candidate has its following and their supporters are coming to physical conflict. There are the Never Donald Trump and Never Hillary Clinton camps, and many will simply refuse to vote at all. Then there is the Bernie “Burn” camp who want to vote in a new congress.
It is all very exciting to follow the reality show of our United States politics, but for all of us politics is stressful. Stress that can affect the workplace, social settings, the future makeup of our countries leadership, and our lives. A feeling of bad choices will cause some to drop out, and if those people are the centrists, then government gridlock will remain for the foreseeable future.
(Thank you Reji for teaching me about somethings so useful!)