Politics stressing you out? Here's how to cope in 2020

Source: Gadsden Times - View Original Article
Published: Feb 09, 2020
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Iran

Top 5 sentiments contributing towards policies:

95% : With others, he recommends finding a group of like-minded friends with whom political concerns can be openly discussed.
91% : Politics has always been a part of some clients' concerns, Greenhalgh said, but not with the intensity he sees today.
90% : Bob Fischer, an ordained minister with a PhD in psychology, runs New Life Counseling Center with offices in Ormond Beach and South Daytona.
78% : If you feel like your stress level isn't maxed out, leave the national politics behind and help continue the discussion about local government and elected officials in the News-Journal's Volusia Politics Facebook group.
75% : A 2019 American Psychological Association survey showed two-thirds of adults say social media use is related to feelings of loneliness and social isolation.
67% : We sought insights from several area counselors and life coaches, who agree the goings-on of the greater world are important, but should not be considered a greater priority than self-care and relationships with loved ones.
67% : "To summarize," he said, "it works from the inside out."
63% : He has a third suggestion for those who feel strongly about their concerns: Getting proactive
63% : "If we see it's unhealthy, we have to take ownership of that knowledge and we have to make the personal choice to do something different."
61% : Sibel Guelseren, a licensed marriage and family therapist, certified master addictions professional, board certified sex therapist and life coach, will attest to that.
61% : Guelseren, who practices in Palm Coast and has more than 20 years of experience, said she recommends people who are susceptible to such stress avoid watching news programs and debates on television.
61% : People struggling with the outsized influence of politics should start with God as their top priority. "
59% : A psychologist, marriage and family therapist and life coach, Gordon Greenhalgh of Port Orange, said people don't come to him specifically because of politics, but more and more is symptomatic of a larger problem.
56% : The crisp January air promises all of the good intentions of a new year, yet 2020 starts with a brink-of-war confrontation with Iran and the lingering impeachment stalemate with an epic election approaching.
54% : It's a very difficult time for them. ...
46% : "I see it all the time.
45% : "Not so much from Republican supporters but from the Democratic side, more on the liberal side.
45% : "Self-care cannot be understated for its importance and significance," she said.
44% : Following that, in this order: One's spouse, one's children and one's work.
41% : "They're not coming in presenting with that problem, but they do have that issue, anger, anxiety with what's going on in politics today," said Greenhalgh, who has been practicing for almost 35 years.
36% : Life coaches like Coffield say adults need to recognize how much Facebook or Twitter is too much and set boundaries.
36% : A lot of times people are in distress and it's because they're looking to get their supply from something from the outside," he said.
35% : And what I discern from the scriptures is we're not to focus on balance.
33% : Family gatherings have ended up in heated debates, sometimes arguments, some to where family members would not speak to each other."
30% : It comes up more often than not," Guelseren said.
29% : We're to focus on priorities," Fischer said.
28% : Guelseren, who is not a faith-based counselor, nonetheless points to the Serenity Prayer: "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference."
23% : If people are having political debates that are "destructive and unhealthy," he said, he recommends they avoid it.
22% : His faith-based approach starts with God above all. "What you commonly hear in the environment is about balance.
17% : Jessica Coffield, owner of Endless Possibilities Life Coaching Services in DeLand, said she doesn't typically work with people citing politics as a major source of stress, but acknowledged the last election in 2016 did cause divides in families.
17% : Self-care is not just about what people do for themselves, but also to nurture relationships, improve their work and their surrounding environment, she said.
17% : "The bottom line is personal choice," she said.
13% : "Some people I recommend they get involved, get active in some way, volunteering for a campaign or something," Greenhalgh said.
13% : The second priority -- and many don't get this right -- is yourself, self-care.
9% : Recent American Pyschological Association surveys show stress over politics has been on an upswing in the Trump era.
7% : "Obviously you want to be informed, but not to the point where you obsessively watch the news and really get into a lot of debates," she said.

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Contributing sentiments towards policy:

95% : With others, he recommends finding a group of like-minded friends with whom political concerns can be openly discussed.
91% : Politics has always been a part of some clients' concerns, Greenhalgh said, but not with the intensity he sees today.
90% : Bob Fischer, an ordained minister with a PhD in psychology, runs New Life Counseling Center with offices in Ormond Beach and South Daytona.
78% : If you feel like your stress level isn't maxed out, leave the national politics behind and help continue the discussion about local government and elected officials in the News-Journal's Volusia Politics Facebook group.
75% : A 2019 American Psychological Association survey showed two-thirds of adults say social media use is related to feelings of loneliness and social isolation.
67% : We sought insights from several area counselors and life coaches, who agree the goings-on of the greater world are important, but should not be considered a greater priority than self-care and relationships with loved ones.
67% : "To summarize," he said, "it works from the inside out."
63% : He has a third suggestion for those who feel strongly about their concerns: Getting proactive
63% : "If we see it's unhealthy, we have to take ownership of that knowledge and we have to make the personal choice to do something different."
61% : Sibel Guelseren, a licensed marriage and family therapist, certified master addictions professional, board certified sex therapist and life coach, will attest to that.
61% : Guelseren, who practices in Palm Coast and has more than 20 years of experience, said she recommends people who are susceptible to such stress avoid watching news programs and debates on television.
61% : People struggling with the outsized influence of politics should start with God as their top priority. "
59% : A psychologist, marriage and family therapist and life coach, Gordon Greenhalgh of Port Orange, said people don't come to him specifically because of politics, but more and more is symptomatic of a larger problem.
56% : The crisp January air promises all of the good intentions of a new year, yet 2020 starts with a brink-of-war confrontation with Iran and the lingering impeachment stalemate with an epic election approaching.
54% : It's a very difficult time for them. ...
46% : "I see it all the time.
45% : "Not so much from Republican supporters but from the Democratic side, more on the liberal side.
45% : "Self-care cannot be understated for its importance and significance," she said.
44% : Following that, in this order: One's spouse, one's children and one's work.
41% : "They're not coming in presenting with that problem, but they do have that issue, anger, anxiety with what's going on in politics today," said Greenhalgh, who has been practicing for almost 35 years.
36% : Life coaches like Coffield say adults need to recognize how much Facebook or Twitter is too much and set boundaries.
36% : A lot of times people are in distress and it's because they're looking to get their supply from something from the outside," he said.
35% : And what I discern from the scriptures is we're not to focus on balance.
33% : Family gatherings have ended up in heated debates, sometimes arguments, some to where family members would not speak to each other."
30% : It comes up more often than not," Guelseren said.
29% : We're to focus on priorities," Fischer said.
28% : Guelseren, who is not a faith-based counselor, nonetheless points to the Serenity Prayer: "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference."
23% : If people are having political debates that are "destructive and unhealthy," he said, he recommends they avoid it.
22% : His faith-based approach starts with God above all. "What you commonly hear in the environment is about balance.
17% : Jessica Coffield, owner of Endless Possibilities Life Coaching Services in DeLand, said she doesn't typically work with people citing politics as a major source of stress, but acknowledged the last election in 2016 did cause divides in families.
17% : Self-care is not just about what people do for themselves, but also to nurture relationships, improve their work and their surrounding environment, she said.
17% : "The bottom line is personal choice," she said.
13% : "Some people I recommend they get involved, get active in some way, volunteering for a campaign or something," Greenhalgh said.
13% : The second priority -- and many don't get this right -- is yourself, self-care.
9% : Recent American Pyschological Association surveys show stress over politics has been on an upswing in the Trump era.
7% : "Obviously you want to be informed, but not to the point where you obsessively watch the news and really get into a lot of debates," she said.

*Our bias meter rating uses data science including sentiment analysis, machine learning and our proprietary algorithm for determining biases in news articles. The rating is an independent analysis and is not affiliated nor sponsored by the news source or any other organization