Election Stress: Faith Soothes the Soul

As I write my blog this morning after the election results, many people are anxious, confused, in an uproar, fearful of the future, and more divided than ever. The stock market is jumping around, people are protesting and venting all over social media, and the non-stop coverage is overwhelming.

As the Washington Post pointed out, “By now it has been well documented that this presidential election cycle has had a particularly negative effect on Americans’ mental health.” Feelings of discontent are consistent regardless of political party affiliation or ideology, the article added. Heated arguments between family and friends continue as people debate, celebrate, or mourn the election results.

Which makes this the perfect time to embrace your spiritual side.

believeAll the turmoil from this election year makes me more grateful than ever for my faith. I am thankful that my hope and trust rests – not on politics or election results – but on God and his wonderful promises for the future.

While others are suffering from “election stress disorder,” I am at peace.

As I wrote in a previous blog, the vast majority of studies show that spiritual people report higher levels of happiness and mental well-being. Why is that the case?

Faith consoles and comforts, promises positive outcomes during difficult times, and makes sense of a troubled world. By believing in something greater than themselves, spiritual people can stay positive in times of stress and foster resilience.

While I realize that not all of my readers may be Christian, for those of you searching for some soothing words during what has been a dismal year in politics, I would like to share a couple of my favorite Scriptures with those of you so inclined on this beautiful November morning:

“Do not be anxious over anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication along with thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to God; and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your mental powers by means of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6,7

“Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be anxious, for I am your God. I will fortify you, yes, I will help you, I will really hold on to you with my right hand of righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10

If you are looking for answers along with comfort and hope, if you so choose, you can click here to view a brief video, Why Study the Bible? for food for thought.

In addition to embracing your spiritual side, meditating, and praying, take some time for yourself. Don’t let fears and uncertainties rule your life. Take a walk, spend time with loved ones, take a deep breath, focus on positive thoughts, do something kind for someone.

And, yes, have faith.

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Julie A. Gorges is the author of two young adult novels, Just Call Me Goody Two Shoes and Time to Cast Away and co-author of Residential Steel Design and Construction published by McGraw Hill. In addition, hundreds of her articles and short stories have been published in national and regional magazines, and she received three journalism awards from the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association while working as a newspaper reporter. Julie currently lives in southern California with her husband, Scott, and has two grown children and three grandchildren.

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5 Responses

  1. Felix Gorges says:

    I guess the rural area where I live must be full of deplorable s. Every one is in the best mood I’ve seen in a long time about what is going on in Washington. Every one was depressed about all the polls, but the morning after the election, every one was Jubilant.

    • juliegorges says:

      Felix, I read your comment and wanted to make sure you understood the intention of my article. You have my deepest apologies if I, in any way, made you think that I would refer or insinuate that you – or any group of people – no matter their political affiliation or where they live – “deplorable s.” (I am assuming you mean the poop word – which is not part of my vocabulary, especially where people are concerned). If my blog gave you that impression, I am truly sorry. That is the opposite of what I was hoping to accomplish. I was trying to say that I was at peace no matter who won the election – be it Donald or Hillary – because I put my trust and hope in God. I was only commenting on the ugliness and divisiveness of this election year and how turning to our spiritual side could help, not making any judgments on people or how they voted. I hope you take my words in the neutral spirit they were offered.

      • Felix Gorges says:

        Hi Julie, I probably should have left this one alone. Deplorable s is what Hillary called half of Trump supporters at one of her rallies. You are correct in putting your trust and hope in God. He ultimately is in control and not man. I understand you were neutral in your politics. Take care.

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