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.
All 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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