OMG, enough politics you might be saying already, and we are not even into November in an election year. It’s been a wildly active political season with some rather strong personality but with all the negativity and emotions on this campaign, you might be feeling a little stressed out.
Do worry I am here with a bipartisan stress relief free from fear mongering and Lovey Dovey moments from this week’s DNC.
Full transparency here – I lean left somewhere between Clinton and Berney – Oh yes I am the sought after low hanging fruit – the GEN X-GEN POP male seemingly on the fence.
Personally, I don’t like to speak out politically and when I do it’s emotional and watching the coverage on anything but PBS is stressful as they are more interested in news as entertainment then it reporting the news resulting in high energy end of the world urgency on both sides of the fence.
It’s not like the zombie apocalypse is here but some may be feeling as if it’s just around the corner.
I am here to tell you most people are good, most things alright and the world is still spinning – there are many issues left to deal with America but being a stressed out media consumer is not helping you.
What Constant Exposure To Negative News Is Doing To Our Mental Health
According to some psychologists, exposure to harmful and violent media may have grave and long-lasting psychological effects beyond mere feelings of pessimism or disapproval. The work of British psychologist Dr. Graham Davey, who specializes in the psychological effects of media violence, suggests that violent media exposure can exacerbate or contribute to the development of stress, anxiety, depression and even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
“Negative news can significantly change an individual’s mood — especially if there is a tendency in the news broadcasts to emphasize suffering and also the emotional components of the story,” Davey told The Huffington Post. “In particular… negative news can affect your personal worries. Viewing negative news means that you’re likely to see your concerns as more threatening and severe, and when you do start worrying about them, you’re more liable to find your problem difficult to control and more distressing than it would normally be.”
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Analyzing the Media’s Role in the Political Process
A common charge against the media is that it increasingly seems to lack the principles of objective and impartial reporting. Instead, many major organizations appear to be taking one side of the political spectrum and at best provide relatively biased coverage or at worse act like virtual propaganda machines for a particular political party. Certainly, some issues are subjective. Hence there can be no universal line of thought, and requiring all news organizations to report passively only what they see and not include an analytical perspective, would to some extent, defeat the purpose of having a free press.
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Stressed? Blame the 2016 Election.
So how can we make our experiences with the election less stressful and more productive?
The best solution would be to shorten the election process. For example, in Canada, the federal election process has never lasted more than 78 days, a cold two and a half months. Mexico’s legislature passed a law in 2007 that limits the duration presidential election campaigns. In Argentina, candidates can only run advertisements for their campaigns for 60 days leading up to election day. Coverage this short may seem unfathomable to those of us in the U.S. who are accustomed to a bombardment of political ads, debates and general coverage lasting close to half as long as an actual presidential term.
Unfortunately, the U.S. is unlikely to enact legislation that limits the duration of presidential election seasons. Fortunately, there are things we can do to reduce the impact of stress and anxiety on our bodies and minds, while still keeping up with the latest news.
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Here are some great posts on Stress relief to help you out until we find a less stressful way to have a political campaign.