Politics & Mental Health

Six steps on how to follow politics without losing your mind.

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Illustration by Peter Grabowski.

1. You don’t have to know everything.

The news cycle during the Trump presidency is about 12 minutes. The tweets, scandals, gaffes, sound bites, and other abnormalities are enough to saturate even the most hardened political junkies.

2. Do something.

Feeling helpless only makes it worse. There are concrete ways to get involved, like donating, volunteering, or voter outreach.

3. Develop separate hobbies/interests.

Politics has devolved into a horse race — who’s up, who’s down. Who had a good week, what are the latest polls saying, etc. Betting markets for politics have exploded in popularity in recent years.

4. Understand that regardless of who wins, much of your life will remain the same.

This is probably the most controversial step. Allow me to explain.

5. Log off social media, especially Twitter.

This one should be self-explanatory.

6. Realize that elections are out of your control.

You most likely don’t have millions of dollars to donate. You can’t talk to every swing voter in the six battleground states. You likely don’t have a robust audience to sway either way.

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political science researcher. former valedictorian. reader/writer. host of “Politics Mostly” podcast.

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