I am a person who has always been involved in politics, I love debating and discussing the policies that control our country today. I enjoy hearing what other people think and having them putting their beliefs forward. To me it is a fundamental right that guaranteed under the constitution. That is the problem though.
When you watch news shows that debate the issues, when you talk to someone on social media nobody wants to actually talk about the policies. They want to name call, stretch the facts and turn things around to support their own views. They will unfriend or block someone on social media who does not agree with them. I even had a friend from college who got a new job and was what I would call "in over her head" and needed help. She would text me and ask how to do this or that. Then she did not like something I stated as a political view and unfriended me. I even had someone tell me that they did not care about debating the policies, they wanted to talk about the person. That they did not care about the policies. I am not the type of person who thinks that being unfriended or blocked on social media is a life ending event where I get mad and spend time crying over it. But the college friend kind of bothered me because we always talked after class and online but then because I have a different political view I am no longer someone that she wants to associate with.
"We may disagree on some things, but we can do so without being disagreeable." --Christine Gregoire
So how does a person who deals with bipolar depression and enjoys doing something that is so negative? Unfortunately the short answer is not do it.
I have to do it, or not do it depending on how you look at it. I find myself being down all the time. I find myself getting angry over little things. I am tired all the time. Those are classic signs of depression. I know it is caused by today's climate because when I submerge myself in things that take my mind off politics I start to feel better. My body does not hurt anymore. So yes, it is the political climate that adding to my problems with depression.
So what am I doing to help myself with this problem? Just what I said above, by not doing it anymore. I find myself listening to music more in the car. I find myself looking for movies and television shows to have on as white noise when I am working on things online. I will spend more time playing on our miniature pool table. Just anything to stop listening to the constant arguing that takes place on television.
There is more of a positive side to this than what I first thought. My love of local music has caused me to take the time to look for more local entertainers to listen to. Doing that improves my good feelings in many ways.
I have been of the belief that today's quality entertainment is in the indie area. I have long been disillusioned with big national entertainers. The recent round of award shows have fortified those feelings. Not only are they less talented than their predecessors but feel that their beliefs should be shoved down the throats of anyone listening to them. So now I have found that local music is a relief to the senses. The music is great, often times better than the national acts. It makes me feel good.
Another feel good activity that I do is to play miniature pool with my wife. Yes I know, but it is fun. We downsized our living arrangements a few years ago after our daughter moved out of the house. The spare room we have is a small second bedroom that we use as an office, a craft room and a game room. The only game table that would fit in the room even without other things in it is a small four foot pool table. But it is fun to play. No we are not going to make shots like Minnesota Fats, but who cares. We are not professional pool players. We are a family who enjoys spending time together.
I have however found a great way of getting my "political fix" and still being able to laugh and feel good. It is a show on Fox News at 3 A.M. called Red Eye. It is an irreverent look at the news today. One could say they find a way laughing at what is going on today. Serious political people probably wouldn't like it but that is okay. It is not meant to be serious.
As another way of keeping myself positive I make a deliberate attempt to find positive uplifting memes and quotes to post. I Tweet those kinds of things a lot. I don't just find things that are positive and put the out there, they have to mean something to me. They have to be what I feel.
And that brings me to the last way. This blog. If I can find a way of showing that depression and bipolar are not the devastating things that some people feel, but are a challenge to someone to try to conquer. You as a person with a challenge like this or any other issue like anxiety, panic disorder or social anxiety disorder can find a way inside you to fight it and move on in a way that will cause you to say "I beat you". You will not define me.
This is what is helping me maintain a somewhat sane mind in these trying times. I just remove as much as I can the negative posts, comments and news. It is what my generation called dropping out. For my own sanity I have to do it.
About the author
I am a certified webmaster who has lived a life dealing with bipolar depression. My goal is to not only help others dealing with bipolar and depression but to help those around them to understand what is going with their loved ones. I write about how I deal with it and hope that it inspires you to understand that you don't have to let it control you. You control it. I write the way I talk. I want you to feel like I am talking with you in a conversation, not preaching at you in a way that makes you feel like you have to do what I tell you. I hope you enjoy my blog posts about not only bipolar but all things that I write about.
What about you? How is the political climate in the world today effecting you in your day to day life? Do you have a condition that is getting aggravated by this climate?
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