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Politics + Gender Identity, & LGBTQ Inclusion = Anxiety

Updated: Mar 27

Navigating Anxiety in Today’s Divisive Political Culture

Let's face it, the world is changing faster than we can keep up with it. From gender rights to political issues, it seems difficult nowadays to stay unaffected by it all. And with this constant barrage of information, it's no wonder that anxiety levels are on the rise. As a mental health professional dedicated to serving the LGBTQI+ community, I've seen firsthand how the intersectionality of these issues can affect one's mental health. I practice in Florida, which has become a minefield for many in marginalized communities. This blog post provides some useful ways for you to navigate anxiety in the intersection of politics, gender, and LGBTQI+ issues.

Know Your Triggers

Anxiety can stem from numerous sources, so it's essential to identify what triggers your anxiety. For instance, specific political issues can be more triggering than others. You may feel anxious before an election, which is understandable, but know that you don't have to be glued to news coverage 24/7. Set a specific time limit on how long you consume news each day and stick to it.

Lean on Support Networks

By seeking out other people with similar experiences, you can create a supportive community that validates your feelings and helps you feel less alone. Forums, social media groups, and local organizations also provide a safe space for you to express your feelings and seek help when you need it.

Limit your news intake

It's important to stay informed, but the constant barrage of news and social media updates can quickly become overwhelming. Instead of spending hours a day scrolling through your Twitter feed, try setting aside a specific time each day to read the news. And if you start feeling anxious or upset, take a break and step away from your phone or computer for a while.

Focus on Mindfulness

Mindfulness practices such as meditation and breathing exercises have been proven to reduce anxiety. Take time every day to unplug and practice mindfulness, even if it's just for a few minutes. This can help regulate your breathing, lower your cortisol levels, and help you feel more grounded.

Take care of your body

Self-care is essential when you're feeling anxious or overwhelmed. Get regular exercise, eat a healthy diet, and try to get enough sleep. Practice relaxation techniques such as meditation, deep breathing, or yoga. These practices can help reduce stress and anxiety.

Seek Professional Help

Sometimes, anxiety can become too overwhelming to handle alone, and that's okay. Consider seeking help from a therapist or mental health professional who specializes in working with individuals in the LGBTQI+ community. Professional help can assist you in coping with anxiety in a healthy way and help you develop strategies to navigate the intersectionality of these issues.

Engage in activism

If you're feeling helpless or frustrated in the face of political turmoil, consider becoming involved in activism. Contact your elected officials and voice your concerns. Offer support to organizations that work for your rights and civil liberties. Taking action can help you feel empowered and energized.

Practice good self-talk

When you're feeling anxious, it's easy to fall into negative self-talk. Challenge these thoughts by actively telling yourself positive things. Write down affirmations such as "I am strong and resilient," or "I am capable of handling whatever comes my way." Repeating these affirmations can help change your mindset and feel more confident.

Navigating anxiety at the intersection of politics, gender, and LGBTQI+ issues can be daunting, but you don't have to do it alone. By understanding your triggers, leaning on support networks, practicing mindfulness, seeking professional help, and finding humor in the chaos of the world, you can manage anxiety and promote your mental health. Remember, you are not alone and there is no shame in seeking additional support. It's okay to give yourself permission to feel anxious, but it's never okay to let it control your life.

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