Feeling anxious after the election? Are you looking for encouraging words to lighten you up?
You’ve come to the right place!
Now that the election is over, Filipinos have different views on the results. Tension and anxiety affect many Pinoys these days.
If you, too, are experiencing post-election anxiety, take a look at these practical tips that can help you cope with your situation:
1. Identify your anxiety triggers
What exactly triggers you about the election? Is it the content of the news that you hear on TV and radio? Or the posts that you see while scrolling your news feed? Are you unhappy with the results of the election or worried about the future of the country?
Pause and think. Mayo Clinic says that you need to identify the source of your anxiety so you can start addressing it.
You can’t control what’s happening around you, but you can control how you respond to it. You don’t have to react on everything that you read or watch on the screen. If you feel overwhelmed by current events, staying off the news and discussions might be helpful for you.
2. Share your feelings with God
When you are bombarded with different reactions and issues nowadays, be intentional in being still in the presence of God. Speak out your feelings to God for He is ready to lend an ear without any judgment. As you open your heart, be ready to listen and respond to what He is going to reveal to you. Pray that He guides you and gives you understanding on how to deal with your situation.
Be still, and let His Word give you peace.
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalm 46:10 NKJV)
If you are anxious about the election results, remember that God is in control of everything. He is a sovereign God! He can change the hearts of the leaders (Proverbs 21:1), so, pray that God makes them righteous ones. He appoints leaders according to His plans, so pray that He helps you entrust the future of the Philippines in His hands.
“Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and might are His. And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.” (Daniel 2:20-21 NKJV)
3. Share your thoughts to a trusted person
If election matters continue to bother you, talking to a family member, a friend, or a counselor can help you, according to Mayo Clinic.
Share your feelings and thoughts to a trusted person who is willing to listen and even guide you in handling stress and anxious thoughts.
4. Accept the reality
After giving yourself enough time to sit with your feelings and praying for them, it’s time to accept the reality of life.
It’s time to move forward after the election and accept the newly appointed officials. Pray for the leaders and let God work in their hearts. Pray for the nation, that all Filipinos may live a godly life.
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” (1 Timothy 2:1–2 ESV)
5. Seek professional help if needed
Feelings of anxiety come and go, but if your post-election anxiety gets worse to the point that you can’t handle it anymore, Mayo Clinic suggests that you consider consulting a medical professional.
Take care of your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being, and allow God to do the rest.
Always remember that Jesus is always there for you. He is a friend who’s ready to listen and give you peace when you’re stressed out. Take your first steps to peace by visiting this page.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28 NKJV)
If you are still struggling with post-election anxiety, we are here to pray for you. Feel free to call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 or contact us through Viber at 0943-144-4933.