Tired Of Politics?

It’s about that time again. The 2020 Presidential election is right around the corner, and if your experience during the 2016 election was anything like mine, odds are the mere thought of any sort of political conversation brings about a tangible feeling of dread and exhaustion.

Following the election, I became more politically active and vocal than ever. I marched in the Women’s March, I called my senators, I donated to various organizations, I signed petitions.

2016年总统选举是改变生活对我来说,它是第一次选举中,我是年龄投票,但结果让我感到沮丧和无力。种族主义,性别歧视,同性恋和新政府表现出的整体偏见是什么新鲜事,但它以新的眼光是在显示。

对我来说,这次选举是对我的生活的时间轴中的标记,我可以前后得出一个非常明确的。在此之前,我是能够通过同化手段和关中 - 其他脸颊道德移动通过世界不是搞我。选举结束后,社会不公揭发我的方式,煽动我的行动。

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Political conversations slowly began to take a toll on me because they weren’t just conversations about abstract ideas and concepts. They were deeply personal conversations.

但随着时间的推移,政治对话慢慢的开始,因为他们不只是抽象的思想和观念的对话采取越来越多的收费在我身上。他们是非常个人化的对话是有什么它的意思是一个人谁看起来像我这样的影响。我停下来喊我的参议员。我停下来捐赠给组织。我几乎拖着自己投票的中期选举。

政治疲劳,似乎是一种精疲力竭,在美国有色人种都非常清楚的。它是很难把你的信任,这不是摆在首位专为您(而强烈反对你)的政治制度。然而,更多的,往往不是人的肤色是在政治运动的前列,全体人民平等权利的战斗。 

一方面,它常常感到更容易退出政治完全是自我保护的一种手段。另一方面,我认识一个黑人妇女的历史意义,像我一样,能够在所有参与政治进程在这个国家。我也清楚知道我的责任与学术和社会经济特权的人参与政治进程,尽我的能力。

This upcoming election season I am doing my best to balance my responsibility to participate in the political process with my need to protect my energy and nurture myself. I thought it’d be helpful to share some of the tips I’ll be implementing to help me get through spurts of political fatigue.

This election season I am doing my best to balance my responsibility to participate in the political process with my need to protect my energy and nurture myself.

Don’t perform, be informed.

在过去,我已经使用社交媒体为平台,分享关于政治时事我的不满,以及甚至发现社区中这样做。而我仍然认为,社交媒体是了解最新信息,并告知其他人难以置信的方式,我也承认,如何能够迅速进入performativeness的孔。

My political involvement is not limited to how much I share and repost on social media.

我经常发现自己感觉压力共享某些截图或使用特定的井号标签,以此来我的政治参与信号给世界。这种行为不仅孕育着焦虑和更多的政治疲惫。我已经解决了这个选举季节从一个表演性的思维定势使得网上的帖子不要。我的政治参与不仅限于我是多么共享和重新发布在社交媒体上。与此同时,我使用社交媒体作为一种资源,以便随时了解除了外部研究某些问题包括文章,播客和其它 helpful resources.



Embrace nuance.

In general, I have begun to embrace the idea that everything is nuanced. This is something I’m keeping in mind when researching candidates for this upcoming election. With so many options, it can be difficult to really know who the “best” candidate really is.

在黑色和白色的心态工作已经在过去的疲惫,我的一个来源,当涉及到政治对话。然而,与连“最佳”人选无法修复所有在我国存在的问题,在我看来,心态工作,是多点接地方式进入的过程。拥抱的细微差别可以帮助我记得,我在参与政治进程仅仅是做得最好的,我可以提供给我的信息的问题。


Set boundaries.

This election cycle I am making a point to set boundaries around how I engage politically. This may look different from person to person. For me, setting boundaries looks taking a slower approach to consuming political media.

For me, setting boundaries looks taking a slower approach to consuming political media.

与政治媒体的这样的涌入,往往存在压力跟上所有的他,说的和她-说的,很快就形成非常复杂的问题的具体意见。而不是正在更新对所有最热门的需要希望溺水自己在文章和播客,我以我的时间,让我自己来消化,在我自己的节奏的一切。

Be honest.

我发现,与其他人公开谈论我的疲劳已经处理我周围的政治感情的好方法。我已经说过的朋友都已经非常肯定我的感受和令人难以置信的足智多谋。他们鼓励我参加,我需要的方式照顾自己,而总是实现资源共享,这将有助于我留知情。

诚实约我在亲自与政治那里帮助我从我的经验与愈合上次选举的方式选择退出政治对话完全不提供。如果您遇到政治疲劳作为最后一个选举周期的结果,我鼓励你考虑与朋友分享您的经验也是如此。


Do you have any tips or encouragements for navigating political fatigue? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below 💛


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Celeste M. Scott is the Social Media Coordinator at The Good Trade. She is a writer and photographer who is passionate about film and Internet culture. She can often be found sifting through the racks at her local Savers. You can find her work on her website and Instagram.