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Your Healthy Family: How to cope with strong emotions around political strife

Posted at 10:37 AM, Jan 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-20 12:37:36-05

COLORADO SPRINGS — There has been so much strife in our country and the world lately. For many of us it’s created strong emotions and feelings that can be hard to deal with.

Randy Menegatti, LPSC, LPCC with Thriveworks counseling in Colorado Springs says the emotions are common for many. “It creates anxiety, fear and it creates anger.”

Talking about your emotions with trusted friends or family members, especially those who have different view points, is one way you can try to find common ground with opposing viewpoints and ease your own stress.

Randy explains, “All of us share different opinions and that is what makes this country great, which is our unique beliefs and differences. Being able to have empathy and understand each other's differences is where we can really be strong.”

If you feel like you don't have trusted people in your life you can have an open discussion with, Randy says, think about connecting with a counselor or therapist. They are there to help you navigate your emotions without judging you or sharing their personal opinions.

“Get in touch with your therapist and say, ‘These are the strong emotions that I'm feeling due to this event going on, help me process through it before I react in the global aspect and say something that I can't take back’.”

If you are interested in speaking with a counselor either in person or on-line, or have any questions feel free to reach out to the folks at Thriveworks in Colorado Springs, at (719) 266-3919 or, you can visit their website (https://thriveworks.com/colorado-springs-counseling/)

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