Talking Politics At Work Stresses Us Out More Now Than During Election Season
Emma Haak

Begging for Attention or A Tension?

Healthy Venting in The Age of Vetting is Our Responsibility

These are critical times, the provocative energetic of which impacts us all — consciously or unconsciously.

As tensions mount they also deplete us from our healthy and productive work / living environments.

Responsibility becomes key; on the part of co-workers toward each other … employers toward their employees … individuals toward Self … and certainly The White House towards its (worldwide) public.

But while Political Responsibility currently wanes, we can mount our own response: Response-ability.

The ability to respond intelligently and productively to outer eruptions which provoke our inner ones is paramount now. The suppression of a vast (American) Middle Class prompted the very frustration-votes that now leave the world splintered and soul searching with Brexits and U.S. Brexidents and national versus global versus individual identity. These disruptions are healthy in the sense that they unearth the stench of fermenting unaddressed issues plaguing a planet for so long.

But meanwhile, we have to learn how to respond to these emotional upsurges.

Why not integrate daily or weekly supervised Feeling Forums into work arenas, much like fitness clubs … or the Japanese catnap culture? It’s necessary to have healthy dedicated outlets for energy overflow — particularly during volatile political times which further incite the vile in the otherwise civil.

Productivity is about being well-rested but also about being well-divested — of distracting emotional build up that interferes with performance flow and a sense of general wellbeing. Exercise is a great channel. But verbal release is also great relief.

Many people neither know how to nor have the means to healthily vent and wind up misusing their verbal or physical expression with aggression. Perhaps creating safe public contexts to self-express will allow us to decompress, thereby relieving some of the tension and restoring attention.

Becoming mindful of that little voice within is like digging for the needle in the HEY! stack. But when a murmur becomes a loud-mouthed roar, it’s time to tone down the volume and tune in, not space out.
Response-ability is our responsibility. It enables us to thrive and Emma’s important article is worth “syncing” about.