The Round Table Talk Show hosted by Sharifia Hardie
By Deb Gordon, collaboration with Scott Guerin, PhD
Joe Biden has been declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election, putting an end to an anxious waiting period for millions of people across the United States and the world.
What comes next could be hazardous to people’s health, according to a recently published study.
The study, released in late October 2020, found an increase in hospitalizations for heart attacks and strokes in the two days after the 2016 presidential election, suggesting a possible connection between sociopolitical stress and cardiovascular disease.
“Context is being aware of the situation. Are you hanging out with friends or at work? Or, at a town meeting debating an important project,” Decide on a method to interject yourself. Methods can vary from subtle to aggressive. A subtle approach is to wait for an opening; when they take a breath or pause, just start talking. More assertive responses are ‘I have a few thoughts on that when you are ready.’ Or ‘I would like to discuss this with you, but it seems like you are not listening to what I have to say.’ Thinking ahead of the situations and mapping out a strategy of how you will react and when will help enormously in dealing with people who interrupt you.”
–Dr. Scott Guerin, adjunct professor in psychology, Kean University, Union, New Jersey
Eat This, Not That
Can your thoughts affect your body? Centuries ago, scientists believed not; the body and mind were separate. Fast-forward to present-day and researchers see the body and mind as an interconnected and inseparable organism. This means that knowing how to control our thoughts and minds can help us live happier and healthier lives. There is no better time than now to explore this as we struggle through our tumultuous COVID world on top of social and political firestorms. I’ve been studying this topic for years and offer a few ideas to help you get your mind to a better place—right now—right after reading this— and it has to do with meditation.