If You Want to Stay Sane In Today’s Political Climate, Oprah Says You Need to Follow This 1 Brilliant Tip

In an age of political unrest, staying positive can be tough at times. But it doesn’t have to be. As Oprah Winfrey would remind us, we have the power to live our best life, which is exactly what we should be doing each and every day.

Amen, Oprah. Amen.

So, what does this billionaire boss lady have to say about staying sane in today’s political climate? Well, she has one brilliant piece of advice (page 5) that’s sure to give you a light bulb moment.

1. It is possible to overcome the negativity, because Oprah says so

Oprah Winfrey in 2016

Oprah says so. | Paras Griffin/Getty Images

During a March 2018 interview with CNN’s Van Jones, Oprah talked tips for combating the negatively-charged political climate in which we’re living. Not surprisingly, the entrepreneur and philanthropist offered her words of wisdom, giving everyone an ah-ha moment.

Everyone is “feeding … on the hysteria and the negativity,” Oprah said on The Van Jones Show. But we can’t. Can it seem impossible to overcome the pain of the Florida school shooting? Or the events that occurred in Ferguson, Mo. in 2014? Absolutely. But Oprah has some sound advice for beginning to do just that.

Next: Does this sound too easy to actually do?

2. Stay in the light

Parkland Students, Activists, Rally At Florida State Capitol For Gun Control

She believes Parkland brought out the bet in people. | Don Juan Moore/Getty Images

According to Oprah, “The darkness is there to show you your light.”

While this sentiment could seem far too lofty for those directly affected in any of the recent, tragic events, at least it’s a start. And as Oprah reminds us, there is always light at the end of the tunnel.

Look at what happened with the darkness that showed up in Parkland (Florida), and the darkness that showed up on the streets of Ferguson (Missouri), and the darkness that showed up in many, many, many homes in Chicago with shootings and senseless murders — it brings out the best in people.

That may be true, but how do we achieve this and make it possible to stay in the light, as she suggests?

Next: Deep down, human beings aren’t all that different.  

3. Realize we all want the same thing

When it comes down to it, we just disagree about how to get there. | Peter Wynn Thompson/AFP/Getty Images

Regardless of political affiliation, most of us want the same things, generally speaking.

Do we want everyone to have access to healthcare? Do we want to abolish school shootings? Do we want equality? The answer, of course, is absolutely. And even though not everyone agrees on how to reach solutions to those problems, we must remember the importance of being in it together.

Next: Advice we should all be following. 

4. We need to value one another

Oprah in front of the Taj Mahal

Oprah is all about valuing each other. | Strdel/AFP/Getty Images

Despite the fact that we have a whatever-it-takes-to-win mentality, we must realize that kind of attitude is not, in fact, OK. Why? Because Oprah says so. And when she speaks, we listen.

So, her suggestion on how to “transcend” negativity? Well, it all starts with acknowledging each other’s value. During the interview, Oprah said:

I know that whether you are Republican or Democrat or Libertarian or whatever you call yourself, that underneath everybody is this desire and need to be valued. To know that what you say, what you think, what you want to do in the world, your fullest expression of yourself, is the thing that matters.

And we concur.

Next: The brilliant tip we’ve all be waiting for

5. Don’t look at your phone first thing in the morning

Man In Bed Woken By Alarm On Mobile Phone

Stay off your phone. | iStock/Getty Images

When Jones told Oprah that he reaches for his cell phone every morning, and starts “freaking out,” it’s an unconscious move with which most of us can identify. In fact, scrolling social media on a hunt for the latest news-worthy moments has become a natural part of our everyday. But according to Oprah, it’s high time we ditch this dirty little habit for good.

Oprah had no qualms telling Jones his actions were a bad idea. After all, we all know how depressing the news cycle can be, so why not give yourself a little time to at least wake up, first? It’s certainly advice worth heeding.

Next: Let’s see how Oprah starts her day.

6. Oprah’s morning routine

Oprah Winfrey smiling

Oprah is all about gratitude. | Mike Windle/Getty Images

Want to be as successful as Oprah? Then follow this routine. (No guarantees on that one.)

The first thing Oprah says each morning when she wakes up is, “Thank you.” She offers her gratitude for the life she has and acknowledges how thankful she is. Then, once she lets the dogs out and brushes her teeth, she takes a moment for silence, prayer, or meditation.

In Oprah’s opinion, reaching for that phone “is the problem.” And we totally get it.

Next: Oprah’s advice for anyone running for president in 2020

7. Oprah has this advice to offer any presidential candidate

Oprah speaks at the Golden Globes 2018

Preach, Oprah. | Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Oprah may not be running herself, but that doesn’t mean she can’t offer any words of wisdom to potential candidates running in the 2020 election. She told Jones,

I will say to whoever is going to run for office, do not give your energy to the other side. Do not spend all your time talking about your opponents. Do not give your energy to that which you really don’t believe in. Do not spend an ounce of your time on that.

Furthermore, when Jones asked her what she would say if she had 10 minutes with President Trump to talk “billionaire to billionaire, megastar to megastar,” Oprah said she would only speak if she felt she could be heard.

Mic drop.

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