(BPT) - The election season is a lot to handle no matter where you land on the political spectrum. It can be draining on many levels, which is why now is the perfect time to escape the political drama and make up your own political fun at home.
Idea 1: Embrace the household monarchy
Forget democratic decisions at home! Do your kids and roommates really deserve an equal vote anyway? Have fun and announce the start of the household monarchy, in which you will rule as king or queen.
For example, wondering what to have for dinner? No need to argue, your decision is what counts. Will it be pizza, spaghetti or that new recipe? Disagreements on music are instantly cast aside when the king and queen decide. Will ears delight to country, pop or alternative? From what movie to watch to who is stuck folding the socks, the monarchy rules the day's activities.
Getting pushback from the peasants? Try this idea for a week and rotate days so everyone gets a taste of the royal life and can have fun making the decisions for the group. Being king or queen of the house is also a fun way to celebrate a birthday or other special occasion. Long live the king!
Idea 2: Escape as a fictional dictator!
Do you sometimes think you could do a better job than people in office? How about ruling your own tropical island? Take a break from real politics and become your ideal version of a leader of a fictional Caribbean island nation with Tropico 6 - Nintendo Switch™ Edition by Kalypso Media!
From the comfort of your home, you'll embrace the role of El Presidente and rule the land as you choose - good, bad or a little bit of both! Prove yourself as a peace-loving statesman or feared dictator on the island state of Tropico and shape the nation through four distinctive eras. You'll also face new challenges on the international stage while always keeping the needs of your people in mind.
Tropico 6 takes city building to the next level, with exclusive palace designs including the captivating flamingo pond, something every dictator craves to impress his neighboring states. Customize your palace at will and give election speeches from your balcony to win the favor of your subjects, featuring promises you may or may not keep.
Plus, for the first time in the series, you can manage extensive archipelagos, build bridges to connect your islands and use new means of transportation and infrastructure. Feeling sinister? Send your Tropicans on raids to steal the wonders of the world, including the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower. Tropico 6 features a revised research system focusing on all the political aspects of being the world's greatest dictator.
How will you rule the islands? That is up to you, El Prez! Learn more in the Nintendo Game Store.
Idea 3: Decompress with fictional or historical movies and shows
From insane sound clips to crazy online theories, there are times you just want to turn off the news, shut off the computer and tune out of social media. Ditch the real political drama for fictional drama that you can enjoy from the comfort of your couch. Grab favorite snacks and munch away as you escape from life for a few glorious hours!
Want something lighthearted with laughable lines? Start a series like "Parks and Recreation" and "Veep," or watch a movie like "Election" or "The Campaign." Prefer something more serious with twists and turns? Check out "The West Wing," "The Contender" and "Madam Secretary." Like a little history mixed in with your movies? Check out "Lincoln," "All the President's Men" or "Milk."
Give yourself a break from the stress of real politics by enjoying a political-themed TV show or movie. These are just a few examples with many more to explore and stream at any time. Plan a movie night or dive deep into a TV show over the weekend to enjoy the escape you crave.