The upcoming Presidential election is only a few days away and for many Americans…..it can’t come soon enough. A recent study by the American Psychological Association suggests that more than half of us believe this year’s Presidential race is “a very or somewhat significant source of stress.”
Whether you’re for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, both sides will agree that this election has been dynamic since the beginning. With all the twists and turns, it’s no wonder voters’ stress levels are taking a hit.
“We’re seeing that it doesn’t matter whether you’re registered as a Democrat or Republican — U.S. adults say they are experiencing significant stress from the current election,” Lynn Bufka, Ph.D., APA’s associate executive director for practice research and policy, told FOXBusiness.com.
One of the biggest triggers of stress for most voters comes from social media. Nearly four in ten adults (38%) say that political and cultural discussions on various social media platforms make their blood boil.
According to Time Magazine, “To combat stress and anxiety spurred by the election, all of the therapists TIME spoke to recommend cutting back on social media, and keeping time spent mulling over the news to the minimum or scheduled time of day.
Esquire Magazine took a tongue in cheek approach to dealing with Election Stress Disorder by listing several very real tips (from the Anxiety and Depression Association) accompanied by some lighthearted thoughts.
- Count to 10 slowly. Count to 20 if necessary. (If you count to 605,000, you’ll count through Election Day.)
- Get enough sleep. (If you sleep for 168 hours, you’ll sleep through Election Day.)
- Exercise regularly. (If you run for 1,008 miles, you’ll run through Election Day.)
- Maintain a positive attitude. (Good luck.)
- Accept some things are out of your control. (Like America’s future.)
Fortunately, we are almost to the finish line. Next week at this time, much of the election stress should be behind us. Share your thoughts on this study and whether you have experienced stress over this year’s Presidential race. Your experience could help others dealing with the same issues and we’re always interested in your feedback on the health stories that are making headlines. We truly believe that by working together and sharing ideas, we can move another step closer to our long-term goal of making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!