Election stress has taken its toll on the U.S. population, especially because Election Day is less than a week away. Based on the latest study conducted by the American Psychological Association, around 52 percent of U.S. adults have confessed that this year’s election has been a substantial source of stress.
According to clinical psychologist Dr. Hannah Roberts, election stress occurs when people experience an increased level of stress during the election period. She underlines that election stress is caused by a wide variety of factors including election topics, the negative language used by the opposing parties, news, and other sources of information.
Dr. Roberts claims that this condition is caused by too much exposure to any topic related to the election. Therefore, people should avoid this exposure as much as possible, especially during the following days.
Based on the APA findings, many local communities are stressed, and most of them are seniors. Dr. Roberts has concluded that this correlation originates from the fact that these age groups are very devoted to the election topic.
Experts released a set of public health guidelines to help Americans reduce the levels of election stress. It is worth mentioning that stress is a major factor influencing the development of a wide range of serious conditions such as diabetes, heart diseases, strokes, heart attacks, and mental disorders, especially Alzheimer’s.
First, adopt healthy sleep habits. It is clinically proven that one of the sleep benefits is that it reduces the stress levels. Try to do minimum 150 minutes of physical exercises every week and do your best to have a positive attitude.
Also, you need to accept that such major things, such as Election Day and the United States future, are completely out of a single person’s control, so you should just kick back and relax. Specialists further recommend Americans to simply turn off their TVs because most of the information is recycled.
In other words, they will hear the same news over and over again, and this can have a massive impact on their mental health. Another great way to reduce election stress is to avoid being dragged into controversial discussions about Election Day. Everyone has a different opinion regarding this hotly-debated topic, and that is why people tend to argue a lot.
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