Tips for dealing with Election Stress Disorder

A survey conducted by The American Psychological Association (APA) found that 52% of Americans said the election "is a very or somewhat significant" source of stress in their lives. It's called Election Stress Disorder - and the APA says it is affecting people on both sides of the political aisle.

So, how do you survive the next five weeks and beyond? Here's what doctors recommend. 

  • Take care of yourself. Eat well, exercise and get enough sleep. If you're starting to feel stressed go for a run, go to bed early, or both.
  • Surround yourself with positivity. Put on some relaxing music, go simple enjoy nature. Breathe deeply three times. 
  • Take a break from social media. People are finding stress triggers from their own friends who have strong opinions.
  • Vote as soon as you can because it can give you a feeling of control.
  • Take a mental vacation. Something as simple as watching cat videos on YouTube, or anything else you enjoy for a few minutes, can provide a nice mental break. 
  • And lastly, avoid overly-opinionated people.

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