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Election Tips: Does Election Cause You Stress? Here Are Some Tips To Help You Ease The Election Anxiety

First Posted: Oct 19, 2016 04:30 AM EDT
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The election in the United States is fast approaching. Stress level is getting higher. The issues here and there are spreading globally. Thus, here are some tips to at least manage the stress and think straight before the election day.

In a report from Fox News,for  several months once every four years the presidential election takes over the news, but if a person is feeling anxious with the upcoming elections you are not alone. As a survey conducted  by the American Psychological Association, 52 percent of adults in America shared that the elections play a role to add stress in their lives.

The result of the survey is part of the APA's Stress in America Survey. It was conducted through online Harris Poll. With 3,511 U.S. adult volunteers, the experts examine on how does stress affects the well-being of American adults. Recently, surveyors have  included questions with regard to the upcoming election.

The survey results indicate that men and women are equal, both have a tendency to experience  an election anxiety.  The experts also found that the stress is bipartisan, 59 percent of Republicans and 55 percent of Democrats has experience election anxiety.

However, age seems to have different factors. People who are 71 years old or older and millennials say that the election has a stress factor that most affected them, compared to the Baby Boomers and Gen X'ers.  The stress level of the people who shared that they are experiencing election anxiety has a higher stress level compared to the ones that say the election is not stressful.

APA's associate executive director for practice research and policy Lynn Bufka, Ph.D. said that "Election stress becomes exacerbated by arguments, stories, images and video on social media that can heighten concern and frustration, particularly with thousands of comments that can range from factual to hostile or even inflammatory."

Meanwhile, APA suggested tips on how to ease the election anxiety. First of all, have a social media vacation, because the survey results say that high level of stress is found in people who uses Facebook, Twitter, and other social media.

As follows, limit watching or reading the news about the election. Stick to what you feel is an important information. According to Health.com, turn off newsfeed and have a digital break. Also, avoid discussing election-related subjects because it can create conflict, especially with co-workers, friends, and family. If election subjects have been brought up, just be observant of what to say or do. In line, take a walk, bond with your friends or do something that you enjoy with your family.

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