While Election Day is a few weeks away, the election stress has taken its toll on many American citizens. The APA has done a survey to see how concerned the Americans are about this year’s election.
As it turned out, 52 percent of all American adults confessed that the election is a significant stress source for them whether they were Democrat or Republican. According to Joan Cook, a psychiatry associate professor at Yale School of Medicine, most people are saddened and shocked by this hostile election.
This stress is mixed with feelings of anger and fear which have a tremendous impact on mental and physical health. For instance, stress causes nausea and tenses muscles.
Worse, chronic stress may lead to long-term consequences as well. According to Lorenzo Cohen, the integrative medicine program director from the MD Anderson Cancer Center, an argument about the election that lasts between five and ten minutes won’t cause much stress. However, if people get involved in these discussions every day, the election stress will take its toll on both sides.
Experts strongly recommend people to deal with election stress by reducing the daily news intake as much as possible. Hearing news around you all the time can affect not just your mood, but also your sleep as you will feel overwhelmed.
Another method to reduce election stress is to take deep breaths. This process will reduce stress hormones’ levels and lead to a welcomed calming effect on the mind and body. A healthy routine is also a great way to reduce stress because organized people have healthy habits including daily or weekly exercises, enough sleep, and excellent diets just to name a few.
Everyday tasks such as cleaning the house, organizing your clothes, cooking, or washing dishes will help you take your mind off the Election Day if you concentrate on your current activity.
Experts stress that people who keep themselves busy with healthy activities will improve their mental health and will have a lower risk of developing many health conditions later in life including cardiovascular diseases, Alzheimer’s, and dementia.
Last but not least, people can deal with election stress by avoiding discussions about these hotly-debated political matters, while keeping their personal opinions for themselves.
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