Based on the statistics, Election Day seems like a significant source of stress for many American citizens. The recent study conducted by the APA reveal that 52 percent of all American adults believe that this year’s election has stressed them out.
It is worth mentioning that these findings apply to both Democrats and Republicans. According to psychiatry associate professor Joan Cook with the Yale School of Medicine, Election Day has taken its toll on most people as they are either shocked or disgusted by this political campaign.
Stress, fear, and anger are a dangerous combination of feelings that can increase blood pressure, nausea, and tensed muscles. Worse, it may cause long-term consequences as well. According to Lorenzo Cohen from the MD Anderson Cancer Center, people get involved every day in pollical discussions, and this has a negative impact on their mental health.
Hotly debated topics such as Election Day divide people and causes a lot of stress by affecting their daily activities.
To address this issue, doctors strongly recommend people to come with a more positive approach to this political subject, because elections are something very temporary, whereas the relationships between people are much more important, so it would be a shame to break up with your girlfriend or have a quarrel with family members over such topics as Election Day.
Also, it would be best for citizens to avoid political arguments if they want to reduce the stress caused by this election. Although you might have something very important to say that you think it will convince other people you are right, in fact, there is a high risk that someone will disagree with you.
Instead, experts say that deep breaths a couple of times a day will lower the levels of stress hormones, so people will feel calm and relaxed.
Reducing the daily news intake is an excellent strategy as well. Without realizing most people are overwhelmed by the news consumption which has a negative impact on Americans’ sleep, mood, and ability to work.
Most importantly, news consumption can be replaced with a healthy routine consisting of a well-organized schedule and other excellent activities such as weekly or daily exercises, enough sleep, and great dietary habits.
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