The American Psychological Association confirms what many Americans are feeling right about now—this election season is fraught with intense stress and anxiety.
Happy election week! Raise your hand if you're SO ready for it to just be over!? The stress is real. I'm exhausted... #DontForgetToVote ????— Chelsea Briggs (@Chelsea_Briggs) November 7, 2016
This election is making me stress out like I did in high school, pimples and all...— Constance Zimmer (@ConstanceZimmer) November 4, 2016
My election stress is suddenly an alternative energy source that could power my house for 37 years.— Sherman Alexie (@Sherman_Alexie) November 4, 2016
Memes are doing a great job distracting me from the stress and anxiety of our countries impending doomsday election— ?? Farrah Moan ?? (@farrahrized) November 3, 2016
Americans of every stripe are worrying about the election— Republicans and Democrats, young and old, independent of race or ethnicity. According to the study, more than half of Americans are stressed out right before Election Day.
The APA reports that Latino-Americans have been the most stressed out ethnic group in this election at 56%. This is unsurprising considering the fact that Donald Trump has been punching down at Mexican-Americans and Latino immigrants from the beginning of his campaign.
Touchingly, Americans over the age of 71 are the most stressed-out age bracket at 59%, with Millennials just trailing them at 56%. This fact brings to mind the woman who was born before suffrage who passed away shortly after voting for Hillary Clinton and the elderly people who have used their obituaries to send a message about keeping Trump out of the Oval Office.
One factor that has clearly been exacerbating American's stress levels is social media, with those active on social media a full 9% more likely to be suffering from election anxiety.
APA's Lynn Bufka explains, "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."
As Election Day dawns, the APA offers a few stress-relieving tips to keep voters feeling grounded and healthy. The association suggests limiting your social media intake, avoiding catastrophizing, and, most importantly, making your own voice heard by voting.
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