Americans Are More Stressed Than Ever - & Yes, The Election Is To Blame
While the August 2016 poll marked the first time that politics-related questions were included in the Stress In America survey, the new poll in January showed that politics was now a major source of stress for Americans.
According to a new survey by the American Psychological Association (APA), 66 percent of respondents report feeling increasingly stressed out by the current political climate and prospects for the nation's future.
However, 59 percent of Republicans surveyed said the future of the nation was a source of stress. While some believed anxiety levels would decrease after the election, once the campaigning wound down, it seems to be steadily moving in the opposite direction.
Between the 2016 survey and January's follow up, the average reported stress level rose from 4.8 to 5.1, on a scale where 1 means little to no stress and 10 means maximum stress.
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Americans' opinions on the election outcome were divided along partisan lines. In the APA's most recent survey, politics jumped up on the list: Fifty-seven percent of people experienced stress thinking about the political climate of the country, and 49 percent were stressed out about the election's outcome.
Stress is not unfamiliar to Americans, but typically it is focused around work and money. In fact almost three of every four Democrats, 72 percent, said that Trump was causing them significant stress. Minority groups, millennials, those living in urban areas, and those with a college education had higher levels of stress about the election, which is unsurprising since those demographics tend to lean left politically.
"A third of Americans have reported specific symptoms such as headaches (34 percent), feeling overwhelmed (33 percent), feeling nervous or anxious (33 percent) or feeling depressed or sad (32 percent)", the study reads.
Wright suggests the best way to ease stress related to what's happening in Washington is to disentangle yourself from the minute-by-minute deluge of negative news. "It can make existing health problems worse, and even cause disease, either because of changes in the body or bad habits people develop to cope with stress". "So we try to seek out ways to control it, which is to be informed". She asserted that keeping up with the headlines at night will only "get you riled up again when you should be prioritizing going to sleep, winding down, preparing for the next day. burnout isn't going to help anybody". "People think, if I choose to cope or do something for myself, I'm saying what's happening isn't a big deal".
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