Election Stress Getting to You? You’re Not Alone

By Robert Preidt
HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, Oct. 8, 2020 (HealthDay Information) — For most Us residents, the 2020 presidential election is a large source of stress, a new nationwide survey reveals.

Approximately seven in 10 grownups (68%) surveyed termed the election a significant source of stress, in comparison with 52% in 2016, the survey commissioned by the American Psychological Association (APA) showed.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, a Democrat, is seeking to unseat Republican President Donald Trump in a divisive marketing campaign that has place a highlight on the president’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the economy and prevalent racial unrest.

And pre-election stress is significant between folks of all political stripes: seventy six% of Democrats, 67% of Republicans and 64% of Independents, the survey identified.

Arthur Evans Jr., APA’s chief govt officer, said this is an election yr like no other.

“Not only are we in the midst of a world-wide pandemic that has killed extra than 200,000 Us residents, but we are also dealing with raising division and hostility in the presidential election,” Evans said in an APA information launch.

“Insert to that racial turmoil in our metropolitan areas, the unsteady economy and climate alter that has fueled prevalent wildfires and other purely natural disasters. The final result is an accumulation of stressors that are using a actual physical and emotional toll on Us residents,” Evans said.

But some groups are emotion the stress extra acutely than they did in 2016, the survey identified. For illustration, seventy one% of Black grownups said this election is a source of stress, in comparison with forty six% 4 decades back.

Grownups with continual health and fitness disorders are also extra probably than these without the need of a single to say this election is demanding (seventy one% compared to 64%). Costs were being decreased in both groups in the course of the 2016 marketing campaign (55% compared to forty five%).

And the stress, which has intensified in the previous yr, goes past the election alone.

In 2020, seventy seven% of respondents said they are pressured out about the potential of the United States, up from 66% in 2019.

The survey of extra than 3,400 grownups was done on line by The Harris Poll from Aug. 4 to 26, 2020.

If election-connected stress is getting to you, you can get methods to decrease it, the APA recommended.

Prevent dwelling on items you won’t be able to control and concentration on what you can control. Limit your media publicity. Do routines you enjoy and get included in items that issue to you, the experts advised.

Stay socially linked. Go for a wander or expend time with pals and relatives. Stay or get energetic — actual physical exercise assists launch stress-connected strength.