APA Shared Helpful Tips For Reducing 2016 Presidential Election-Related Stress

By Theena - 17 Oct '16 23:14PM

"Are you a Republicans or a Democrats?" is the common question we usually asked as the 2016 Presidential Election is fast approaching. In an early preview of data of the American Psychological Association's annual stress in America, the poll shows that whether you are a Republicans or Democrats your stress is significantly related to the 2016 presidential election. But wait there's more as APA did not just stop on giving us statistics but they also shared helpful tips for reducing this election-related stress.

What Survey Says?

 "We're seeing that it doesn't matter whether you're registered as a Democrat or Republican - U.S. adults say they are experiencing significant stress from the current election," said Lynn Bufka, Ph.D., APA's associate executive director for practice research and policy.

Harris Poll conducted this survey in August among adults 18 years old and above living in the U.S.  The survey shows that 52 percent of American adults indeed view the 2016 presidential election as a very or somewhat significant source of stress. In fact, the survey revealed that social media appears to affect Americans' stress levels when it comes to the election and related topics.

"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," said Bufka.

APA Tips

The APA has also shared helpful tips for reducing election-related stress. These include limiting media exposure, engaging in community efforts related to political beliefs, avoiding potentially tense discussions, relaxing with loved ones, and, ultimately, voting.

Details of the tips are the following:

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