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Election stress: How to cope with stress after election

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Jacksonville. Fla. – The election is over. America has voted and there is a new president -elect. According to American Psychological Association more than half of Americans are reporting that the campaign and election is a very or somewhat significant source of stress.

Election related stress affect various generations of Americans in different ways including Americans who used social media regularly versus those who do not use social media. According to data, social media contributed to high stress levels due to election coverage.

In the last decade the Stress in America survey has examined how stress affects the health and well-being of American adults during the election cycles.

According to the survey, social media appears to affect Americans’ stress levels when it comes to the election and related topics. In fact, more than one in four adults say that political and cultural discussions on social media cause them stress.

Dr. Catherine Drew, CEO of Florida Psychological Associates, stated there is a large amount of emotions among Americans the day after the elections and during the campaign season, “The most important thing is to remember the intensity of what you’re feeling today is likely not going to be the same two weeks from now or even tomorrow.”

Drew states “to take this one day at a time. Focus on yourself today. Focus on things that make you feel good."

The survey findings reflected that election stress had no boundaries, and that election stress affected individuals from both sides of the aisle and 46 percent of Independents say the say the same.

Drew states that for those that you’re interacting with in the workplace or with family first “listen to them with a compassionate approach. Six months ago they were friends and colleagues and six months will still be most likely. The Intensity will continue to decrease.” Drew encourages people to find things that unify them rather than pull them apart.