Election season isn’t always a fun time for most people, but this upcoming presidential election in particular has many Americans feeling extra hopeless and frustrated. And if you watched the recent second presidential debate between Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, and Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, you know exactly why.
From Trump’s personal attacks and aggressive body language, to having to listen to him minimize his remarks about getting away with sexual assault as “locker room talk” — it is emotionally exhausting.
In fact, psychologists are declaring this the most stressful election season yet, and they have even released official tips to help everyday people cope and relax.
As reported by Elle, The American Psychological Association conducted a survey to measure exactly how much stress Americans are under from this election. 52 percent of adults said that they sourced their high-stress levels directly to the election — and that number was about even among Republicans, Democrats, men, and women. Older adults (over 71) and millennials reported the highest stress levels.
The tips that the American Psychological Association recommend may not be the most complex, but they can make a difference in effectively lowering these negative feelings.
Overall, these tips center around stepping away and recharging before diving into anything election-related, something that even Hillary Clinton says she has to do.
So what can stressed individuals do when they’re feeling overwhelmed?
The APA recommends turning off your computer, not letting your friends talk to you about politics, and finding positive outlets for anxiety (art, exercise, etc.).
It could take some time, but working to incorporate these tips into your everyday life can help make this election season — no matter who you’re voting for — as easy-to-navigate as possible.