America is waiting on the results of a close and contentious election. And we’re not sure when we’ll know who won.
But one thing both parties can agree on? They’re stressed.
An American Psychological Association poll showed that more than two-thirds of adults are finding the 2020 election to be a significant source of stress. This includes 76% of Democrats and 67% of Republicans.
That’s because we’re dealing with a sense of “chronic uncertainty,” said Judson Brewer, director of research and innovation at the Mindfulness Center at Brown University.
The tension from the pandemic coupled with that from an unresolved election can create high levels of anxiety, he said.
Did we mention that today is National Stress Awareness Day?
Here are some ways to deal with increased stress and anxiety.
Read the tips here: npr.org/electionstress