Alive and Well: Coping with election stress

The American Psychological Association conducted a survey that found 52 percent of American adults said the current election is a significant source of stress in their lives.

Election stress is real.

“I’ve never felt it like this before and I’m afraid to lose some of my friends,” said Gary Mincy, a business owner in St. Charles.

"It breaks up friendships,” said Alicia Nacke, a student at Lindenwood University. “I’ve seen it happen.”

On Main Street in St. Charles, or Main Street anywhere else, politics is causing stress said Connie Fisher of Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri.

“Partially because the campaign has been so negative and partially because these two people have the least amount of trust of people who have run for president before, so we don’t trust them,” said Fisher.

As we head toward the voting booth on Tuesday, experts say our collective blood pressure is up, and that’s not all.

“Symptoms that somebody with PTSD would have: thinking negatively, avoiding things that would make them feel that way, feeling anxious all the time, nightmares,” said Fisher.

Fisher’s advice?

“Watch the news once a day to be informed, but don’t watch it over and over again. Take a break from social media,” said Fisher. “Taking a deep breath literally will calm you down.”

“Take a deep breath and respect everybody’s opinion,” said Mincy.

Yoga instructor Josh Holder agrees with the deep breath strategy.

“Happy voting. Breathe deep,” said Holder. “Peace out.”


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