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Weekly Now: Tips for Managing Pre-election Stress

Americans are more stressed ahead of next week's election than they were in 2016

If you’re feeling a little on edge ahead of Election Day, you are in the same boat as around two thirds of the country.

That’s according to the American Psychological Association, which found in a recent survey that 68 percent of people described the 2020 election as a source of significant stress, up from 52 percent in 2016 and at some of the highest levels in the country’s history. The stress levels were bipartisan—with 76 percent of Democrats, 67 percent of Republicans and 64 percent of independents feeling the pressure—but felt more acutely among specific groups, such as Black adults and those with chronic health conditions, than in prior years.

A recent article from NPR, produced with APA’s input, broke down a series of tips for helping to calm down some of the frayed nerves that the election is generating—including suggestions to prepare for delayed results, to focus on stress-reducing habits, to avoid doom-scrolling and to look for hopeful signs.

Please select this link to read the complete article from Associations Now.

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