And so is Hillary, for that matter -- a new study finds that millions of Americans are really, really struggling with this election.
There has been nothing truly quite this presidential election, perhaps the most dramatic in United States history — and it’s causing tremendous stress for Americans, according to the American Psychological Association. Even First Lady Michelle Obama said the comments by Republican presidential candidate has “shaken me to my core,” and it seems that the other side is equally stressful about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton winning the presidency.
It’s certainly been a crazy election with too many unbelievable incidents to highlight. Trump told Clinton to her face at the debate that she should be in jail. Clinton has slammed Trump repeatedly for videos that emerged showing him bragging about sexual assault, and multiple women are coming forward accusing him of doing just that.
The APA included a question about the election in its annual Stress in America survey sent back in August, and found that more than half of U.S. adults felt very or somewhat stressed by the election, and it didn’t matter which party they were a member of.
“We’re seeing that it doesn’t matter whether you’re registered as a Democrat or Republican — U.S. adults say they are experiencing significant stress from the current election,” said Lynn Bufka, PhD, APA’s associate executive director for practice research and policy.
The APA advises the following: “If the 24-hour news cycle of claims and counterclaims from the candidates is causing you stress, limit your media consumption. Read just enough to stay informed. Turn off the newsfeed or take a digital break. Take some time for yourself, go for a walk, or spend time with friends and family doing things that you enjoy. Avoid getting into discussions about the election if you think they have the potential to escalate to conflict. Be cognizant of the frequency with which you’re discussing the election with friends, family members or coworkers. Stress and anxiety about what might happen is not productive.”