America is getting stressed out - by politics.
A study published Wednesday by the American Psychological Association says that more than half of Americans say the political climate is causing them significant stress.
In regard to the elections, the team of researchers revealed that 49 percent of Americans reported stress about the election outcome, 57 of the subjects were anxious about the current state of politics, and 66 percent US citizens were losing sleep over the direction the country is headed. And according to the APA, American stress levels have shown a steady decline over the entire 10-year span. The data indicates the American stress levels have only risen following the heated presidential election season.
To combat some of the stress Americans feel toward politics and the nation's future, Nordal encourages people to stay informed, but to limit the amount of information they consume.
Until past year, people used to report that anxiety came from personal life issues, such as money and work. But 2016 was the first year that APA asked about the impact of politics, an addition prompted when psychologists who are part of the organization reported a spike in patient anxiety about the 2016 election.
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"The fact that two-thirds of Americans are saying the future of the nation is causing them stress, it is a startling number", Wright said. Among white respondents, 42% reported stress from the election results. In January, 80 percent had symptoms such as tension headaches or feeling overwhelmed or depressed.
Sixty-two percent of people living in urban areas reported very or somewhat significant stress related to the election outcome, while only 45 percent of those living in suburban areas and 33 percent of people living in rural areas said the same.
"It's not just about who won the election". Of Americans with some level of education beyond high school, 53 percent say that the election results cause them significant stress.
Take national security adviser Michael Flynn's resignation late Monday night, Wright said. She asserted that keeping up with the headlines at night will only "get you riled up again when you should be prioritizing going to sleep, winding down, preparing for the next day. burnout isn't going to help anybody". The spiking stress levels are not spread equally among all Americans, with groups most likely to be affected by Trump's presidency showing the highest levels of stress.