How to relieve election-related stress and anxiety

Stree and anxiety have negative health effects

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(CNN) – Republicans and democrats are united about at least one thing: more than half of them say the 2016 election is a source of stress, according to the American Psychological Association.

If you are experiencing election-related anxiety, there are some things you can do.

Read enough to stay informed, but don’t binge on political news. Take some time for activities that recharge you.

Concentrate on daily tasks and stick with healthy habits. Difficult as it may seem, try not to worry about the outcome of the vote; instead, take action on issues that matter to you.

While it’s good to have meaningful, respectful discussions about political ideas, avoid talking about the election if there is a chance it will lead to conflict. If an argument arises, know how and when to stop yourself.

Remember, stress and anxiety are not productive. They have negative health effects and won’t change the outcome of the vote.

The APA says voting itself can make you feel that you are taking a proactive step, and that helps you cope with uncertainty.

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