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KFYRTV.com reports that the back and forth between the candidates and their supporters is making people sick. In fact, according to articles in Forbes Magazine, The Washington Times, and Pew Research Center polling, 60 percent of Americans are exhausted by the barrage of campaign coverage.

I can't stand this stress any longer

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Forbes.com contributor Dr. Robert Glatter asks, “Like other life stressors, could the presidential election be making you sick? It’s an important question to ask yourself as November 8th approaches, since we know that prolonged stress can cause elevated blood pressure – the culprit that can lead to strokes and heart attacks, not to mention overeating – but also the feared metabolic syndrome defined by elevated cholesterol, central abdominal obesity (insulin resistance) and hypertension.”

ALSO SEE: 5 Things Christians Should Consider During This Election Season

The American Psychological Association dubbed this exhaustion as, “Election Stress Disorder,” but how do we deal with it?  APA policy chief Lynn Bufka said, “Read just enough to stay informed,” but turn off the cable news, keep off Facebook and other social media, and limit your news consumption. “Take some time for yourself, go for a walk, or spend time with friends and family doing things that you enjoy.”

Other suggestions include “avoiding discussing the election often or violently, working to advance issues you think are important, paying attention to races and issues other than the presidential election and avoiding “catastrophizing” because America will probably be [just] fine.”

(Source: KFYRTV.com, TheWeek.com & Forbes.com)


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