Americans stress levels on the rise, survey shows

Source   American Psychological Association

Source American Psychological Association

New polling indicates that more than half of Americans are stressed out by the current political climate as the new Trump administration nears its first month.

It's usually common for those polled to report anxiety around personal life issues like work and money.

In order to avoid elevated stress levels, researchers recommend turning off the TV and taking up hobbies or spending more time with family.

The results of the latest poll, given to 1,019 people in January, showed the fastest rise in stress levels since the APA's Stress in America survey began in 2007.

Asked specifically about the outcome of the 2016 election, Americans were predictably divided along partisan lines.

The survey comes on the coattails of APA survey results last fall that found 52% of Americans said the presidential election was a source of stress.

Our nation is more stressed now than we have been in the past decade, according to a poll released Wednesday. And it doesn't matter if you're liberal or conservative - in total, 66 percent of Americans are anxious about the future of the country, with 76 percent of Democrats reporting they're stressed and an entire 59 percent of Republicans saying the same, Bloomberg reports.

While barely more than 40 percent of whites said they were significantly stressed out by the Trump victory, almost 70 percent of blacks reported high stress levels caused by the election results.

Meanwhile, 62 percent of urban dwellers were stressed by the election results while only 45 percent of respondents living in the suburbs felt similarly.

Broken down into two-party numbers, 72% of Democrats report the outcome of the 2016 election as a significant form of stress, where only 26% of Republicans say the same.

Roughly 55 percent of Latinos and Asians reported high levels of election-related stress.

Vaile Wright, a licensed psychologist and member of APA's Stress in America team, speaking with the Washington Post, admitted the severity of the findings caught her off guard. "It seems to suggest that what people thought would happen, that there would be relief [after the election] did not occur, and instead since the election, stress has increased". For example, 53 percent of those with more than a high school education reported stress caused by the election outcome.

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