WASHINGTON (Gray DC) If you're feeling physically or emotionally drained from the presidential election, you're not alone. New research sheds some light on what is causing your headache or worse.
"If you're asking me if I am stressed out about this election? Absolutely," said D'Arcy Kemnitz, a voter in Washington D.C.
Kemnitz is internalizing the current state of presidential politics.
"In the more than 30 years that I have been voting, I have never felt this degree of negativity or this really kind of feeling of just being out of place. Watching this gets everybody down," Kemnitz said.
Kemnitz isn't alone. According to the American Psychological Association, more than half of Americans are feeling significantly stressed by the presidential election.
"This year, election stress was at the same level as what we have seen say the economy related stress in the past," said Dr. Vaile Wright with the American Psychological Association.
Dr. Wright says men and women, Democrats and Republicans are feeling the pressure nearly equally.
"I think it speaks to the pervasive nature that this election is really amping everybody up," Dr. Wright said "It really is affecting everybody. There isn't just one group or another that is feeling it.
The study also shows some evidence that social media and the 24 hour news cycle is making election stress even worse.
“We found that 38 percent of adults said that the political and cultural discussions that happened on social media are causing them stress," Dr. Wright said.
There are some ways to reduce the anxiety. Experts say you can start with taking a digital detox.
"You can watch enough to stay informed, but don't compulsively seek out more and more articles and more and more television," Dr. Wright said.
In the days to come, she recommends avoiding conversations that could turn into confrontations, vote and keep your eye on the big picture.
“It's important to remember that the executive branch is just one branch of the government, that we do have these checks and balances for a reason," Dr. Wright said.