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More than half say politics is a source of stress

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By Emily Bratcher  Feb 16 2017

Americans are about as stressed as they've ever been.

Until past year, people used to report that anxiety came from personal life issues, such as money and work.

In order to avoid elevated stress levels, researchers recommend turning off the TV and taking up hobbies or spending more time with family. In fact almost three of every four Democrats, 72 percent, said that Trump was causing them significant stress. The report, which surveyed 1,019 Americans from January 5 to January 19, also found that the results were pretty stark when broken down by political party - 76% of Democrats reported that the outcome of the election was a significant source of stress for them, while only 26% of Republicans did. Furthermore, 49% of participants reported they felt anxious about the election's outcome and 66% reported they were extremely stressed about the future of the nation.

According to a new survey released on Wednesday, February 15, by the American Psychological Association, U.S. citizens are exhibiting elevated levels of stress, exceeding the benchmark set a decade ago. This year, the APA pins the stress increase on America's political climate. For the longest time, Deena Shanker reports at Bloomberg, stress levels were going down, but then, last year, the slow-motion auto crash of the election started dominating everything, and America got anxious. This marks the highest percentage noted since the question was first asked.

Stress, of course, can have a negative impact on a person's health, in addition to straining relationships or work. Stress had also varied among different age demographics, with millennials (defined as 18-37 years old) reporting the most stress about the election outcome.

The demographic stress levels line up with the election results. Rural Americans were the most serene about Trump's victory, with only 33 percent feeling stress about the election result.

The data also indicated that American Americans were the most stressed racial groups while Caucasians were the least stressed.

"The fact that two-thirds of Americans are saying the future of the nation is causing them stress, it is a startling number", Wright told the Post. 57 percent of respondents said that the political climate either largely or somewhat contributed to their stress levels. "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".

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