Election overload

Don’t pull your hair over the presidential race

Is this rapid-fire election season stressing you out? You’re not alone. The media frenzy over the presidential race feels overwhelming to about half of Americans, according to a survey conducted by the American Psychological Association. Of respondents, 52 percent said the election is a very or somewhat significant source of stress. That held true for Democrats and Republicans alike. But don’t fret! The APA offers tips for chilling out ahead of Nov. 8:

• Unplug from the 24-hour news cycle. It’s tempting to check the freshest allegations against Donald Trump, but give it a rest. Go for a walk or meet up with friends instead.

• Don’t talk about it with friends, family or co-workers if you believe the conversation has the potential to escalate into an argument.

• Channel your stress into something productive, like volunteering in the community or advocating for an important issue.

• Vote. It’s the best way you can influence the outcome of the election.