Contentious presidential race causing election anxiety

Posted at 5:45 PM, Nov 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-02 21:10:38-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Election day is less than 24 hours away and this contentious election is making people feel more anxious than usual.

Waiting for the results is causing some people to lose sleep and affecting their diets.

"Both sides are worried that if their person doesn't win it won't be good," said Dr. Abhi Saxsena with Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

According to a recent survey from the American Psychological Association, nearly 70% of people said the elections are a significant source of stress.

This year has already made people feel alone and isolated because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Saxena says while we may look for ways to stay connected, there is such a thing as being too connected, especially with social media.

"It helps to stop scrolling so much," Dr. Saxsena said. "Put down your phone for a little bit don't read everything you can read until now and election night...try to limit screen time if possible."

It's best to start mentally preparing for either outcome and do your best to hold onto hope.

"Try to remember that there's people we love and admire on both sides and we're still all in this together at the end of today," Dr. Saxsena said.

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