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Tips for Surviving the Election Season!

Hello Loyal Soup People! I think it is about time that I finally write about this election. Specifically – how it is impacting our health! No, I’m not endorsing anyone in my column! I’m more concerned about a report just released by the American Psychological Association (APA) that says that 52% of American adults say that this election cycle is a somewhat or significant source of stress.

Millennials, in particular, are reporting the highest levels of stress because they are the most actively engaged in social media.The reported stress is equal across party lines. Quite frankly, everyone is an anxious mess right now!

The APA recommends several tips to manage your stress until the election:

– Get off social media. Obviously! Stop scrolling through Facebook and Twitter – especially before bed. Anything that can be read late at night can also be read in the morning.
– If you do read something that upsets you, go for a walk. Exercise releases those wonderful endorphins which are natural mood boosters and stress relievers.
– Get involved and volunteer. A lot of anxiety is related to feeling helpless in this crazy election cycle. Get involved in a local campaign! And related to this topic – vote!
– Get focused on other things. Instead of a campaign, volunteer for a local charity. Local animal shelters always need dog walkers! Get outside with a furry friend!

And remember, whatever happens on November 8th – life will go on! I think!!

*NOTE – Soupermom is not a licensed dietitian, doctor, personal trainer, or anything like that. She’s just extremely knowledgeable about healthy living!! But if you slip and fall while taking her advice, it is not her fault!

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