Diagnosis: Election Anxiety

As the country awaits election results, many students report feeling increased anxiety

Vanisa Kumar, Business Editor

“Refresh, refresh, refresh, ok maybe refresh one more time,” that has been the life of millions of people across America for the past 3 days. For many Americans, this is the biggest and most high risk election. 

An article from SCL Health identifies a term, “Election day Stress,” which is exactly what it sounds like, the stress endured from Election Day.

“…it is affecting people on both sides of the political aisle equally,” SCL Health states. “Constant media coverage, uncertainty, volatile election issues and social media bickering are just some of the reasons the election has people feeling on edge.”

Senior Sarah Christensen explains why she thinks there is so much stress in the country right now. 

“I think this election is so anxiety-inducing because there is so much at stake,” Christensen explains. “…It’s not just about who will be the next president, it’s about people’s lives.” 

 As a registered voter, Nidhi Jha, former Troy High graduate, explains how her and other students at the University of Washington Law school are easing their own stress. 

“I just distract myself, take a day off, delete the apps and close all the tabs on my phone,” Jha says. “By voting or spreading enough information about voting, you’ve already done your part, all we can do is wait.”

With many Americans desperately refreshing their screens only to see that nothing has changed, perhaps it is best to close out the tabs for a day and spend the time on more anxiety-reducing activities.