There's no denying that this year's presidential election has been unlike any other. Shocking recordings have surfaced, pre-debate handshakes have been avoided, and accusations have flown. Regardless of political affiliation, the election has caused a serious amount of stress for Americans everywhere — 52 percent of us, to be more precise. A survey recently conducted by the American Psychological Association revealed that slightly more than half of Americans documented the election as a "very or somewhat significant source of stress." Election Stress Disorder is officially a thing, ladies and gents. #America
People around the country are dealing with this tension in their own ways. Some choose to tweet away their worries and frustrations, while others get involved in Facebook arguments about the candidates with long-lost high school classmates. And others — myself included — look to the pantry. Food has become a solace of mine amid the election-related madness, and I recently discovered that I'm not the only one. These tweets prove that stress eating has become a norm among election followers.
The Freshman 15 has nothing on the "Trump 10."
@business I call it the Trump Ten... The extra pounds from stress eating/drinking between now and Election Day— Chelsea Henderson (@chelseah_writes) October 15, 2016
Limited edition: only available while supplies last.
Tic Tacs now available in special 2016 Election Stress Eating size pic.twitter.com/Pq9Fffr4R7— Frisco Uplink (@_danilo) July 30, 2016
When life hands you stress, tacos are there for you.
If this election has got you stress eating, like me, support your local taco truck. #TacoTrucksOnEveryCorner— Peter Masterton (@PeterMaster_TON) October 13, 2016
RIP yoga pants.
I have gained 5 pounds during this campaign season. Stress eating. I'm not sure my yoga pants can take anymore of this election.— Brittany Pounders (@LibertyBritt) March 16, 2016
The debates caused the stress-eating phenomenon to reach full-blown crisis status.
They should cancel the next debate on the basis of preventing another national stress-snacking crisis.— Ana Gasteyer (@AnaGasteyer) October 10, 2016
Someone just wake me up when it's over.
BRB stocking up on matzo balls before tonight's results are released.
After the election, I think we all need a week off to unplug and unwind. I for one have been stress-eating matzo balls like a mad woman.— Sandra Aviva Gross (@avivadetroit) October 11, 2016
Looks like November is going to be full of feasts . . . nice knowin' ya, diet.
If I am stress eating this much during a debate, election day is gonna be a feast. 🍟🍗🧀🍔🍕🍝🌮🍹🍸— Pia Catton (@PiaCatton) October 10, 2016
If we can all come together to agree on one thing, it's this.
As a nation, let's come together and agree not to notice that everyone has gained 20 lbs stress-eating during the election.— Kyle Stevens (@cinementalist) October 10, 2016
With the highly anticipated election finally happening today, it seems as though stress levels are at an all-time high. Here are three quick ways to cope while the results roll in (and no, stress eating an entire bag of Cheetos isn't one of them . . . ).
1. Take a Meditation Break
When you're 12 Facebook comments deep in an argument with a Trump supporter, just step away from the computer to clear your head — the meditation app 10% Happier even went as far as creating guided meditations specifically for the election itself. If executed correctly, there are so many benefits to mediation. The key is completely unplugging so you can find your focus and walk away feeling renewed and refreshed.
2. Do a Little Downward Dog
Grab your yoga mat and try out one of these stress-banishing poses. Concentrate on breathing in the good vibes and breathing out the negativity. Besides strengthening your muscles and improving your balance, yoga does wonders for your mental well-being.
3. Try a Stress-Reducing Workout
If yoga and meditation don't float your boat, this stress-relieving workout may be more up your alley. Turn up the jams, get your heart pumping, and sweat out that stress.