How to cope with election day stress, according to the experts

“The world will not come to an end with one of the candidates winning or losing. But depending on who you are, you may be very, very negatively affected by what happens.”


Some women are finding themselves re-traumatized by the leaked Access Hollywood tape in which Donald Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women. These stories have, for many women, recalled harassment and abuse they experienced in the past. Even First Lady Michelle Obama told a crowd in New Hampshire that the comments from the tape have “shaken me to my core in a way that I couldn’t have predicted.”


Is the election stressing you out? You’re not alone: The American Psychological Association found that over 50 percent of U.S. adults, regardless of party affiliation, felt very or somewhat stressed by the election. (In fact, the APA found Democrats and Republicans were equally likely to say the election is a significant source of stress.)


I think of that garbage fire now as we are mired in this garbage fire of an election. I am nostalgic for it, as I am nostalgic for so many moments in 2008.


It was October 29, 2008, the night the Phillies won the World Series. A quarter of a century had passed since the city could celebrate such a victory, and so the town toasted its success with an honest-to-God garbage fire at the corner of Broad and Sansom Streets. The temperature hovered in the mid-40s and ecstatic fans, full of glee and beer, gathered around that garbage fire like it was a hearth. It made so many people so happy, that garbage fire. Those were simpler times.




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