Americans stress levels on the rise, survey shows

Diaz-Granados advised consuming a nutritious diet, too, because during times of high stress, people may turn to alcohol or fatty foods to help cope.

People in the United States are now more stressed than they used to be a decade ago, a fresh survey by the American Psychological Association (APA) revealed.

In the January survey, both Republicans and Democrats said they are stressed about the nation's future - at 59 and 76 percent, respectively. APA commissioned Harris Poll to conduct an additional survey online within the United States between January 5 and 19, among 1,019 adults ages 18+ who reside in the U.S. Surveys were conducted in English and Spanish.

Those are among the findings of a recent poll by the American Psychological Association, which found 57 percent of respondents said the current political climate is either a very significant or somewhat significant source of stress. Since August, the percentage of Americans saying personal safety is a very or somewhat significant source of stress increased from 29 percent to 34 percent. However, considering the outcome of the election, most of these individuals experiencing higher than normal levels of stress most likely did not vote for Donald Trump. Furthermore, 49% of participants reported they felt anxious about the election's outcome and 66% reported they were extremely stressed about the future of the nation. At the same time, more Americans said that they experienced physical and emotional symptoms of stress in the prior month, health symptoms that the APA warns could have long-term consequences.

While the group conducted surveys and collected data a year ago during the campaign and after the election, it was a new round questions posed to Americans last month, subsequent to Trump's taking office, that fueled the latest findings.

Of course, the data does diverge a bit between political parties: While 72 percent of Democrats have found the results of the election to be a "significant source of stress", only 26 percent of Republicans agreed. Stress had also varied among different age demographics, with millennials (defined as 18-37 years old) reporting the most stress about the election outcome.

The APA gauged stress levels in August 2017 and January 2017, and the results of the January poll showed the largest increase in stress in the survey's 10-year history.

The ones who live in rural areas were not as concerned about the future of their nation as were the ones who live in urban areas.

"W$3 hile it's really important to stay informed right now, there's a point where you have to know your limits; there's a saturation point where there isn't new information", she said in a Washington Post report.

Is the current political climate stressing you out? "And keep in mind to take care of yourself and pay attention to other areas of your life", Nordal said.