Stressed out by U.S. election? Tune out and assume downward-facing dog pose

Stressed out by the U.S. election? Tune out and assume downward-facing dog pose, by Reuters in the US.

[S]ome therapists in the United States said their patients have complained of difficulty sleeping, irritability and heart palpitations. They said they were advising clients to limit exposure to the news and take up breathing exercises and yoga to calm down.

“I’ve never seen this level of stress and anxiety over an impending election in my 26 years (of practicing),” said Nancy Molitor, a clinical psychologist from just outside Chicago. …

Philip Muskin, professor of psychology at Columbia University Medical Center, said the anxiety among his patients reminded him of the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 al Qaeda attacks, and the crashing to Earth of America’s first space station, Skylab, in 1979, which had people around the world worried they could be hit by falling space debris. “Things where, for everybody, the sense of control is gone,” Muskin said.

This article by Reuters is notable because the story in the excerpts above is fitted around several thinly disguised attacks on Trump and a couple of Democrat talking points. The misinformation and bias that those in the US are exposed to may indeed be stressful. There is a wide gulf between what is being said in the media and reality, too readily apparent to be soothed away with media talk. Everyone must notice at the sub-conscious level.