Like many people out there, I'm currently struggling with Trump-induced anxiety. What this means, as least for me, is that sleep has become near impossible, as I roll around for hours, occasionally Googling things like, "how many executive orders do presidents get?" and "what are the chances that Roe v. Wade can be overturned?" During the day, I'm just as stressed, if not more so, as I'm bombarded with all those executive decisions Trump is signing off on left and right. I've even doubled up on my weekly therapy visits and my psychiatrist has upped my daily Xanax intake. Yes, Trump-induced anxiety is real. Isn't it nice to have a name for it?
For many, this is nothing new. In October 2016, the American Psychological Association survey found that 52 percent of Americans cited the election as the source of their stress, categorizing it as "very or somewhat significant," in its impact. In addition to that, the survey found that this anxiety affected Millennials even more with 56 percent of them pointing to the election as the reason behind their stress and anxiety.
While we can't undo the fact that Trump is now president, we can at least practice self-care and help get this anxiety under control.