19 Millennial Women On How Their Stress Levels Have Changed Since The Election
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A lot has changed in the six months since Donald Trump was sworn into office, both on a political level and a personal one. Bustle’s State of Our Unions series looks at how millennial women's relationships with their friends, family members, and romantic partners have been affected since the 2016 election. Today's topic: millennial women on how their stress levels are changing.

The results of the 2016 presidential election threw large swathes of the country for a massive, enormous loop. Whereas many believed that January would see the swearing in of the first woman President of the United States, we ended up instead with Donald Trump as Commander in Chief. As a result, many of us — millennials in particular — have found that our stress levels have changed since the election in some dramatic ways. Indeed, “some dramatic ways” is actually putting it mildly; for many, the correct term is “skyrocketed.”

According to the American Psychological Association’s report Stress in America: Coping with Change, which was released in February of 2017, a full two-thirds of Americans say that they’re stressed about the future of the country. What’s more, that stress isn’t necessarily split along party lines. Although it’s true that Democrats, at 72 percent, are more likely than Republicans at 26 percent to peg the election results as a “significant source of stress,” people from both parties report that the future of the United States is a significant source of stress. For Democrats, the percentage of people who feel this way is 76, while for Republicans, it’s 59. Overall, 57 percent of Americans report that the current political climate is at least somewhat a source of stress (and, in some cases, very much a source of stress); meanwhile, 49 percent of Americans also say the same about the outcome of the election itself.

Millennials in particular are feeling the burn; many, if not most, of the changes the Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress are attempting to push through will affect the younger generations the most. We don’t know if we’ll continue to have affordable access to essential health care; whether our kids will benefit from a robust public education system or suffer from a failing one; whether all citizens will have equal rights, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, or disability status; or how countless other issues and concerns will shake out — including whether or not we’ll even still have a planet to live on within the next few years.

Here’s how 19 millennial women say the election has affected their stress levels. It’s an eye-opener — and it’s a reminder that we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us to keep fighting for what we believe in.

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