The annual "Stress in America" survey out from the American Psychological Association found that more than half of U.S. adults are already significantly stressed about the 2020 presidential election, putting it alongside traditional issues like work and money, as well as mass shootings and access to health care, as being what's causing the most stress for Americans. In the survey, 56 percent of adults said the presidential election a year from now is already a "significant stressor," 69 percent cited the costs of health care, and 71 percent named mass shootings, which was the most common source of stress among those surveyed, up nearly 10 percent from the 2018 survey. Other topics causing stress that were cited included climate change, immigration, national security and abortion, and a majority of respondents who are part of a minority community, either people of color or LGBT adults, also named the impact of discrimination. There was a drastic decrease in stress levels by age, with Baby Boomers and older adults having significantly lower than average stress levels, while members of Generation X, Millennials and Gen Z reporting higher than average levels. The APA advises that the best ways to manage stress are to get a good amount of sleep each night, exercise regularly and have a healthy network of social support

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