AUSTIN (KXAN) – Grammy-winning hip-hop superstar Cardi B shared her Election Night stress on Tuesday with an Instagram post in which she smoked three cigarettes at once in a fur coat.
And Cardi is unlikely to be alone, as more than two-thirds of Americans reported in October that the election was a major source of stress in their lives.
A recent study found that 68% of adults say they felt election-centered fear, up from 54% in the 2016 election.
In October, Dr. Allison Chase of Austin-based Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Center told KXAN’s Tom Miller that the constant news cycle is a major contributor to Americans’ high anxiety.
Chase recommended setting time limits or restrictions on news consumption and trying to stay present.
“I think news is needed, and we absolutely need to have that information,” Chase said. “What happens is that sometimes it gets really hard to turn it off. If someone keeps looking for something to confirm what they think, or maybe to find evidence to counter what they think, and it costs us this what I would call some sort of rabbit hole phenomenon. That’s problematic, and it’s hard to get rid of. ”