Carilion Clinic expert discusses election stress

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — More than 64,000 people in the City of Roanoke voted Tuesday, but not having results is impacting everyone differently. Now, Carilion Clinic experts say it may be best to take a break.

Health experts say stress can manifest through binge-eating, nausea, or countless other learned habits, which may not be healthy.

“Each of us over our lifetime develops different strategies, consciously or unconsciously for dealing with stress, dealing with anxiety, ” said Dr. Robert L. Trestman, the Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Carilion Clinic. “It’s completely understandable why so many of us are doom scrolling and trying to find any information we can, to try to find a sense of control.”

He said focusing on the source of that stress by pinpointing it, tensing up the muscles around that area, whether it’s a fist or your shoulders, holding it tight, and then releasing is one way to release stress.

“You can really be aware of it, so that when you relax you feel the difference. And you will feel at ease much more quickly,” Dr. Trestman explained.

If you or anyone you know is struggling with anxiety or despair, Dr. Trestman recommends reaching out to an expert.

The phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is (800) 273-8255.

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