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Doctor: Setting boundaries important to keep the election from stressing you out

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton laughs with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump following their presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

If all the election coverage is driving you nuts, it’s important to set boundaries according to one local doctor.

Dr. Michael Weinberg, senior manager of Behavioral Health Services at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, said if you find yourself getting a little too heated or upset with all the political coverage, turn the TV off.

“Whether we call it entertainment, enlightenment or education, can we walk away from it if we’re emotionally excited by what we heard or saw, so that it doesn’t interfere with the rest of our lives,” Weinberg said.

Weinberg said if you can’t stand the political ads while watching your favorite show, record it and watch it later.

“That way [you] can still enjoy the movie or the show that [you’re] watching, without all these interruptions,” Weinberg said.

He said it is also important to set boundaries when having a political conversation with someone on the other side of the political aisle. Weinberg said it is important to keep it civil and respectful.

“If your energy with family and friends is to show them that you are right and they are wrong, I think the outcome more often than not will be less than positive,” Weinberg said.

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