Just when you thought this surreal and apparently never-ending presidential election couldn't get any more crass and depressing, the candidates or their surrogates manage to find new and creative ways to turn up the sleaze dial. We've had claims of drug use, sexual assault, Russian espionage, and even, for a little extra color, the assertion that various political figures are literal, sulfur-scented demons.

What's this doing to the state of our mental health? If your social media look anything like mine, a quick glance at your feeds is enough to suggest the answer to this question can't be anything good. But now we have professional confirmation that the election is seriously messing with our heads.

The American Psychological Association just polled Americans and discovered that 52 percent of adults call the election a very or somewhat significant source of stress. The numbers are similar for Republicans and Democrats, for men and women.

Sadly, it's not looking likely that the tenor of the race is going to improve before Election Day , so what if anything can you do to calm your shredded nerves and preserve your sanity? America's concerned psychologists offered voters five tips along with the poll results.

1. Go on a media diet.

"If the 24-hour news cycle of claims and counterclaims from the candidates is causing you stress, limit your media consumption," suggests the APA. "Read just enough to stay informed. Turn off the newsfeed or take a digital break. Take some time for yourself, go for a walk, or spend time with friends and family doing things that you enjoy."

Social media in particular can be toxic. "The social niceties seem to slip away when we're online, we might be bolder or blunter, or it's more readily misinterpreted. I urge people, walk away from it, it's okay to not be plugged in all the time," Lynn Bufka, the APA's associate executive director for policy commented to The Washington Post. Think carefully before your post.

2. Choose your fights wisely.

Why get into yet another back and forth with your Trump-loving uncle (or Hillary-adoring niece) if you know it's going send your stress levels through the roof without changing anyone's mind?

"Avoid getting into discussions about the election if you think they have the potential to escalate to conflict. Be cognizant of the frequency with which you're discussing the election with friends, family members or coworkers," advises the APA. If you are going to engage in debate, here are some tips on how to make it productive.

3. Channel your stress.

Just like all pointless complaining, "stress and anxiety about what might happen is not productive," the APA points out. Instead, "channel your concerns to make a positive difference on issues you care about. Consider volunteering in your community, advocating for an issue you support or joining a local group."

4. Don't be apocalyptic.

"Whatever happens on Nov. 8, life will go on. Our political system and the three branches of government mean that we can expect a significant degree of stability immediately after a major transition of government. Avoid catastrophizing, and maintain a balanced perspective," plead psychologists.

5. Vote.

This one is a no brainer for so many reasons. "In a democracy, a citizen's voice does matter. By voting, you will hopefully feel you are taking a proactive step and participating in what for many has been a stressful election cycle," concludes the APA. If you're not yet registered, in many states you still have time, but get on it!

On a scale of one to ten, how would you rate your stress levels over the election? What are you doing to cope?