This election season has been stressful.
In fact, I actually skipped watching Trump and Clinton in the first debate, because I just didn't have the emotional bandwidth to bear witness that day.
For the second presidential debate, I wanted to face my fears. And I also wanted to see if the stress I've been feeling this election season is borne out physiologically.
So, I watched the debate wearing a Fitbit Charge HR and a Withings blood pressure monitor.
Of course I know from experience that when I'm super anxious (or scared), I feel my heart start to race.
Armed with the knowledge that I might experience several fight-or-flight moments over the course of the next hour and a half, I tucked into the debate.
I took my readings before and after the debate, plus seven more times over the course of the 90 minutes.