September 5, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has put increased stress on many people and their families, leading to fear and anxiety about the new disease and what could happen as a result. If you are feeling increased stress and anxiety, you are not alone.
A recent poll found 53% of adults in the U.S. reported their mental health has been negatively impacted as a result of worry and stress caused by the pandemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), public health directives like social distancing can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness, increasing stress and anxiety. While COVID-19-related health guidelines, such as social distancing, are keeping families safe and decreasing the spread of the virus, people’s mental health is taking a hit.
Due to the pandemic, you may have experienced the following symptoms associated with mental health:
Even if you have not experienced these symptoms as a result of the pandemic, it’s important to check in with yourself and others regarding stress levels, anxiety and depression. If you or a loved one are experiencing these symptoms, here are ways you can help manage your stress and anxiety.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the stress, isolation and anxiety will continue as well. However, there are still many ways you can help ease their impact on your mental health. Take an honest look at how you are feeling. If the stress and anxiety become too overwhelming, reach out for help and contact your health care provider or local NP.