We are getting close to being one year into the coronavirus pandemic, and instead of things getting easier as people have adjusted, a new survey out yesterday (February 2nd) found that Americans are the most stressed out now that they’ve been since the pandemic began. But it’s not all about the pandemic, with people feeling stressed about things like political unrest and economic uncertainty too. In the Harris Poll for the American Psychological Association (APA), respondents reported the highest average levels of stress since last April, when Covid-19 cases and deaths first started rising, with 84 percent reporting feeling at least one emotion tied to prolonged stress in the last two weeks.
The largest stress trigger was the future of America, named by 81 percent, followed right behind by the pandemic at 80 percent, and political unrest across the nation at 74 percent. Two-thirds, or 66 percent, named the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol as a “significant source of stress,” even though the survey was taken nearly three weeks after it happened. The APA offered some advice to help manage stress, including taking a break from the news and social media, staying connected with friends and family, and taking 15- or 30-minute self-care breaks throughout the day, such as taking a short walk, calling a friend or watching a funny show. (Yahoo News)