As Social Distancing Continues, Americans Feeling Lonely, Anxious
Many Americans are feeling lonely, overwhelmed and anxious amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to Harris Poll findings released by the University of Phoenix.
An online survey of 1,055 U.S. adults conducted March 30 to 31, 2020, found that:
- 44 percent reported feeling lonelier than ever before
- 41 percent of respondents said their biggest concern was experiencing increased anxiety, while others said their greatest concerns were not being able to pay their bills, reduced job salary/work hours or losing their job/not being able to get a new job
- 68 percent reported feeling like everything is out of their control
- 56 percent feel they are balancing more now than ever
- Most respondents – 84 percent – said that their mental health will be impacted if social distancing continues longer than expected
Despite these findings, many respondents reported doing things to maintain connections and mental health, such as checking in with loved ones, increasing their exercise, limiting news consumption and performing acts of kindness.
"While many people are currently feeling anxiety, there can be several ways to maintain good mental health by making small behavior changes," Dean Aslinia, Ph.D., counseling department chair at University of Phoenix, said in a press release. "Instead of texting or emailing, make a phone call or use video chat to build a more meaningful connection. Build activity in your day by trying something new or setting a goal for yourself to start a new project. Remember, it is okay to seek professional help, if your negative feelings persist. Many mental health practitioners are offering virtual counseling sessions so you can have someone to talk to without leaving the house."