A Look at What Gives Americans Anxiety During COVID-19

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In recent months, the world around us has changed dramatically. The spread of COVID-19 and the surrounding changes in policy to cope with this societal threat has led to a major shift in public mood. Naturally, amongst all of this uncertainty, Americans are suffering from major anxiety; not only due to the existence of the coronavirus but also from the repercussions of the pandemic, the changes in policy, and the potential fallout from the economic downturn. 

At Spruce, a major part of our mission is to help those who suffer from anxiety cope with their stress levels to lead healthy, happy lives. We were curious as to how COVID-19 has changed the way people feel on a day-to-day basis. In order to find out, we decided to launch a survey. 

We asked people a variety of questions about their current state of mind, their pre-COVID state of mind, and how they are feeling about the situation today. Over 1,300 people responded to offer feedback and discuss their experience with the quarantine. We analyzed the responses and compiled the results below.

Average Change in Anxiety Level post COVID

We asked people to rate their day-to-day anxiety level before COVID-19 and after COVID-19 on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the highest. On average, Millennials had the highest post-COVID-19 anxiety level, having jumped from an average of 5 to 7 during the pandemic. Baby Boomers also jumped from 4 to 6 on the anxiety scale on average, while Gen X and Gen Z each gained one full ranking on the anxiety scale, going from 5 to 6. 

Biggest cause of COVID anxiety

Since, on the whole, everyone has more anxiety day-to-day during the pandemic than they did before, we wanted to know what aspect of it was causing the most anxiety for people. While the majority of people in every generation reported that their anxiety stemmed from the fear of their loved ones staying healthy, we also saw that in some generations, the major stressors were more mixed. 

Nearly 1 in 4 Millennials reported that the economic situation has caused them more stress than the fear of getting sick, and more than 15% of Gen Z said that the most anxiety they had came from being isolated from their family or friends. However, nearly 3 of 4 Baby Boomers and over half of Gen X respondents said that the health of their loved ones was the biggest source of stress in their lives.

Most Common Anxiety Source Before and After COVID-19

Before COVID-19, the most common source of anxiety came from people’s work or job. Politics, physical health, and family were some of the least common categories to be a main source of anxiety. However, as the pandemic has swept the nation, times have changed. While work is still the most common stressor, family, politics and news, and physical health are close behind. It’s clear that the quarantine and the threat of illness have dramatically changed people’s priorities. In addition, the political landscape has people worried about how the uncertain situation will be handled by elected officials.

Working from Home During COVID-19

The option of working from home used to be seen as a perk given to employees by forward-thinking companies. Today, however, everyone is tethered to their homes, and working from home is a necessity that allows people to continue to contribute to their companies while quarantined. According to our respondents, Millennials and Gen X are the most likely generation to be working from home and also most likely to have to go into their place of work. Baby Boomers and Gen X are the most likely to be unable to work in the current quarantine situation.

The coronavirus pandemic has led to an incredible amount of anxiety in everyone, far beyond those who have been diagnosed with anxiety disorders. At Spruce, we have made it our mission to provide those who struggle with anxiety with products that ease their symptoms and make their day-to-day lives bearable. Everything is uncertain right now, and coping with that uncertainty might be more difficult for some than others. That’s where our lab-grade CBD products come in. Designed to meet your needs and deliver results, our products are a perfect option for those who need a little extra help in these turbulent times. If you have any questions about how we can help, contact us here!