24-Hour Crisis Hotline: (877)SAFEGBC or (877)723-3422 Mental Health & Substance Abuse Issues

6502 Nursery Drive, Suite 100
Victoria, TX 77904
(361)575-0611
Fax: (361)578-5500
Regular Hours: M-Fri 8am - 5pm
Every 3rd Thurs of the Month - Extended Hours Until 7 pm

Wellness and Personal Development
Resources
Basic InformationLatest News
Even a Little Light in Your Bedroom Could Harm HealthWant Respect at Work? Ditch the EmojisAs Clocks Spring Forward, Keep Sleep on TrackSleep Experts Call for End to Twice-a-Year Time ChangesHigh Anxiety: Poll Finds Americans Stressed by Inflation, WarYour Houseplants May Help You Breathe EasierAHA News: Ready to 'Spring Forward'? Ease Into the Time Change With These 9 Health TipsSome Americans Gained Better Habits During Pandemic, Poll FindsStressed Out by Ukraine News? Experts Offer Coping TipsBegin Now to Protect Your Heart as Clocks 'Spring Forward'AHA News: Break Up Binge-Watching by Taking a StandApps: They Help Manage Health Conditions, But Few Use Them, Poll FindsLifestyle Factors Key to Keeping Good Vision With AgeExercise Helps You Sleep, But Which Workout Is Best?Fitbit Recalls Over 1 Million Smartwatches Due to Burn HazardAHA News: Understanding 'Black Fatigue' – And How to Overcome ItPandemic Didn't Dent Americans' Optimism, Polls FindHuman Brain Doesn't Slow Down Until After 60AHA News: Does Kindness Equal Happiness and Health?Apps Can Help Keep Older Folks Healthy — But Most Don't Use ThemAHA News: Want a Healthier Valentine's Day? More Hugs and KissesStudy Hints That Cutting Daily Calories Could Extend Healthy Life SpanHow Healthy Is Your State? New Federal Data Ranks EachMidwinter Blues Could Be SAD: An Expert Guide to TreatmentsSpice Up Your Meal to Avoid More SaltSearching for Good Sleep? Here's What You're Doing Right - and WrongPandemic Worsening Americans' Already Terrible Sleep, Poll Finds​AHA News: Fine-Tune Your Health With These 5 Music IdeasMelatonin's Popularity Rises, Along With Hidden DangersAHA News: Healthy Living Could Offset Genetics and Add Years Free of Heart DiseaseCould Everyday Plastics Help Make You Fat?Take These Winter Workout Tips to HeartStay Safe When Winter Storms Cut Your PowerAHA News: Sound the Fiber Alarm! Most of Us Need More of It in Our DietExtra 10 Minutes of Daily Activity Could Save 110,000 U.S. Lives AnnuallyWinter Blues? It Could Be SADOrdering Groceries Online? Good Luck Finding Nutrition InfoBinge-Watching Could Raise Your Blood Clot RiskDon't Snow Shovel Your Way to a Heart AttackCelebrities' Social Media Promotes Junk Food, Often for FreeWill Reading Books Make You Any Happier?Zoom Meeting Anxiety Doesn't Strike EveryoneDid Adding Calorie Counts to Restaurant Menus Make Meals Healthier?AHA News: Here's to a Fresh Start With Whatever You Do in '22Do You Have 'COVID-somnia'? These Sleep Tips Might HelpMake 2022 Your Year for a Free Memory ScreeningNew Year's Resolution? Here's How to Make it Stick12 Steps to the Best Holiday Gift: HealthAmericans Turning to Trendy Diets to Shed Pandemic PoundsAHA News: Can the Cold Really Make You Sick?
Links
Related Topics

Anger Management
Stress Reduction and Management

Pandemic Uncertainty Keeping Americans in Limbo: Poll

HealthDay News
by Robert Preidt
Updated: Oct 26th 2021

new article illustration

TUESDAY, Oct. 26, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- One-third of Americans are struggling to make basic decisions due to ongoing stress about the pandemic, and younger adults and parents are having the most difficulty of all, a new survey reveals.

"The pandemic has imposed a regimen of constant risk assessment upon many. Each day brings an onslaught of choices with an ever-changing context, as routines are upended and once-trivial daily tasks are recast in the light of pandemic life," said Arthur Evans Jr., chief executive officer of the American Psychological Association (APA), which conducted the survey.

Overall, 32% of the more than 3,000 adult respondents said they had difficulty with even basic decisions, such as deciding what to eat or what to wear, but rates were highest among millennials (48%), followed by Gen Z adults (37%), Gen Xers (32%), boomers (14%) and older adults (3%).

The rate was higher among parents (47%) than non-parents (24%).

Nearly two-thirds (63%) of respondents said they're stressed by uncertainty about what the next few months will bring, and 49% said the pandemic makes planning for their future feel impossible.

More than one-third said the pandemic has made it more stressful to make both day-to-day decisions (36%) and major life decisions (35%).

Rates were highest among younger adults for daily decisions -- 40% of Gen Z adults, 46% of millennials and 39% of Gen Xers vs. 24% of boomers and 14% of older adults. It was also higher for major decisions -- 50% of Gen Z adults and 45% of millennials vs. 33% of Gen Xers, 24% of boomers and 6% of older adults.

Parents were more likely to say that day-to-day and major life decisions were more stressful -- 47% vs. 30% for non-parents, and 44% vs. 31%, respectively -- and 54% of those with children ages 4 and younger said day-to-day decisions have become more stressful.

Hispanic adults were more likely than white adults to say the pandemic has made decision-making more stressful (day-to-day decisions: 44% vs. 34%; major decisions: 40% vs. 32%).

"Sustaining a heightened degree of vigilance inevitably wears on one's mental health," Evans explained in an APA news release. "And operating amid so much uncertainty compounds the general state of mental exhaustion being felt by so many right now, especially young adults and parents."

More than 3 in 5 adults (61%) said the pandemic has made them rethink how they were living their life, and more than 2 in 5 (44%) made a major life decision during the coronavirus pandemic. The poll included adults 18 and older and was conducted between Aug. 11 and Aug. 23, 2021.

The survey did find that most (70%) respondents were confident that everything will work out after the pandemic ends, and 57% agreed they tend to bounce back quickly after hard times.

"Americans' optimism about the future is encouraging, but we have real mental health effects emerging from this period of prolonged stress that we have to address now," Evans said. "It is urgent that as a nation we prioritize the mental health of all Americans and provide a universally accessible system of supports."

More information

The U.S. National Institutes of Health offers advice on coping with the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic.

SOURCE: American Psychological Association, news release, Oct. 26, 2021