Stay at home orders, climbing infection rates, and general uncertainty are fueling stress and anxiety among people around the world. As employees transition to working remotely or unemployment, stress and anxiety continue to play a role in everyone’s day to day activities.
Without a national crisis, stress is a concern for employers. The American Institute of Stress reports that 83% of workers report suffering from work-related stress. Additionally, U.S. businesses are losing up to $300 billion a year as a result of workplace stress.
Anxiety is the most common mental illness in the United States, impacting 40 million adults annually.* Anxiety may show up as changes in sleep or eating patterns, difficulty concentrating or sleeping, increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs, and worsening of chronic health problems.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer tips on how to manage anxiety during this and other crises.
- Unplug. Take breaks from the news, including social media. Hearing about a pandemic or other emergency situation repeatedly can be upsetting.
- Unwind. Rediscover activities you enjoy and do them regularly.
- Take care of your body. Incorporate stretching, deep breathing, or meditation into your new daily routine. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, and get plenty of sleep while avoiding drugs and alcohol.
- Connect with others. Find new ways - or rediscover old ways - of connecting wtih those you care about. Write a letter, video chat, or host an online get together with people you trust. Share your concerns and feelings with people who understand you and support each other during this difficult time.
Fear and anxiety for many people can be overwhelming now and cause strong emotional reactions. Effective coping mechanisms will help you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.