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Americans feeling more stress in 2021 than 2020

According to The Harris Poll that surveyed over 2,000 Americans towards the end of January, people state they are feeling more stress in 2021 than they did in the midst of the COVID pandemic last year. Politics is listed as the primary reason for the additional stress.

Study Finds explains:

When it comes to stress, Americans are averaging a 5.6 out of 10 (with one indicating little to no stress and 10 meaning super stressed). Almost unbelievably, that 5.6 score is higher than any average stress level from prior surveys dating back to April 2020. In other words, Americans are feeling more stressed right now than at any time since COVID-19 began.

Over just the past two weeks, 84 percent of Americans admit to feeling at least one negative emotion linked to prolonged stress. Examples include anxiety (47%), sadness (43%), and anger (39%). […]

Most say the general future of the nation (81%) is their biggest stressor. Many others still list the COVID-19 pandemic (80%) or the current combative state of U.S. politics (79%).

READ: Americans’ stress reaches highest levels since start of COVID-19, many blame politics

According to the Mayo Clinic stress can have a profound effect on your health that can result in heart disease, obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure.

In the chart below, the Mayo Clinic provides some of the common symptoms of stress:

On your bodyOn your moodOn your behavior
HeadacheAnxietyOvereating or undereating
Muscle tension or painRestlessnessAngry outbursts
Chest painLack of motivation or focusDrug or alcohol misuse
FatigueFeeling overwhelmedTobacco use
Change in sex driveIrritability or angerSocial withdrawal
Stomach upsetSadness or depressionExercising less often
Sleep problems
Source: The Mayo Clinic

READ: Stress symptoms: Effects on your body and behavior

The continued lockdowns are also having a serious impact on mental health with the second lockdowns have a bigger impact on men than women. READCOVID’s second wave has hit men the hardest psychologically, mental health study says

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