The COVID-19 pandemic, which has kept many of us at home the past nine months, has led to historically high stress levels among Americans.
The American Psychological Association (APA) says that, “the COVID-19 pandemic has altered every aspect of American life, from health and work to education and exercise. Over the long term, the negative mental health effects of the coronavirus will be serious and long-lasting.”
Stress levels are getting higher the longer the pandemic stretches on, with the APA reporting in November 2020 that “more than 3 in 4 Americans (76 percent) say the coronavirus pandemic is a significant source of stress in their lives. And over the past month, more than a third (37 percent) say the level of stress they feel about the coronavirus pandemic has increased.”