November marks another month of elevated stress, anxiety, depressed mood, and negativity among American workers. And this month’s Mental Health Index shows that women are finding it difficult to cope with the weight of the pandemic. In fact, they may be turning to substances in an attempt to cope. Between the start of September and November, women’s risk of addiction increased 65%. Depressed mood continues to be elevated in women—it is now 40% higher than before COVID-19. Also, women’s risk of sleep apnea is up 126% vs. February. The result? Physical and mental exhaustion. As these factors combine, it is creating an unhealthy scenario for women as they try to deal with stress, anxiety, and negative feelings brought on by the pandemic.
Men continue to battle mental health issues as well. Making it particularly difficult is the fact that men’s resilience has decreased.
There is some indication that mental capacities may begin to show improvement now that the November elections have passed.
Because stress, anxiety, depressed mood, and negativity have been elevated, concerns are high that working Americans may find the strain of the always taxing holiday season harder to cope with this year.
In all cases, businesses will see their workers continue to be impacted by COVID-induced stress, anxiety, feelings of depression and negativity in the final month of 2020.
Recent wave puts stress up since August, overall 16% increase in stress since February.
Conscious negativity is up since February, with a 6% increase just since August.
Increase in men’s anxiety since early September, peaked in early November.
Stress increased among working men from the start of August to the start of November.
Depressed mood has risen among women since February.
Increase in women’s addiction risk from start of September to end of November.