For many, sun, sand, and sea breezes are the antidote to stress and anxiety. Recent findings from the Q2 2022 Mental Health Index: U.S. Worker Edition support the notion that summertime fun is good for your mental health. From February – May 2022, stress levels went up 12%, risk of general anxiety rose 23%, and risk of PTSD jumped 53% amid growing inflation, a declining stock market, a seemingly unending war in Ukraine and the emergence of the stealth BA.2 omicron variant.
Yet, despite ongoing health, economic and social chaos, June data shows a markedly different story. In June, stress levels dropped 15%; risk of general anxiety fell 23%; and risk of PTSD dropped 31%. Further, March – May 2022 saw a 42% increase in risk of social anxiety and a subsequent 22% drop in June.
Greater risk of PTSD in June 2022 vs. pre-pandemic
Drop in risk of General Anxiety Disorder through June, back to pre-pandemic level
Drop in stress through June, now 10% lower than pre-pandemic