Women Cause a Bump in Resilience and Dip in Heightened Negativity
Recently, some interesting trends have emerged related to resilience. The Mental Health Index previously reported that resilience was down four percent. While it makes sense that resilience could decline further as the pandemic drags on, resilience is currently making an upward turn.
Among working women, resilience improved three percent from May to June, bumping up resilience by two percent overall. Resilience improved four percent among middle-aged workers in June. These groups may be adjusting better now to COVID-19 than they had been previously.
Besides showing more resilience, conscious negativity bias decreased among working women by 10 percent from May to June. Negativity had previously been rising more in women than in men, but that gap is closing. Still, both groups sit above the baseline for conscious negativity bias — meaning they lean more negative than positive.
To offset increased negativity, stress, and anxiety, many Americans are showing greater appreciation for social connections and the people in our lives. Social connectivity scores have increased by five percent overall.
If states and businesses are able to reopen successfully and enable more social interaction, mental health should improve. However, if one step forward turns into two steps back, and Americans are further isolated from family, friends, co-workers, and others in their lives, it may be detrimental to mental health. This is something to watch closely.