DO YOU KNOW THE REAL WEIGHT OF THE PANDEMIC ON YOUR BODY?
It’s no secret that the pandemic has wreaked havoc on our mental and physical health. The results of the American Psychological Association’s survey on American pandemic stress levels in 2020 and physical health outcomes is out. Some of the highlights include:
Nearly half of respondents had increased stress in 2020
Over 40% gained weight
Nearly 25% drank more alcohol
Nearly 66% had significantly altered sleep patterns
1 out of 3 respondents reported anxiety or depression
12% considered suicide in the past 30 days
Clearly, pandemic stress has had grave consequences on American health. This could lead to an increase in more lingering health problems like hypertension and diabetes.
Humans are meant to be active and our overall immunity is improved when we prioritize exercise, not to mention stress and anxiety are reduced.