A recent study by Metlife found that the pandemic is having an adverse impact on people’s mental health, especially younger employees. The study found that Gen Z employees were three times more likely to seek professional help for mental health struggles during the pandemic than other age groups.
Causes For Increase In Stress And Anxiety
The study found that 4 in 10 Gen Z and 56% of Millennial workers who had increases in stress and anxiety sited reduced in-person contact with their families and friends as a major reason. 47% of Gen Z respondents cited not being able to connect with coworkers in person as a cause for the increased level of stress and anxiety.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, many people have been cautious about when and how often they see their loved ones. Striking a balance between a mentally healthy level of interaction and safety during the pandemic can be difficult. This challenge has taken a toll on the mental health of many working young adults.
Managing Mental Health During Pandemic
The CDC has a small list of ways to cope with increased stress and anxiety during the pandemic including taking breaks from watching news stories, taking care of your body through healthy diets and exercise, taking time to unwind, and connecting with others virtually. Another useful way to relieve stress is to get out into nature.
Others site stress management and wellness programs as ways to cope with the help of a mental health professional.
Stigma Around Getting Help
For years, there has been a pervasive stigma around mental illness and seeking help for mental health issues in general. Many people who could be greatly helped from seeking professional help do not simply because of the stigma around needing it. The study found that only 1 out of 12 people who had negative mental health effects from the pandemic sought help and many of those who did not get help cited the stigma around mental help as part of the reason. If you or someone you love needs mental health help during these difficult times, do not let this stop you from getting the help you need.
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