Are you still experiencing bouts of stress, sadness, anger, and sometimes unexplained pain for more than two years in the pandemic? You are definitely not alone.
All of these sentiments reached new highs around the world last year and into early 2022, according to the latest Global Sentiment ReportGallup’s annual measure of our well-being.
The report, which covered 127,000 adults in 122 countries and territories around the world, said this current sprawl has replaced 2020 as the most stressful period in modern history. About 42% of respondents said they experience significantly more anxiety, a 2% increase from 2020, and stress (41%) on a daily basis, also up from 2020.
The Gallup report, released on Tuesday, came about two weeks later Software giant Oracle has released a happiness report Which concluded that nearly half of people worldwide are still unhappy more than two years after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Why are we so nervous?
The rise of global unhappiness focuses on three main issues: the lack of well-being at work, the loneliness caused by the coronavirus, and global hunger.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres wrote in USA TODAY in April that Russia’s war on Ukraine “could throw up to 1.7 billion people – more than a fifth of humanity – into poverty, destitution and hunger on a scale not seen in decades.”
“The crisis in Ukraine is exacerbating things around the world, no doubt,” he said. John, CEO of Gallup Clifton, who also stated that inflation will likely find its way into the next poll. “We will see the (inflation) problem arise sooner rather than later.”
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How does Covid affect mental and physical health?
A Gallup report said that just over three in 10 people surveyed experienced severe physical pain (31%), more than one in four experienced sadness (28%), and a slightly smaller number had experienced some form of anger (23 %).
The report stated that “the second year of the epidemic was more difficult for the world than the first year,” despite the availability of different vaccines to combat Covid globally.
Many of those surveyed said they felt less comfortable and even less enjoyed.
Globally, about 330 million adults, Gallup said, go at least two weeks without speaking to a single friend or family member and that one in five say they don’t have a good friend they can trust.
We are “fighting a silent pandemic, loneliness,” Clifton said.
What are the most tense countries?
Afghanistan is the most stressed country with a negative score of 32, which is the lowest since Gallup’s Emotions Report began the survey 16 years ago. Afghanistan has maintained that position with great consistency since 2017.
Comparatively, Panama is the least stressed country with a positive index of 85.
What is the position of the United States? It was ranked 46th out of 122 countries in terms of negative feelings. It was once ranked 20th in 2006.
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