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NEW YORK — COVID quarantine may be over, but the loneliness is still there for many. Over half of Americans feel alone when it comes to their mental health.

A new survey of 2,000 Americans analyzed the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their mental health and found that despite policy changes like mask mandates slowly lifting throughout the country, 56 percent feel alone and struggle to share their struggles with friends and family.

Fifty-seven percent of those surveyed pointed to being less social as the top negative impact on their mental health.

Sleep, stress, and burnout

Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Cove by Feelmore Labs, the survey found 63 percent of respondents feel their stress levels are currently at an all-time high due to the pandemic. Just over two in five respondents say poor sleep quality and an inconsistent sleep schedule are the top things they experience when they’re feeling stressed – with seven in 10 agreeing their stress levels would decrease if they were able to sleep better.

Others experience an inability to focus (34%) and physical exhaustion (34%). Three in 10 respondents struggle to keep a healthy work/life balance and 26 percent say their stress negatively impacts their sex life.

Mental Health Pandemic

With all of this in mind, 55 percent of respondents agree they’re more burned out now than before the pandemic started. Two out of three of those experiencing burnout say they’re so stressed and burned out that they struggle to focus. In fact, 64 percent feel like nothing can really help them reduce their stress and 58 percent think the healthy coping mechanisms they’ve picked up take too much time out of their day.

“The pandemic caused a nearly nonexistent separation between our work and home life, so it’s no wonder over half of Americans are experiencing higher levels of burnout,” says Francois Kress, Co-Founder and CEO of Feelmore Labs, in a statement. “With our to-do lists growing by the minute, it’s increasingly easier for us to justify neglecting our emotional, physical and mental health. But we need sleep – it’s the foundation for resiliency and focus, and healthy sleep is inextricably tied to our stress levels and overall wellbeing. It’s imperative to make it a priority.”

Most Americans are giving therapy a try

Some of the top things respondents do to calm down and de-stress include listening to music (40%), watching TV (35%), and exercise (31%). A quarter of those polled meditate and read, whereas others prefer to clean (21%) or cook (20%) to make themselves feel better.

Despite having some healthy coping mechanisms on deck to combat stress, 58 percent often fall into unhealthy habits because they’re easier to do than their healthier options. Two in five fall into poor sleeping and eating habits when stressed, while other engage in a little too much “retail therapy” (37%).

One in three admit they’re guilty of canceling plans with friends and family as a way to cope. Despite their current struggles with their mental health, 58 percent of respondents are more comfortable talking about this than they were before the pandemic. In fact – 63 percent have started some form of therapy during this time.

“Sixty-nine percent of people said a goal of theirs for this year is to find more efficient / effective ways to manage their stress and anxiety,” Kress says. “The first step is talking about it and asking for help. This is actually a manageable goal, and people are clearly not as alone as they think in what they are feeling right now. There are many resources that exist to help, in a healthy way.”

About Chris Melore

Chris Melore has been a writer, researcher, editor, and producer in the New York-area since 2006. He won a local Emmy award for his work in sports television in 2011.

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  1. daveca says:

    …about a largely manufactured crisis.

    This is what happens when peopke fall for the Radical Left idealigies of Group Think and ” think globally, act locally.”

    This subversive idealogy is mentally unstable. It is not about thinking, its about becoming a programmed, manipulated cog in a Groupthink machine.

    Those of us who turned a deaf ear to the Leftist Medias Covid Circus are doing just fine.

    1. Ms. Rowena says:


  2. Nicolas P Cignetti says:

    And you wonder why drugs are in high demand??????? It’s called B following A!!!!!!

  3. joe says:

    Glad i don’t fit the statistical model for once in my life…..

  4. Brad says:

    The stress is the result of the governors in so many states ordering drastic restrictions forcing many to loose their jobs or fear going to work resulting in financial stress. Being told that even being outdoors alone was dangerous. Remember the scene where one person out jogging on a deserted beach being chased by the police? The response was way too political starting with attacking Trump for everything he did!

  5. PJ says:

    Hmmm, people are feeling more stressed than ever before after 2 years of a manipulated pandemic to begin the culling process for millions if not billions of human beings on the planet Earth. Now, a supposed war is responsible for fuel costs rising, food shortages due to lack of grains leaving Ukraine, fertilizer not being available to farmers, farmers being offered 150% price to plow under their crops, and the US Govt wanting to turn much of the land needed for food farming into a preserve since humans do not know how to manage this planets resources.

    Now, H151 Bird Flu is the REAL pandemic the ex CDC director says, not Covid.

    Oh yeah, and the majority of people who’ve been vaccinated (Moderna says) will most likely need a fourth shot to fight HIV.

    My prayer is the same everyday… PEOPLE, globally, all of the PEOPLE, wake up and realize you have the power to change this and create the world we all dream of, yet, somehow THEY have convinced us they know better and will make the rules for the rest of us.

    You know, once Tesla passed away the FBI confiscated ALL of his papers and affects within days of his last breath and the reason was to prevent anyone other than the US Govt and Shadow rulers knowing the power of the planet and the Universe that exists around us at all times, to provide free energy for every person on the planet. FREE ENERGY for all, but if you own US OIL (JD Rockefeller) you will NEVER let this get out.

    This is a small fraction of what Tesla gave us, but $$$ and the ones who own most of it are our rulers.

    Look in the mirror if you want to see who can help save us all!

    1. dr evil says:

      i’m the mastermind behind the covid “fakedemic”. i’m also the mastermind behind the gender dysmorphia. now the only way i’ll stop is if you pay me ONE MILLION DOLLARS !

  6. PJ says:

    * H5N1

  7. Vox Veritatis says:

    How could stress levels not be up? The racist Biden Administration destroys everything they touch.

    Biden on Obama: “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”

    Obama on Biden: “Never underestimate Joe’s ability to @%&# things up.”

  8. DPJ says:

    If you live your life sitting in front of the TV watching the news about covid, Russia, Trump, etc., etc., etc., yeah, you’re going to become depressed. Stop already! Don’t take everything as gospel truth you see on social media! Get out of your house and live your life. Sad so many people lived in fear over the past two years b/c they believed everything they were told on the news.

  9. orlen says:

    And for many such as myself, the stress is being forced back into the office and strapping back into a desk chair that suck our souls away….

    We can only pray for another wave.