Pandemic negatively impacting mental and physical wellbeing of UK citizens

A Coronavirus report dedicated to physical and mental health collected between 9-14th April, amongst 3.7k UK and US consumers, found that the crisis is taking a toll on our mental wellbeing as well as our diet and fitness.

The data, taken from 18-64 year olds, highlights the different mental health concerns between UK and US consumers that have been heightened since lockdown – such as anxiety, loneliness and stress – and how they are safeguarding their wellbeing.

Key findings include:

The crisis is impacting consumers’ mental and physical wellbeing

  • 54% of UK consumers claim their mental health has worsenedduring the crisis. Two thirds who shared concerns about their diet and fitness also reported worsening mental health
  • Anxiety rises with age, most prevalent with 57-64 year olds(46%), with loneliness being a bigger issue right now during lockdown – nearly a third of consumers have expressed feelings

The lockdown has led to less healthy lifestyles

  • 30% of UKconsumers are exercising and eating healthy foods less than normal during the pandemic, with a quarter noticing a reduction in the hours of sleep they’re getting
  • The report also shows a direct link between mental health concerns and sleep patterns, with those worried about their mental health reporting the most reduction in their sleep as a result of the crisis(36% compared to 25% on average)

Talking to loved ones is the best mental health remedy

  • Looking for the support of friends and familyis reported as the top way consumers are looking after their mental health while at home
  • Taking up an activity and declutteringare other ways UK consumers are dealing with lockdown

 Consumers interested in Telehealth services to diagnose coronavirus

  • 34% of UK consumers would consider using this technology to be screened for the virus, but US consumers were more interested (57%)

Socio-economic inequalities are highlighted

  • Concerns of the impact of COVID-19 amongst higher and lower earners, when it comes to becoming ill (44% vs. 67%)and being able to afford expenses (16% vs. 31%), show through within this report.

Committed to help businesses stay ahead of what’s to come, GlobalWebIndex has set up a free COVID-19 Research Hub, into the international effects of COVID-19. Aggregating responses from 24,465 internet users aged 16-64 across all surveys conducted to date.


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