“The combination of deteriorating mental health and ongoing financial troubles at the household level creates a portrait of how the nation is faring through the crisis.”
As Canadians trying to stay physically fit during the COVID-19 pandemic, many of them are afraid of what the future holds.

Given the state of health of an unprecedented crisis, many people feel anxious and stressed and may not know how to manage their emotions. Moreover, a new study finding that half of Canada reported a worsening of their mental health.

Conducted by Angus Reid Institute, a research organization of public opinion is a not-for-profit based in Vancouver, reports the study, “The combination of deteriorating mental health and financial problems were ongoing at the household level creates a portrait of how the nation faring through the crisis.”

Of those who reported their mental health has deteriorated, one in ten respondents stated that their mental health has deteriorated “a lot.” In addition, two-in-five (42%) say that their physical health has been reduced due to inactivity.

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The study also found that Canadians are most likely to report feeling: worried (44%), anxiety (41%), boredom (30%), and be grateful (34%). With this in mind, women are more likely to report feelings of worry and anxiety than men, but they are also more likely to report feeling grateful. Men, on the other hand, are more likely to report feeling optimistic. The highest number of affected individuals is aged women 18-54, who notes that studies consistently found to be more concerned for the children and parents, and can suffer increased stress.

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According to the Angus Reid Impact Index, Canada falls into four main categories: those who are mentally and financially Manage Well, they are mentally Fighting or Struggling financially, and they were Hit Hardest, feel the effects of these two factors worse than others.

The study findings were a quarter (24%) of the hardest hit is said that their relationship at home has been suffering since the outbreak began COVID-19, compared to only six percent of those in the group Managing Nah. Respondents said that the relationship with people outside their homes have taken a turn for the worst, with one-in-three reporting that this relationship has deteriorated. With this in mind, the majority of Canada reported that the increase in time with the people in their household did not appear to undermine this relationship.

Regionally, residents of Quebec are found most likely to Manage Well, while Albertans most likely to be one of the hardest hit. In terms of financial assistance from the government, “two-in-five (38%) of those who have applied say they rely on this program fully to get by. Another 35 percent said the program helps a lot.”

Regardless of whether they are struggling mentally or financially, Canada in all four categories Impact Index agree that it is too early to lift restrictions COVID-19 in their respective provinces.

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