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With lockdown measures beginning to ease, new research, shows that nearly 9 in 10 people are feeling productive (89%) and 88% are feeling optimistic about the future.

This is despite over two-thirds (67%) of UK adults experiencing severe anxiety since the start of the pandemic (with 18-35 year-olds experiencing greater anxiety than over 55s (79% vs. 57%). The research from Synctuition, the mindfulness and relaxation app polled 2,002 adults aged 18+ from across the country, with Synctuition offering the app for free worldwide this summer.

Today’s report offers a window into the concerns people are feeling. 3 out of 5 UK adults (59%) are most concerned about their friends and family and more people are more concerned about the economy (45%) than their own personal health (40%). 3 in 10 (30%) cite concern for the Government to be able to get us through this. This is felt more strongly by older respondents (aged 55+) where 39% said this, compared to only 22% of those aged 18-34.

With a responsibility for us all to support those in need, today’s research also paints a poor picture for employers. Only 2 in 5 workers (39%) feel supported by their employer with younger workers struggling more with isolation than their older counterparts. Nearly a third (32%) cited isolation as one of the most stressful parts of working remotely, compared to 14% of those aged 55+. 17% say their employer is more concerned about their bottom line than their employees’ wellbeing, 15% say their employer is making more demands on employees and 11% think their employer has treated their employees poorly.

When it comes to how employers could be doing more to support their employees’ mental well-being at work, over a quarter (27%) want more communication with their teammates and a quarter (25%) would like access to well-being solutions like meditation apps. London and the East Midlands are the most eager for access to well-being solutions with nearly 2 in 5 (both 38%) citing this option.

Interestingly demand for wellbeing solutions such as meditation apps outstripped demand for access to financial advice (16%) and this is despite a third (36%) of workers being fearful that they will lose their jobs.

Other important findings from the research include:

  • Significantly more people in London are worried about unemployment due to the pandemic than the rest of the country (45% of people in London are worried about unemployment).
  • Just under a third (31%) are concerned about their mental health or their family’s mental health, with this being a greater concern for women (34%) than for men (29%).
  • People in the East Midlands are most-likely to have experienced anxiety in the whole of the UK (73% in East Midlands vs. 65% in London).
  • Feeling productive (89%) and feeling optimistic about the future (88%) are the two emotions that have been felt the most during the pandemic.
  • According to the research, the most common way people are dealing with anxiety and stress caused by the pandemic is watching television (52%), followed by cooking and eating (35%), and meditation/exercise (32%).

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