“2020: The Pandemic Year”, called due to the spread of the novel coronavirus, has changed the way we live our daily lives. Not only a transition is seen in the lifestyle of people, but there has also been a huge impact on the mental and emotional health of humans that is witnessed in almost every American.
Business loss, family loss, disease fear, food scarcity, layoffs, rumors, and conspiracy theories have led to the scarcity of hearing any good news from any corner of the world.
America has experienced a lot of misery since the gloomy days began where Coronavirus led to huge emotional crashes among the citizens. Besides the medical difficulties witnessed by the masses, the virus also escalated enormous emotional complications generated in the population due to quarantine.
During the quarantine period, the most common emotional responses seen were fear, anxiety and sadness, coupled with difficulties in falling asleep and the reasons accounting for the severity of these emotional responses proportionate to several different factors, as believed by the experts.
Fed up with the existing environment, a study reports that almost seven in ten U.S. adults say that they need a break from COVID-19 news because:
- They feel worse emotionally and
- They find it difficult to filter truth and lies
This clearly shows the state of emotions in America has been long experiencing more negative feelings built up by different circumstances created by the people for their own people.
Emotions and America: How they Entangle Presently?
Emotions, indeed, are universal constructs and are highly influenced by the surroundings and the environment we live in.
And, today if we give a close view at the emotional state of America, sadly, one can say that people are frustrated, there are humans fighting against humans, people feel unprotected and unhappy and the worst part is, no one is there to listen to the voice of the sufferers. No One is truly listening and yet everyone is talking or should I say shouting.
This is what concerns SOE (State of Emotions) as we believe that ‘feeling and expressing is a part of the existence of all the living beings that hold a place in America.
Whether it’s the terror of the coronavirus spread or it’s the fear of being Black, or it’s the unease of the status of your job, there prevails an imbalanced equation of emotional strength when equated to the wellbeing of individuals in America.
The virus outbreak led to raising questions on the social and psychological level of each state which endanger the emotional stability of masses, groups, and societies.
With the increase in the job losses, Americans worry about their present and the future and have concerns about severance, insurance continuation, benefits entitlements, and more.
After the incident of George Lloyd’s brutal death, race equality and phsyicalsafety have become the top issues and are high on everyone’s list. The nation’s leaders are asked frequently, how to develop a psychologically safe environment for both the all Americans, especially Black Americans.
Loss of Trust among the Citizens
The level of social trust shown by Americans is directly proportional to the emotions they are experiencing during these tough times. A survey conducted to know the intent of people spotlights Emotions in America and reports the following:
- One-third of the Americans are low trusting individuals, they believe that people can’t be trusted for they may try to take advantage and would just look out for themselves.
- While 32% of people are registered as medium trusting individuals, and gave mixed answers to the questionnaire with one trusting answer and another non-trusting answer out of the three questions.
- 29% of the Americans are tagged as high trusting individuals as they believe people can be trusted and they would try to be fair with individuals and would give them a helping hand wherever possible.
The three different classified traits shown by the masses conclude that the less the interpersonal trust people showcase, the more frequently they experience bouts of depression, anxiety and loneliness.
Here is the need for Americans to understand and emphasize on the ideology of ‘Empathy’.
Defined simply, Empathy is the ability to feel what the other person is feeling and infect ourselves with what the other feels. We must be able to build connections with others, feel the pain, the rage, and the helplessness that people today are experiencing in this unprecedented time.
SOE (State of Emotions) says that “Let Your Voices Be Heard and Your Hearts Be Felt”. We want to hear more from you to make a difference in your life.
Emotional Outbreak Impacted People’s Psychological Well Being
Emotional strength directly affects the overall health and wellness of an individual. The unforeseen situation has proved very stressful for people where stress, anxiety, and fear about the virus is overwhelming and has caused strong emotional disbalance in adults, children, and every other person of no restricted age.
Spending time in quarantine and social distancing, a health action undertaken in the public interest, has made people feel isolated and lonely which resulted in an upsurge in the stress and anxiety levels in individuals.
- One-third of Americans say that the pandemic has had a major serious impact on their mental and emotional well-being.
- Four in ten Americans have a deep fear of getting seriously ill or dying from the deadly coronavirus.
- 31% of Americans reported sleeplessness due to coronavirus-related anxiety
- Emotions in America are notably influenced by social isolation and disruption of routine which triggered depression and agitation.
- Struggling through the tumultuous times of the pandemic children have reported feeling more stressed and scared with the stigma associated with the illness.
- Young adults, however, showed an increased percentage of happiness from March (67%) to April (72%) 2020 and reduced percentage of boredom from 46% in March to 41% in April.
As we can see there is a need for peace and to be hopeful so we can climb out the mountain of despair. We need to renew ourselves to be able to generate strength and overcome all the bad thoughts, stress and tensions.
SOE (State of Emotions) believes in ‘Transforming America One Heart at a Time’. They support Americans Emotional Wellbeing and Success.
Job Loss is Despair for Americans
We all are well known to the fact that millions of people were laid off because of COVID-19.
With the many dark days ahead, many found themselves without work – either were outright fired, asked to take prolonged unpaid leaves or were straight away laid off from their job.
The Labor Department reports that 9.95 million people filed for unemployment benefits which exceeded the quadruple previous record where the number is expected to rise up and running looking at the unstable economic status.
The numbers of concern are not just those of the coronavirus. There are other numbers that have skyrocketed, unleashing fear, worry, anger, and stress; which are counted as the significant side effects generated by the deadly virus.
The multiplying dramatic figures of financial loss, housing, or job-related hardships have left people more vulnerable to an imbalanced life. Economists are worried about the long-term effects that will be seen on unemployed Americans’ emotional states which will further highlight the cracks in the nation’s safety net and healthcare systems.
Psychologists have deduced a logical conclusion over this which is notable,
“Losing a job often equates to the grief of losing a loved one which might have undesirable implications that may last long”
A Move to Gain Peace of Mind
Regain Confidence that everything will be Fine
Let’s review the history. We fall into phrases like “this has never happened before” and the truth is that it has happened and we have come out ahead. It is important to understand that all crises are temporary and that for every problem there are one or more solutions.
Let’s trust our talents as a society and as humanity.
Resilience before the Adversities of Life
Resilience is a competence that must be worked on and developed, it is not something that occurs automatically. One has to become aware of it.
Resilience is the ability to recover from adversity. The first thing to keep in mind is that it is a competence that can be learned. Subsequently, we must, precisely, begin to develop the strength of character to know that if things are bad outside, we should order what is inside; that is to say, let’s review ourselves as people, our emotional state, our paradigms, since all this will give us peace of mind and will help to stable us mentally, physically and holistically. Also, it is important to avoid listening to all the pessimistic rumors and it’s suggested to put a filter on them.
Let’s not forget that everything that happens around us comes loaded with great learning. I believe that the world is not the same after this emergency that we are currently experiencing. The world will grow from this bitter and uncomfortable experience that we are all suffering.
We are resilient when we realize, also, what are all the benefits of having faced a situation as complicated as this. Every time a calamity occurs, the world grows and makes us jump to another step in the development of humanity by giving us strength and power to overcome our state of emotions in America.
From now on I think that a more refined and slightly more conscious world awaits us.
Self-Conscious Emotions: Guilt, Shame and Pride
In recent years, emotions have assumed a certain role. They are no longer the forgotten ones, quite the contrary. However, we still have a lot to discover about them.
While it is true that, today, there are many studies on basic emotions and emotional intelligence, the same does not happen with those with greater variability and complexity, as is the case with self-conscious emotions in America.
In spite of everything, interest in this type of emotion has gradually increased and there are already theoretical models about them. Thus, according to the various studies carried out, self-conscious emotions share a number of important characteristics:
- They are secondary emotions. This means that they arise from the transformation of other, more basic emotions.
- They are complex emotions. It is necessary to have the previous development of certain cognitive skills, such as a notion of the self or self-awareness, that is, it is necessary that there is a difference between the self and the others.
- They are social emotions. They appear in interpersonal contexts.
- They are moral emotions. This type of emotion is the result of the internalization of values, norms, and cultural criteria from which it is established what is correct and what is not at the behavioral level. In addition, they are fundamental as motivating and controlling elements of moral behavior along with empathy.
As we have seen, if something differentiates emotions in America, it is the process of development that characterizes them, related to the evaluation of the self. This is something we can see in our daily lives and we are experiencing them first hand in 2020.
The emotional universe is passionate, but it is still complicated and, at times, mysterious, due to the fact that it is influenced by a large number of variables and aspects.
So be Brave, be Bold and Voice your feelings.