The stress of 2020 has weighed heavily on many. The stress of unemployment, working from home, online learning, and many other new hurdles have changed the lives of many Americans.

For those working from home one of the biggest complaints is the feelings of being trapped. For those still working in buildings the thought of contracting COVID and dealing with the new guidelines also offer stress. As of right now 2 in every 3 adults are reporting higher stress levels.

Feeling overworked can be a result of feeling stressed, or can be the cause of the stress. The ability to identify why one is stressed in 2020 is a bit difficult seeing as though many things are causing different people stress and anxiety.

For those working one problem seems to be a lack of goals, or a "finish line." It feels as though the second you may be reaching a goal a new problem comes up. This is nothing new in the workplace, but 2020 has led to a lack of communication. Not being able to ask questions, vent, or reach out just adds to the frustration. This happens not only in the workplace, but in colleges, other school programs, and even at home.

This lack of communication can lead to uncertainty for employees and students when they are trying to reach a goal they are already struggling with. The blame isn’t on those “in charge” either, seeing as though working in a pandemic is new for them too.

This pandemic has changed the way we live. No matter who you are, things are different. Change is hard, change also leads to problems, especially early on in said change. That's why it is important to try and find ways to stay less stressed and communicate. Easier said than done, but you can find a list of ways here.

It’s also important to remember that we are all in this together and that reaching out and communicating with others is a great way to deal with this stress.

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