As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be felt across the UK and the world, many people are now feeling the effects of these uncertain and worrying times.
- The mental side of COVID-19
The pandemic has had a huge impact of mental health. AXA Health’s Report on mental health and wellbeing in Europe, published in October 2020, found that the loss of social interactions is having a detrimental effect on mental wellbeing. 64% of workers in the UK and Europe said their work-related stress levels had increased compared with pre-pandemic levels, and of these, 81% described themselves as having a poor or low state of mind at the time of being surveyed. The study also found that 82% of British employees miss physical contact with people outside of their direct household.
Remember that it’s ok not to be ok and if you’re struggling, there are plenty of resources out there to help. You’ll be able to find helpful links in the ‘Where to get help’ module.
- The financial side of COVID-19
Many people will have been affected financially from this pandemic. Lost jobs, furlough and closing down of businesses have been the main contributors. It’s important to review and keep and eye on your finances as you may be able to make some savings. You should probably prioritise your most essential bills and think about other revenue streams if you’re feeling strapped for cash.
If something you’ve been looking forward to that you paid for has been cancelled, you should look into your refund options or if you have insurance, it might be worth making a claim.
If you don’t have any work coming in, sign on to Universal Credit, you can apply at www.gov.uk.