Many Americans feel ‘constantly on edge’ during the pandemic

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According to a study conducted by OnePoll on behalf of iHerb, the average person only takes 25 minutes for self-care a day. (Photo by Anthony Tran on Unsplash)

A third of Americans would spend over $500 to have just one completely stress-free day right now, a new study found.

The survey of 2,000 Americans revealed three in five feel “constantly on edge” given the pandemic.

Results found one in five admitted they feel “drained” most days while 13% are in a constant state of exhaustion.

As Americans continue to push through 2020, many confessed to putting others before themselves, to a potentially unhealthy degree — which is likely only adding to their stress levels.

Almost two-thirds (64%) said they’ve been prioritizing other people over themselves and the average respondent has been going above and beyond for about four people.

It’s therefore no surprise that 59% are struggling with self-care amid the pandemic — in spite of spending so much additional time at home.

The survey, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of iHerb, revealed the average person only takes 25 minutes for self-care a day.

Respondents clearly think Americans need more “me-time” since nearly two in five (38%) feel they need more than 30 minutes of self-care to be their best self.

With so much stress resulting from work, the pandemic and current events, it’s no wonder 86% think taking time alone to disconnect is a vital part of self-care.

While 38% have tried a new form of self-care during COVID-19, only 9% have tried to find a little alone time in their routine.

New methods of self-care respondents have been exploring during the pandemic included exercise (22%), stretching/yoga (18%), supplements (18%) and skin care (17%).

All this is to help with a variety of ailments respondents have been struggling with since the start of the virus.

The most common concern for respondents is their energy levels (45%) while two in five have been searching for a way to improve their sleep.

Over a third would like to boost their immunity or want to focus better (34%).

”It is especially important during the global COVID pandemic that everyone has equal ability to help improve their health and quality of life,” said iHerb President Emun Zabihi.

“This data shows that self-care is more important than ever. Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has recommended taking vitamin D supplements and iHerb has seen a demand for vitamin D and C. Sales are up more than 100% from 2019 to 2020 and more than 300% in the United States alone. ”

While many are on the hunt for wellness products to aid them in their self-care journey, it’s not easy.

One in two respondents have struggled to find what they’re looking for in their local stores, which drives many to the internet and that poses another challenge.

Fifty-six percent admitted they find the process of searching for wellness products to be completely overwhelming with so many options available to them.

That’s not the only thing that has respondents worried about shopping for health products.

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Three in four worry about the authenticity of commenters beneath certain products and wonder if they’re legitimate.

Other causes for concern when it comes to self-care products included product authenticity (47%), ingredient reliability (43%) and where the product was stored (24%).

iHerb’s President Zabihi added, “Customers should absolutely demand the highest quality health and wellness products, with the assurance of freshness, storage and shipment from super clean warehouses, delivered quickly, and offered with the best value.”


  1. Energy 45%
  2. Sleep 40%
  3. Immunity 35%
  4. Focus 34%
  5. Weight 34%
  6. Digestion 28%
  7. Skin 25%
  8. Hair/nails 24%
  9. Anti-aging 22%


  1. Product authenticity 47%
  2. Ingredient reliability 43%
  3. Where the product was made 41%
  4. Commentor authenticity 28%
  5. Shipping practices 26%
  6. Where was it stored 24%

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