It has been just over a year since our country went into lockdown because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Our way of life has been drastically changed for the health and safety of ourselves and others. As we transitioned into 2021, I was curious to see what people had to say about how the COVID quarantine affected their overall well-being. So, I created a survey of 14 questions designed to gauge the effects quarantine had on a person’s spiritual, relational, physical, and mental well-being. I think those four areas make up a person’s overall sense of well-being.
This survey was shared and promoted on My Christian Walk web page, social media, and my personal social media, as well as other individual's social media profiles. The questions were based on each individual's opinion on their well-being. The results below are all based on the findings of the survey and my personal interpretation of those findings. If you would like to add your personal thoughts on how you feel quarantine affected your well-being or your thoughts on the findings, please feel free to share those in the comments below.
The survey had a total number of 17 participants that answered 14 questions to gauge their opinion on the effects the COVID quarantine had on their personal well-being. The questions were broken down into four areas; spiritual, relational, physical, and mental well-being. The ages of the participants ranged from 18 to 65, with the largest majority being in the 26-35 age range.
According to the participants, 43.8% stated their spiritual relationship was positively affected followed by 37.5% that stated the quarantine negatively affected their spiritual relationship. Eight participants, 47.1% attended a mix of in-person or online teaching, followed by four, 23.5% who made the personal choice to not attend church during quarantine. 41.2% read The Bible or prayed the same amount of time, where 29.4% either reported reading and praying more or less than before.
With quarantine encouraging us to stay at home and not travel, a majority of people, 58.8% felt that quarantine negatively affected their personal relationships. To stay in touch with family and friends during quarantine, most people used texts and emails, followed by phone calls and in-person visits without social distancing. Participants also reported using video calls and in-person visits with social distancing as ways to keep in touch with others.
According to the survey, 35.3% of participants reported that quarantine had either a positive or negative effect on their physical well-being, 17.7% stated there was no change in their physical well-being and 11.8% stated they experienced both positive and negative effects during the quarantine. The survey showed that 35.3% either spend more or less time on their physical health and 29.4% spent the same amount of time. Most of the participants stated that they didn’t change their diet or eat worse during the quarantine, both had a 35.3% majority, but 29.4% stated they eat better now than before the quarantine.
For the purpose of this survey, I asked participants how they felt quarantine affected their overall mental well-being as well as open-ended questions about what caused them stress and brought them joy during quarantine. The survey found that 71.4% stated that quarantine negativity affected their mental well-being.
Things that caused stress during quarantine;
Change in their work environment
Lack of social connections
Fear of the unknown
Personal health issues
The health of loved ones
Lack of physical touch
Mental health decline overall
Negative outlooks on life from media and outside sources
Schooling children at home