Are Masks Good For Your Mental Health?October 17, 2020 3:07 pm
When a mask mandate went into affect here in Connecticut many residents worried that anxiety levels would skyrocket and that the mental health of us all would suffer as a result of these anxiety inducing rules. However, if a recent Polish study is to be believed, the masks may have an opposite impact.
After studying the results of an online survey, Polish researches came to conclude that in fact, masks were more often then not reducing anxiety in people instead of the anticipated result.
So, what is going on here? Well researchers have some conclusions that they’ve made from the study results.
- Masks are helping people take control in a situation that often feels out of their control. A global pandemic is big and scary, but masks are a way that people can control the situation for themselves and feel safe.
- When everyone around you is wearing a mask, the feeling of isolation that has come with being home and not out and about, fades and a new feeling of unity is born.
- Wearing a mask allows people who otherwise would show anxiety and fear on their face to hide those emotions behind their masks.
- With masks becoming a fashion accessory, folks are now using them as a form of personal expression to share messages of hope, humor, beauty, or any other message that someone might want to express.
While this study found results that were unexpected, it remains important to note that masks serve a very critical purpose and should be worn at all times.
How do you feel when you’re wearing a mask? Anxious? Empowered? Unified? Share your feelings in the comments below or on our Facebook page here.