Half of adults who felt 'uneasy' during pandemic found their partner hardest to talk to

Half of the adults who experienced an increased “malaise” in the last 18 months admit that it was the most difficult for them to open up to their PARTNER.

A study of 2,000 adults found that three-quarters struggled with worry and anxiety – with 18- to 24-year-olds suffering the most.

And 71 percent also experienced higher levels of stress, increasing to 86 percent of young adults aged 18 to 24.

But 49 percent of those who felt uncomfortable found it difficult to talk to their partner about their feelings, while another 45 percent found it difficult to share their thoughts with friends.

Others find it difficult to open up to their parents (40 percent), colleagues (37 percent) and employers (34 percent).

The study commissioned by cannabis health company CiiTECH found that 45 percent of those who were concerned were unable to go about their daily lives, while 51 percent felt that ordinary tasks seemed bigger than they really are .

Others said their discomfort resulted in difficulty sleeping (51 percent), a twisting feeling in the stomach (37 percent), restlessness or inability to sit still (31 percent), and sweating or hot flashes (25 percent).

It also found that the average adult experienced six days of discomfort per month – that’s 108 days over the past 18 months.

Clifton Flack, CEO of CiiTECH, said, “Research shows that the British are experiencing a lot of discomfort and greater levels of panic, exacerbated by the pandemic.

“But it’s very difficult to understand if you’ve never seen it before.

“We want to try to make these feelings more visible and accessible for everyone so that those who experience unrest feel like they have a support network around them.”

The study also found that this discomfort was exacerbated in some, with 62 percent believing that friends and family lacked understanding.

And 65 percent feel they have been misunderstood by their fellow human beings, a quarter (24 percent) say they should “cheer” and 40 percent said that they will “be fine”.

But even two thirds (66 percent) cannot describe their fear despite “How are you?”. is one of the most frequently asked questions from friends and family (35 percent).

This “explanation effort” increases the discomfort for 68 percent of the respondents.

It also found that 27 percent of those who didn’t feel uncomfortable admit it was difficult to empathize with those who felt uncomfortable.

And 30 percent have difficulty understanding what they are going through.

The study, conducted through OnePoll, also found that three-quarters of adults are actively looking for ways to encourage calmness in their life (75 percent).

This includes regular exercise (55 percent), the introduction of new daily routines (39 percent) and trying out new products with calming properties (27 percent).

Following the results, CiiTECH, the consumer-focused cannabis health company behind UK CBD brand Provacan, has partnered with UK Got Talent artist Nathan Wyburn to bring those feelings to life and transition from discomfort to calm through the medium of art to demonstrate visually to help those who suffer, share with friends and family.

The digital artwork “The Journey to Calm” was inspired by real stories of people who are looking for more peace in their lives.

It used colors and textures named by respondents to express their feelings, with 27 percent of adults believing their increased discomfort is best represented by the color black, while 28 percent used the word “knotted” around that To describe feeling.

The artwork took seven hours to complete and includes materials like charcoal, paint, cassette tape, nails, and bottle caps

The many colors and textures used were chosen by over 1,000 people to represent and express their own feelings.

Artist Nathan Wyburn said, “I was honored to use my experience of suffering with personal anxiety to help make this journey to rest.

“The series of images are a mixture of textures, feelings, colors and emotions to try to visualize what it feels like from one extreme to the other.

“When I stick to my niche of using everyday materials like bottle caps, cassette tape, nails, cotton, and suntan lotion, it’s also a nod to my previous work and style.


“Art helps me to feel calm, it is my liberation, so I hope that this piece can bring clarity and explain the journey to you – the viewer.”

The work of art can be viewed here.

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