These Are the Challenges Filipino Face Working or Study at Home, According to a Study

'This pandemic has seen a surge in intense negative emotions amongst us-worry, anxiety, fear, anger, frustration.'

Staying in and working (or studying) at home is probably the best thing to happen—despite the circumstances. (We told you years ago that this would solve Manila's traffic problem.) But, even so, it's not all perfect.

A survey conducted by Dr. Cecilla Gastardo-Conaco from the Department of Psychology at the University of the Philippines Diliman, titled "Feelings, Cognitions, Behaviours of Filipinos During the COVID 19 Pandemic," details the challenges Filipinos face when it comes to working and studying at home.

The main challenge Filipinos faced was adjusting to working or studying at home itself. While other employees that weren't able to shift to remote work were naturally worried about their income and missed workdays. Both groups coped by simply accepting the current circumstances, followed by self-distraction as evidenced by the numerous food trends we saw during the pandemic.

Dr. Conaco warned that most of the respondents belong to the middle class. And, as such, the survey's results do not capture the representation of the whole country. She is planning, however, to conduct a more extensive study as it can further studies on the feelings, cognitions, and behavior of Filipinos during the pandemic.

“This pandemic has seen a surge in intense negative emotions amongst us—worry, anxiety, fear, anger, frustration. This is a normal reaction to uncertain and stressful events.  You are not alone, as this study has shown. We just need to be more aware of this and not blame ourselves or take it out on others,” says Dr. Conaco.

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