How do you take care of your health and wellness during something so new and uncertain as a global pandemic?
A new survey from VICE Media asked this question of 4000 people, aged 16 to 39 from 30 countries. Their findings ~ young people are more dedicated to their wellness since COVID-19.
The study revealed that on average young people around the world rated their health at 6.9 out of 10. When asked what factors determined their rating, in most cases, the state of their mental health was the main factor. Those satisfied with their overall health had taken the time to get to know themselves better and were investing more time in self care. Those struggling with their overall health attributed it to being anxious, depressed, or feeling a lack of purpose.
Young people are very aware of their predicament today. They are opting for simpler more accessible methods that are within their control to help them manage their mental and physical health. Acknowledgment of mental wellness has grown significantly since the crisis. Many are embracing methods that can help and 1 in 5 are trying some form of meditation practice.
Millennials and GenZ have also embraced fitness with the emphasis on their mental well-being, not just their physical appearance. Sixty-four percent of the respondents are opting for outdoor fitness such as hiking, walking, running and cycling. They plan to make this part of their post pandemic workout routine.
Amidst all the changes that this experience has caused it is comforting to know that some good will come out of it. Establishing healthful routines and practices are imperative to living well, not only in times of uncertainty but always. At this time of year, we get busier and tend to lose touch with finding a balance between our work and our recharging time. This September, let’s focus on striking a balance to stay well, resilient and positive.