As the end of the year draws near, people’s attention has turned to New Year’s resolutions.
Unlike years past, in which New Year’s resolutions focused largely on physical health, younger generations prioritize mental health in the coming year.
The cultural change was discovered through the health survey of forbeswhich surveyed 1,005 adults in the US, and found that 45% of respondents said that improving mental health was one of their top resolutions.
The number of people who plan to focus on mental health in 2023 outnumbered those concerned about improving their physical health, with only 39% saying that improving their fitness was their main goal. Resolving to lose weight or adopt a healthier diet was made by 37% and 33% of respondents, respectively.
According to the findings, the generation most concerned about mental health was Generation Z. The survey found that 50% of people between the ages of 18 and 25 plan to work to improve their mental wellbeing.
The younger generation is also not alone. The change extends to millennials as well, whose focus has shifted from physical health to mental health as well. According to the survey, 49% of respondents between the ages of 26 and 41 listed mental health as one of their top resolutions for the coming year.
The results also come after a rise in anxiety and depression as a result of the pandemic. as set forth forbesThe World Health Organization (WHO) reported in March 2022 that anxiety and depression increased globally by 25% in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sabrina Romanoff, PsyD, Harvard-trained clinical psychologist, professor, researcher, and health advisory board member forbesHe told the publication that the survey results should conclude positively, as it shows that people are aware of the importance of mental health.
“Awareness of the importance of mental health among younger generations has increased dramatically,” she explained. Forbesadding that this is “probably due to a combination of amplified exposure, the possibility to learn from the experience of others through various mediums (social media platforms, videos, blogs, articles), the proliferation of mental health and stigma reduction industries that have Created more resources to discuss experiences and seek help.”
The survey of respondents planning to make their mental health a priority in 2023 found that 10% planned to use online therapy providers, while 17% said they would use online therapy to help achieve their New Year’s resolutions. For planning to rely on a meditation app.
In addition to the focus on general mental health, the study also found that many respondents across all age groups want to strive for a better work-life balance in the new year. Others, especially Gen Z respondents, want to spend more time on their hobbies.
As for the most popular resolution that isn’t related to physical or mental health, the survey found that people of all age groups plan to improve their finances, a top goal among 34% of Millennials surveyed.
translation of Anna McDonnell