EDITOR NOTE: What didn’t 2020 have that could have made it much worse? The year brought us a global pandemic, violent civil unrest, a massive and unresolved economic crisis, inflationary monetary policy, unprecedented debt levels, a messy presidential election, and a constitutional crisis. Short of an actual civil war, or perhaps a meteor crash, we have everything we need to make this world a much more horrifying place. Having sustained all of this, does America still recognize itself? Are we facing an “existential crisis” with regard to what we once were, who we are now, and how to move forward from this point on? According to a recent survey, the answer is a resounding “yes.”
From the pandemic to the presidential election, there’s no question 2020 has been a turning point moment in United States history. Unfortunately, most believe the year’s problems haven’t left them in a good position moving forward. A new survey finds nearly eight in 10 Americans say 2020 caused an existential crisis for the country.
The OnePoll survey asked 2,000 Americans about their experiences throughout this tumultuous year and finds that 77 percent agree 2020 has sent the U.S. into crisis over its identity. Baby boomers are the most likely to agree with this statement (82%), compared to 76 percent of Generation X and 75 percent of millennial respondents.
As America deals with its major issues, it’s no surprise that 65 percent of respondents feel like they’ve had their own personal crisis at some point during 2020. The survey, commissioned by Vejo, finds 68 percent of Americans said the year has left them feeling defeated.
The top event leaving 63 percent of respondents feeling defeated entering 2021 is, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic. Not being able to enjoy pre-COVID activities (45%) followed far between the virus. Another 45 percent of respondents cited the presidential election and 35 percent said the spread of misinformation relating to coronavirus is their top cause of exhaustion in 2020. Another three in 10 respondents add the 24/7 news cycle has taken a toll on them this year.
2020’s impact on our health
With all of these events adding up, over half of respondents have felt too overwhelmed throughout the year to take proper care of their health and wellness. Fifty-six percent said they’ve been struggling now more than ever to find a wellness routine that works for them.
Nearly six in 10 people (57%) say they do want to learn more about how to improve their health and learn more about their body’s nutritional needs, but they don’t know where to start. A further 64 percent confess it’s sometimes inconvenient for them to follow a healthy lifestyle and 55 percent say they just don’t have enough time in the day.
Sixty-two percent of respondents also shared they struggle to find the motivation to try a new routine. Once they do find the motivation, however, 57 percent reveal they can’t seem to follow through with these new routines in the long run.
“Incorporating healthy habits into your daily routine is essential for a healthy lifestyle,” says Dr. Jan Vonhoegen, M.D., Medical Director for VEJO+ Global, in a statement. “Physical activity, a diet of whole fruits and vegetables, and a good night’s sleep are the foundation of holistic health and happiness.”
Half of the respondents said the most difficult aspects of a healthy lifestyle for them are eating a well-balanced diet and exercising regularly. Another four in 10 Americans shared they struggle to get all the necessary nutrients in their diets each day.
“Starting new habits can be as easy as simplifying your existing nutritional routine, but it’s important to remember that it takes 21 days to create new habits and 90 days to create a lasting change in lifestyle,” Dr. Vonhoegen adds.
Originally posted on Study Finds