2020 was a tough year for a lot of us. As we’ve met new obstacles that the world hasn’t seen before, our health has taken a back seat and has been neglected during a time where it should have been at the forefront. Out of this we will see some health trends that have developed through the hardship.
1. Mental Health Is Just As Important As Physical
During the pandemic social distancing and social isolation was the norm and left people feeling isolated. On top of this it also brought with it economic uncertainty and risk of sickness and death, that caused widespread worry and anxiety. Increased anxiety when being forced to into isolation was detrimental to mental health. A silver lining through all of this, is that is has increased awareness and communication around the importance of our mental health. In 2021 it will become common practice to visit a doctor about your mental health just like you would your physical.
2. People Are Taking Oral Health More Seriously
During lockdowns we were restricted in what we could be and what health professional we could visit. This caused a major drop in dental visits. While services like EZ Smile Clear Aligners, that further oral health without the need for dentist visits, could provide some oral assistance other services where limited are caused an oral health crisis. As lockdowns lifted dental visits didn’t return to normal levels, as issues arise 2021 will see people start to take oral health more seriously.
3. Working from Home Will Increase Health Focus
As we adjusted to working from home during the pandemic the process become more efficient and productive. While offices are starting to re-open and staff are moving back in, working from home still has its merits. While working full time from home may not be beneficial, splitting working days between the office and home is a great way to provide employees with a positive work-life balance. Increasing work-life balance can increase productivity and increase mental health of employees. Additionally, working from home provides employees with more time that can be spent exercising and improving physical health.
2021 will be a defining year for health. Perhaps for the first time ever, the health that we cannot see will be given the same weight and importance as the physical health that has defined the health trends of last year. There is no denying that the events of 2021 have had an immeasurable impact on the way that we look at health, we expect to see this trend continue to grow and evolve for 2021.