2018 is almost over and, this holiday season, people are looking back at the past year and realizing how stressful and alienating it was.
In our new survey for Lululemon, we found that more than 75% of those surveyed said the world feels more divisive now than it did a year ago. In fact, 53% of adults said they feel more anxious in their daily lives today versus last year—and this anxiety is even more prevalent among millennials (65%).
The study is Lululemon’s first annual Holiday Stress & Wellness Outlook, a survey of 4,000 people in the U.S. and Canada, to understand how people are feeling and what makes them feel better during this time of increased anxiety and stress.
In spite of the tumultuous climate, people are finding ways to deal with the increased anxiety and stress. Chief among them are prioritizing wellness and building social relationships. 80% of respondents said the key to feeling good during the holidays is maintaining a healthy mind and body. And 65% of people said that being with friends and family is the best antidote to stress and that nearly nine out of ten adults feel that the holidays should be about in-person connections and experiences.
“The survey reconfirms that giving back to yourself and others during the holiday season assists in a more balanced mind and body,” said Celeste Burgoyne, the company’s EVP, Americas, in a blog post on the findings. “At Lululemon, we truly believe that prioritizing wellness is crucial to fostering positive connection with guests, family and community, especially during the busiest time of year.”
Read more about the survey here.