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Wellbeing Trends 2022

15th December 2021

With 2021 coming to an end, we reflect on another year of global change, and look towards 2022 with hope that the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic is behind us.

Another year of uncertainty lead to new queries and concerns from the public, who turned to the internet for support in understanding the ever-changing circumstances and how to navigate life during the pandemic.

In this report we explore the wellbeing trends that are emerging for the new year, including what Covid has taught us, the importance of values, approaches to hybrid working and a few challenges that may lie ahead.

Using data sources including the Office for National Statistics, the NHS, Google search trends and Westfield Health’s wellbeing surveys, this report investigates key wellbeing themes from the past year and helps businesses get a head start on supporting their people as we enter 2022.

What wellbeing search trends have we seen in 2021?

Explore the most popular health and wellbeing topics people have been searching for over the past year, and what we should expect from these trends looking forward to 2022.

Key findings include:

  • Searches for private healthcare have increased 23% since August 2021.
  • Searches for ‘mental health therapist near me’ have increased 39% since August 2021.
  • 16 million workers are considering changing jobs before March 2022, with searches for CV templates up 400%.
  • Around 6 in 10 adults reported their cost of living has increased over the last month (to 14 November 2021).
  • 40% of UK adults say the pandemic has made their wellbeing worse.
  • Searches for ‘loneliness’ were down almost 50% in the past 12 months.
  • Searches for hybrid and homeworking jobs are four times higher than pre-pandemic.
  • Three quarters of adults in Great Britain worry about climate change.