3 Ways the Hospitality Industry Improves Mental Health

We’re finally doing it. We’re going on a trip…with restaurants…with hotels…with COVID tests.

We’re traveling over this long weekend to Munich – our third attempt since this virus broke out. I can’t explain the excitement at the idea of eating at a restaurant for the first time since November and staying overnight in a hotel since August 2020.

It’s time. Time to get back to the idea of ‘normal’ we used to know. Well, maybe not all things, but surely the things we didn’t realize how much we’d miss like crowded festivals or waiting in line to check out at our favorite stores.

Now that pandemic related restrictions are lifting, the reopening of the hospitality industry will positively impact local to international revenues as well as the mental health of people around the world. Even in the process of planning this trip, I can see a change in all our attitudes as we realize we have something to look forward to, even if the hotel pool remains closed.

Social interaction is part of human nature. Various closures and social restrictions over the past year impacted numerous businesses and individuals on many levels. With vaccinations on the rise, many areas are seeing the benefits of social gathering and travel.

Take the time to read and share these essential reasons why hospitality is more than just dining out.

Top Hospitality Mood Boosters

#1 Face to Face Interaction

Technology made the pandemic restrictions less impactful with screen to screen contact using tools like Zoom, Skype, FaceTime and Messenger calls. There’s nothing that replaces actual face-to-face contact.

The benefits of dining out reaches various aspects of basic human needs for contact, laughter, touch and body language that helps us to know we’re understood.

Across the world, restrictions are finally relaxing after months of closed doors at our favorite dining locations, wineries and hotels.

Yet, some of the pandemic changes could remain, including comfort foods and specialized menus, according a recent article by Eat This, Not That! No matter what is on the menu, people will flock to their favorite locations to meet face to face.

#2 Positive Distraction

Over the last year, virtually every person has felt overwhelmed. The demands of our daily lives didn’t stop because we were forced to stay home, those demands only changed or shifted the ways they impact us.

With limited outlets for the pent up feelings of anxiety and stress, the restrictions on our ability to go out for a drink for with friends, join your neighbors in a backyard BBQ, gather with 0our family for milestone moments like a wedding, birth or even funeral, has put even more stress on us.

The simple act of gathering can reduce anxiety and depression. With the extra demands on our attention and time, sometimes making the effort to prepare and cook meals and take time for rest can slip off our radar. In these times, take-out establishments became a necessity. According to and article by IMPOFF, more than 53% of their food budgets are spent on dining out. That same article reminds us that the whole purpose of the hospitality industry is “to to provide experiences and services that make people happy and comfortable.”

#3 Physical and Mental Escape

The desire to ‘get away from it all’. We all have it at some point. Many of us experienced a LOT more during the past year.

EZCare.com asked the top 20 travel influencers to share their views on the power of travel and it the benefits it can bring. From reduced stress to expanding your comfort zone, these writers provide insight to how travel can positively impact your life – no matter if it’s a weekend getaway or a long-term hiatus.

The mental health benefits of traveling can be felt even before you walk out the door. The mere anticipation of going on a vacation can dramatically lift your mood, putting you in a very different frame of mind than if you were only looking forward to another long day at the office.

Megan Jerrard – Solo Female Travelers
Melissa in Italy

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Mental Health Tips for Hospitality Workers

The same IMPOFF article mentioned above, states the hospitality industry is responsible for more than 300 million jobs worldwide, which accounts for just about 10% of total employment. Those who work in hospitality have been forever effected by this pandemic. Many employers and employees have lost hours if not jobs or businesses.

The impact on your mental health can take a toll in various ways. Check out the article from On the Line, a publication from The Toast, to learn how to take care of yourself and fellow industry workers during this time.

Mental and emotional health is important for everyone. Take time to ensure you and the ones you care about are supported during this time and throughout the years.

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