The most popular of New Year resolutions, across the globe, are health-related resolutions with nearly all of us setting a goal to be fitter & healthier in the coming year. Exercising or following a healthier diet are the done-to-earth resolutions! Following different health trends such as Veganism, Gluten Free diet etc. are now being accepted as normal lifestyle choices. To make sure you are up-to-date on the latest health trends, we bring you some of the wellness trends that are predicted to take over this year.
The latest buzzword among food & Instagram pundits is clean eating a relatively simple concept. It does not emphasise on specific diets such as protein or carb diets, but rather on the origin of the food you eat and its way to our plate. It’s about eating whole foods or “real foods” that are unprocessed or minimally processed, non-refined and handled, keeping them as close to their natural form as possible. This, while sounding easy to follow, is fairly difficult given that almost everything we eat or drink today is processed in some way or another.
This 'old but new' respiratory-focused wellness trend is making an entry due to the many physical and mental benefits it offers. This technique involving controlled breathing is getting popular with "guided breathing" classes available at gyms and on fitness apps. In general, the goal of any breathwork therapy is to support us in achieving a greater sense of self-awareness and increasing our capacity for self-healing. Many forms of breathwork therapy existing today, are inspired by Yoga and Tai Chi while incorporating Western psychotherapy techniques.
Niche Wellness retreats
Visiting a wellness retreat will take on a new meaning in 2019 with us taking more and more wellness vacations. According to 2019 projections from many wellness travel companies, we will be taking "painmoons" (anti-honeymoons following a bad experience or a fight with the spouse), divorce and menopause retreats, "fertility trips" (for couples trying to conceive) and sugar detox holidays. New Mom’s, will also be taking "wellness vacations" to get a bit of "me time" away from the crying and 3 am feeds associated with new parenthood.
The time we spend on online and mobiles is getting worrisome and even causing health & stress related issues. Thankfully some tech companies are making it easier for us to get a handle on this problem. 2019 is the year digital detox will be the most talked about topic across all lines. It's going to be easier than ever for us to use our phone for good, with the "digital wellbeing" movement gaining traction. Apple's Screen Time feature and Night Shift mode will make it easier to create good mobile habits. Google too has joined the digital detox drive by launching a digital wellbeing section on all its Pixel phones.
The workplace is where we tend to spend the largest amount of our conscious time. This is why our work environment can make a big difference to our health. A healthy employee is a productive employee, is the maxim all employers will follow in the coming year. Employers will start taking more responsibility for their wellbeing, including adopting measures like maternity leaves for both the parents. Flexible hours, late starts and work-from-home options will also be promoted within the organization. Companies will also start addressing issues such as burnout and promote self-care among its employees.
Fingers crossed and all the best for a healthier life as we enter 2019.