Have Your Tried These Rewarding Health + Wellness Trends?
Wondering what 2021's health and wellness trends are? Well, so were we. Turns out they point towards accessible healthcare, preventative treatments and mental wellness. Take these trends, turn them into goals, and soon, you’ll have your own breakthroughs.
Mood trackers are a modern way to help monitor mood over time, and learn how external factors, such as diet or lifestyle, affect how you feel. Mood tracking could make it easier for you to identify triggers for bad moods, track the progress of meditation, relationships or the effects of taking medication.
Furthermore, understanding how and when mood shifts happen could help you identify important patterns in your behaviour, so you can create strategies for managing low moods and harmful impulses. Forms of mood tracking include apps, journals, watches and even rings that can help track your mood to improve your overall health and wellbeing.
Whether you’re a purist who only eats whole foods, a foodie looking for new ideas, or a busy on-the-go professional, there’s a healthy snack for everyone. However, with busy lives it can be difficult to hold out on snacking on an unhealthy option, impacting on various aspects of your life. Healthy snacking takes thought and preparation, which many individuals are dedicating more time towards, in order to stay fit, healthy and full of energy.
Check out our healthy late night snack article under the food and drink tab.
Adaptogens + Nootropics
Adaptogens are ancient plants and herbs that each have the unique ability to enhance human resilience to stress. Different to nootropics in the sense that adaptogens actions are non-specific, adaptogens benefits are widespread throughout the body, instead of focussing on a particular concern.
Nootropics or “brain boosters”, are natural substances that enhance cognitive performance and work to improve mental function by boosting memory, creativity, motivation and attention.
With an increased awareness of how these "magical potions" can work, many health conscious and energy craving individuals are looking to increase their consumption of both adaptogens and nootropics to hog the benefits.
Get Creative With Vitamins
In an era obsessed with quick fixes, many people are looking for an easy way to boost their wellness, which is why many are turning away from the unknowns of tap water, and turning to vitamin infused bottled water, like this fruity favourite by DA-SH Water. Made using the unwanted "ugly" fruits this sparkling water not only hydrates, but levels up your water game.
We are also finding an increased consumption of health supplements, and vitamin infused teas and coffees, using high-grade blends of essential vitamins and minerals to provide convenient nutritional support.
Low Alcohol Or Alcohol Free
According to a recent study, approximately 66% of millennials are making efforts to reduce their alcohol consumption. This decline could be chalked up to the rise in veganism and save the planet lifestyles.
More and more venues and brand are considering big flavours and low ABVs, adopting a curious and creative approach to non or low alcoholic beverages that has previously been reserved for their alcoholic siblings. Brands are now offering alcohol-free tipples that look pretty enough to still feel fancy. Interested? Try a bottle from Seedlip, Kin Euphorics, or Curious Elixirs. Spencer Matthew's, for tv’s Made In Chelsea also launched his own successful low-alcohol gin brand, called The Clean Liquor Co.
Not to forget the obvious, there are plenty of brands who produce great quality wines and beers also, play the game with your friends and family, see if they even notice the difference!
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up? Read the news? Check your emails? Scroll through social media? Now, imagine your phone’s not in the room. If that makes you feel aimless or uncomfortable, it may be time for a digital detox.
The link between social media and poor mental health is increasing, let alone the link between screen time and poor sleep, blue light strain, decreasing human connection, lack of focus and concentration and even brain damage. If you are guilty of scrolling your life away, opt for a regular digital detox, it's actually becoming more trendy to not be on your phone. For example, leave your phone out of sight, or turn it off every Sunday for a set period of time, you may feel naked at first, but mind over matter and it could turn out to make the world of difference.
It's not exactly new, but it's here to stay. Unlike other trendy diets that remain controversial, not many scientists are squabbling over the idea of limiting your eating hours throughout the day. Research is proving a host of benefits that include an increase in longevity and stress resistance and a decrease in the probability of cancer and obesity. And, hey—Jennifer Aniston's a fan.
Simpler Sustainable Self Care
Sustainable self-care relates to something that you can keep up daily, weekly, monthly without wondering if you can afford to do it. It also refers to products that are eco-friendly, in terms of ingredients and packaging. Many people are becoming increasingly aware of the effects the beauty industry is having on the environment, and bank balance! Which is why simple and sustainable self care is luckily on the up.
CBD In Food + Drink
Since CBD burst onto the scene, according to reports one in ten Brits have used CBD products. Made from cannabidiol – CBD is a non-psychoactive molecule found in cannabis – that’s extracted from the leaves, resins, and flowers of marijuana plants.
Experts believe its popularity is set to continually soar in everything from coffee, to sparkling water, and pancakes to beauty products. Some say CBD is the new kale! Consumers are buying into products that bridge the gap between medicine and food, especially as individuals become increasingly conscious of the role food and drink plays in mental wellbeing.
Although it is worth mentioning that some meat substitutes are not necessarily “better for you” so bare that in mind when choosing your meat free options, consumers are continuing to seek alternatives to meat. From meat-mimicking products to vegan protein powders and plant based protein drinks, there is a range of ingredients being used to create plant protein options such as beans, nuts, seeds, tofu, watermelon seed and avocado.
Ayurveda, or an ancient system from India that focuses on balance between mind, body, and spirit, is nothing new. To the Western world however, as overall trends shift from treatment to prevention strategies, more people are tuning into integrated ways to nourish and heal themselves from the inside out.
For example, tongue scraping is looked upon as the new dry-brushing. It's an Ayurvedic self-care ritual and oral hygiene practice that you can do daily to remove toxins, bacteria, food debris, and dead cells from the surface of the tongue. When we sleep, our digestive system removes undigested toxins from our body bringing them to the surface of our tongue. That’s why it is so important to scrape away these toxins before doing anything else upon rising. Otherwise, they will get reabsorbed by the body and can lead to digestive issues and a compromised immune system.
Mindful Eating + Flexitarianism
Tear up the rule book— The Flexitarian diet (aka flexible vegetarian,) is a diet that involves eating more plants, and rather than demonising meat, promotes consuming it more consciously. Thanks to the accessibility and rise in plant-based choices more people are jumping on the plant-based band wagon, to reap the health and environmental benefits without foregoing animal products entirely - like Meatless Monday and meat-free fast food alternatives.
Whilst we touch on environmental benefits, we are also predicting an increase in people embracing food in all its forms through the trend of up-cycling, which means that wonky vegetables and wasted food scraps, like vegetable peels can be turned into meals and snacks. It is a step towards a healthier, more sustainable, and more conscious future.
Cold water immersion activates the body’s natural healing powers that can relieve the symptoms of many medical conditions and promote a sense of health and well-being. And when practiced on a regular basis, cold water immersion can even provide long-lasting changes to your body’s immune, lymphatic, circulatory and digestive systems that enhance the overall quality of your life and best of all it's absolutely free. Try including this on trend health ritual into your routine via a cold shower or bath, consider adding ice for extra freshness!
Smart Mirco Goals
Setting and achieving big goals is great, however, it can become intimidating. Of course we accomplish things all the time, but how frequently do you actually track your progress in a systematic way? This is where smart micro goals come in.
Goals are achieved, by first possessing an idea of what it is you want to attain success at. You can set yourself a variety of smart micro goals, ticking them off weekly or daily, depending upon your circumstance.
By monitoring your completed goals, you are able to achieve focus and clarity. Setting unrealistic goals can actually have an adverse effect on your health, which is why many are setting themselves smarter micro goals and bragging about the benefits!
Prenatal-specific workouts are becoming more and more popular as women look to fitness to prepare for childbirth and ease the challenges of labor and delivery. More and more women are working out (with their doctor's approval,) for most of their pregnancies. This can make postpartum recovery and even delivery much easier. It's all about finding safe workout routines that work best for mums-to-be.
Essentially, slow travel mean trains instead of planes. In its simplest form, slow travel means travelling by particular modes of transport, such as trains, horses, walking, biking and boating. It’s all about appreciating the landscape as you go, and being at one with it – which you don’t get by flying or driving when you’re seeing everything from behind a pane of glass.
But for many, slow travel is a mindset, not just a series of choices. While physically slowing down is necessary, slow travel is more mindset than velocity. Slow travel is to tourism what meditation apps are to our lives. In it, connecting to the soul of a place through its history, food, language and people becomes more important than chasing bucket list ticks and Instagram photos.
Slow travel plans are on the rise, especially due to Covid 19, more and more people are looking to really appreciate the luxury of travel, sweating out everything the world has to offer. Not only can slow travel help you slow down as an individual, it can also contribute to the climate crisis.