Last year sent major shock waves through our lives, affecting us in big and small ways and possibly even in ways we don’t even understand yet.
As we enter into full 2021 mode we know that our journey is not yet done. There is still much to learn and it has never been more important to look at our own needs – emotional, mental, physical and spiritual.
Practicing self-care is important in tough times AND at all times. If anything 2020 highlighted this for us.
Trying new wellness trends can help us get to a place of happiness and health.
Here are five simple ways to embrace self-care this year:
Tending to Our Mental Health
This will remain a top priority. Physical contact and connection is so important to our health but we have been forced by this pandemic to isolate, quarantine and social distance causing our anxiety levels to increase.
We have therefore transitioned into a virtual world of meditation apps, affirmation apps, breathwork classes online, phone counseling, telehealth therapy and other online mental health services.
When faced with everyday issues we have been given a chance to use these resources and see that they are effective, necessary and helpful.
There are many more mental health support groups online than ever before. If you can’t reach out to family or friends, try going the virtual route. Help is just a finger tap away.
Boosting Our Immunity
The popularity of immune-boosting supplements, herbs and superfoods reached new heights in 2020.
Strengthening the immune system will continue to be a major 2021 wellness trend across the board, from food to supplements and educational classes.
A good starting point would be a Vitamin C, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C supplement.
Other major trends will be energy healing and gut health.
Growing awareness of the effect that our gut microbiome has on our overall well-being, immunity, and brain function will also make cultivating good gut health a priority. (Stay tuned for a gut health series coming soon)
Renewed Interest in Nature
In response to more time spent in the home people have increased their interest in nature.
Design trends show more people investing in plants to create indoor gardens.
Plants help clean the air and provide a sense of companionship. We all know that not only do we have to water and care for our plants but we also need to talk to them positively to help them grow, right?
If you are looking for an indoor plant to purify the air with minimal maintenance from you, try the peace lily or monther-in-laws tongue.
New Workout Habits
Wellness is now being defined by both virtual and in-person experiences.
More and more people are joining live-stream workouts at least once a week and even more are seeking out pre-recorded fitness videos.
I, personally, am using Youtube more than ever to find a variety of workouts from yoga to HIIT.
We are all forming new workout habits. Even outdoor areas such as parks (when open) are becoming more popular for walks.
Technology boundaries are becoming the new normal. Screen time is being monitored and regulated.
Self-care trend forecasting shows that screen fatigue and technology burnout are real.
We’re seeing the effects of blue light and screen time on our eye health, mental health, sleep cycles, and more.
We will need to find a balance between being online and being present in our everyday lives, going back to engaging in real conversation and making real eye contact.
New wellness trends are a great indicator of shifts in behaviour in response to current crisis.
Changing our habits and starting self-care routines is necessary for our emotional, mental, physical and spiritual health going into 2021 and beyond.
We need to stay healthy and strong together.
Wishing you health, happiness and heavenly self-care spoils.
With much love as always