5 Wellness Trends We're Joining in on This Spring
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Are we really in the know if we’re not in on the new trends? Three months in and 2019 has taken off on all things wellness, and being healthy is all the rage. Now, more than ever, people are opening up and having honest conversations about both mental and physical health. Just scroll through Instagram. You’ll find increasingly more pictures of women of all sizes in workout gear (yay!) and plenty photos of turmeric chai latte art—made with oat milk, of course. A focus on wellness is sweeping the nation and we better start hash-tagging it if we want to be informed.
And while wellness may look different for every person, there’s no denying that a little change-up in our lives can give us a bit of a thrill. Whether it’s infusing your morning coffee with CBD or cleaning out your bedroom clutter, these wellness trends are sure to entice your mind, body and soul.
1. Ayurveda is the next big cleanse
Ayurveda (pronounced “are-yer-VAY-duh”) is the traditional Hindu word for the “whole body” healing system. It originated more than 5,000 years ago in India when the basis was on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. This type of alternative medicine focusing on drawing toxins out of the digestive system, and it . It has five elements that all matter is believed to be made up of which include earth, fire, water, air, and ether(space.) These manifest within the human body as three doshas. Vata, pitta, and kapha, which are the dynamic state of balance between our minds, bodies and the environment. (Take this quiz to understand your dosha.) Depending on which dosha is most dominant within you, you can learn how to properly treat and maintain your body and well-being.
2. CBD is booming
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a natural substance to relieve pain, inflammation, and prevent injuries. Your first thought might have been ‘cannabis? Like marijuana?’ But don’t freak out, there are two prominent cannabinoids in marijuana. The first is THC, which is the psychoactive ingredient in weed that produces a high. CBD, though, is a non-psychoactive chemical. It doesn’t produce a high, and it can be used for a slew of medicinal purposes. It acts as a natural alternative to ibuprofen and is great for post-workout pains, immune boosting, and it makes a great stress reliever. I am a big fan of my CBD rituals.
3. Putting Down the Phone
I’m sure—if you’re anything like me—you had a mini heart attack when you saw the new screen time feature on the latest IPhone update. Well, those heart palpitations have convinced many people to monitor the time they spend on their phones and to take a step away from their devices. With social media usage at an all-time high this year, the mindless scrolling can be consuming. Obviously, given the world we live in now, social media can also be helpful for many reasons. However, we often access these sources mindlessly which is disconnecting us from the real world and is taking away from quality face-to-face interactions. Going on a digital detox can help bring you closer to the people in your lives and will afford you more time for self-care.
4. The Mediterranean Diet is all the rage
According to the 2019 edition of the Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index, Italy has become the world’s healthiest country. Researchers concluded that the healthy eating habits of Italians- eating high levels of supplemented foods with enjoyed by with extra virgin olive oil or nuts-has decreased instances of major cardiovascular events than those assigned to a reduced-fat diet. The Mediterranean diet is based off of eating whole grains, good fats (fish, olive oil, nuts etc.), vegetables, fruits, and fish. This diet also encourages spending time with family and enjoying physical activity. Since the Italians do it (and I would love to live in Italy), I might just jump on board for this one.
5. Minimal Living is the Way to Go
If you haven’t already watched “Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things” on Netflix, I highly recommend you do. The film teaches you how to live more minimally, a theme many people are exploring in 2019 in order to declutter and live happier lives. Joshua Field Millburn from the film states “By letting go of everything in the way, I’ve been able to immerse myself in what’s important to me, and the benefits are remarkable.” When we get rid of unnecessary items that take up space in our lives, we can become happier people. In the end, it seems that having less can really give us more.
So now that we’re up to date with the greatest trends of 2019, which one are you going to hop on first?