As the start of a new year approaches, we – like so many – resolve to be more fit, to eat healthier food, and to achieve serenity. Sure, we’re likely to fall short. But hope springs eternal – and small steps forward are still helpful to our long-term well-being. Wondering how to increase wellness and well-being in the new year? Our correspondent Julie Chang Murphy (kick-boxing instructor extraordinaire) has researched the top new wellness 2021 trends you need to know for the new year.
what are the top wellness trends you need to know for 2021?
It’s all too easy to mock the wellness industry. For many, it has been seen as an exclusive niche market for rich hippies epitomized by the rise of Goop and the infamous Yoni crystal egg. But COVID-19 has dramatically changed the wellness landscape and the trends we are seeing going into 2021 are refreshingly simple. And a whole lot more inclusive and democratic. Yay![white_box]
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We have all had quite a challenging year as the pandemic, the election, the racial justice protests and ongoing economic stress have exposed the fissures in our society. There’s an uptick in acute stress, anxiety and depression according to a report published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
In other breaking news, water is wet.
The appeal of wellness might have once been aspirational – like haute couture. But, as you might suspect, we will all be doubling down on the practical and comforting in 2021.[white_box]
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For the new normal, here are the top 10 wellness and mindfulness trends people will be turning to now – and in the new year 2021 – to make themselves look and feel healthier in mind, body and spirit.
the top wellness trends you need to know for 2021
1. At-home exercise studio
The fitness world has had to reinvent itself. Some gyms are renting or selling their equipment for at-home use. Other boutique chains have taken over our Zoom and Instagram with streaming live workouts. As the success of Peloton – the leader in on-demand personal workouts indicates – it’s more than just the convenience of being able to get your heart rate up in your living room. It’s about a built-in sense of community that doesn’t happen with those old school fitness videos. Full disclosure: our CEO is on the board of Peloton Interactive.
In 2019, a mere 7% of consumers used live streamed workouts; during COVID-19, this increased to over 80%. We want want to work out and be held accountable through a connection with the instructor and fellow participants.[white_box]
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2. Walking and Cycling
People have been taking to the streets in record numbers as a means of increasing mobility. In addition to hoarding toilet paper, at one point during the pandemic, there was also a shortage of bicycles. Though in the past low-impact exercise has not been afforded the same prestige as HIIT workouts and cardio, this will change.
For 2021, we see increased enthusiasm for walking, cycling and even stretching for their mental health benefits. Wearables and apps will be popular for self-monitoring and as a gratifying way of achieving goals.
3. Food as medicine
There is an increased emphasis on building our body’s immunity. In 2021, we will be taking a holistic approach through clean eating, superfoods, and foods that promote healthy gut bacteria. There will be renewed enthusiasm for vitamins and supplements and continued experimentation with nootropics.
Families will still be cooking at home more than ever, accelerating the growth of meal-kit subscriptions that emphasize healthy, nutrient rich food. many wonder foods will get tried in the quest to strengthen the body against infections and invasions.
4. Booze alternatives
Anecdotally we know that people are drinking more but here are the numbers– compared to a year ago, alcohol consumption has increased 14%, with a 41% increase in heavy drinking (4 or more drinks a day) for women.
As the pandemic rages on, we see a shift of forgoing alcohol for healthier options that can still provide a feeling of indulgence and novelty. Think bubbly kombucha like Wild Tonic and mood-enhancing beverages with adaptogens and CBD like Kin Spritz or Aurora Elixirs.[white_box]
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5. Rise of telehealth
Say good-bye to reading US Weekly in the waiting room for an hour only to be seen by a doctor for 5 minutes. The number of U.S. consumers using telehealth rose from 11% in 2019 to 46% this year.
2021 will see more people embracing this disruptor in the medical industry as it makes it more convenient for patients to stay healthy and engaged in their health care.
6. Mood enhancers
With four states easing restrictions on marijuana and Oregon passing measures to legalize psilocybin and decriminalize possession of small amounts of hard drugs, there will be a greater awareness and acceptance of other mood enhancers.
And we’re not just talking about supplements. They will be infused into our food and beverage as well as our personal care products. Eye creams won’t just plump up those fine lines but help us sleep as well. Feeling irritated? Just sprinkle some Moon Juice in your water.
7. No-touch wearables
With “hygiene theater” at an all-time high, there will be an emerging marketplace for no-touch wearables and technology to keep us germ-free. Hand sanitizer is so 2020.
In addition to that antimicrobial touch tool hanging off your key chain, expect to see more smart technology incorporated into clothing and accessories that prevent us from touching potentially contaminated surfaces.
8. Bio-technology in beauty
Clean beauty might still be having its hey day but in 2021, consumers will reconsider new definitions of what natural means. Beauty forecasters see “a best-of-both-worlds blend of nature and technology” taking natural ingredients, like plant or marine extracts as a starting point, then reproducing them in a lab.
In this way, brands like Biossance and One Ocean Beauty can offer added reassurance that the formulas are lab-approved and safe for skin, while protecting our natural resources.[white_box]
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9. Home spas
Mani-pedis, facials, and other spa treatments will be getting a lot closer to home. Already we have seen some new DIY products in the nail care realm that help people give themselves professional salon manicures.
We will return to the simple art of making our own Instagram-worthy face masks or exfoliating scrubs from pantry staples with the assistance of DIY tools and products. Let’s see if there will be any good solutions for the at-home hair cut!
10. Mental health awareness
No doubt about it- we have been on high alert for one reason or another this past year and it has taken its toll.
In the new year, we will want (and need) solutions as we adjust to a post-pandemic world. Expect an increase in virtual therapy and support groups, mindfulness apps, and other resources that help us manage our anxiety and emotions.
the top wellness trends you need to know for 2021
Those are the top 10 tips and trends we’re seeing people embrace in order to increase wellness in the new year 2021. In the meantime, take care and be easy on yourself, dear reader.
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Crediting her training as a cultural anthropologist at Wellesley College, Julie has immersed herself in various industries in the last 15 years including fashion design, event planning, and fitness. Julie lives in New York where she loves trying every ramen and dumpling restaurant with her husband and three children. She finds joy in bold prints, biographies of fierce women, kickboxing. And spending way too long finding the perfect polish color to express her mood.