What will be the Biggest Wellness Trends For 2020?
The 1920s was a decade of rapid social and technological change which introduced many things that we still enjoy today, such as movies, Jukeboxes, telephones and cars. The 2020s start in just a couple of weeks’ time and we are hopeful this decade will see a revolution of health, fitness and wellness.
Complementing physical health, wellness focuses on mental wellbeing, wellness generally covers personal happiness and mental health, achieved through managing stress and anxiety through enjoyable activities. The trend has always been associated with activities like Yoga, but there are some big new trends coming for 2020 to shake up the industry. The most notable change we expect to see is the appliance of science – new technologies and medical knowledge will allow us to improve wellbeing and wellness.
Digital detoxing is a trend that comes in and out of fashion on a pretty regular basis. It could be that in 2020 that phone usage will drop again with people choosing to take a break from the devices. A digital detox is popular for the sake of general wellbeing and mental health. Many of us are so glued to our phones that it is having a negative impact on our health and our lives.
Digital life can be addictive, thanks to the validation of getting likes and comments. However, it can also encourage us to negatively compare our lives with others, and can even cause health problems from being bent forward over a screen all the time. In 2020, expect to see people taking a break from the devices and instead prioritising real experiences. For ideas on digital detox breaks, see our wellness travel section.
This is not a new concept, Scientific American reviewed Thalma Lobel’s book Sensation: The New Science of Physical Intelligence, in 2014, but the idea is starting to grow in popularity and we expect to see rapid growth in 2020.
IQ and emotional intelligence have been talked about for a long time, but 2020 could bring physical intelligence to the masses. Essentially, physical intelligence is our ability to balance the chemicals in the body that impact how we think, feel and act. We can use physical intelligence to be better aware of how these chemicals make us feel, and how we can use movement, posture, breathing and communication to better balance them and be the best version of ourselves.
We’ve long been aware of the healing power of getting outside in nature, but the option is becoming more popular. In 2019, some doctors in the UK began prescribing gardening and caring for plants as a treatment for anxiety and depression. The idea is that ecotherapy, or any treatment that involves being outdoors, positively impacts your wellbeing. This could be gardening, walking, riding horses, or anything else that you enjoy that gets you outdoors. Ecotherapy also ties into the digital detox trend, as it focuses on getting away from screens and out into nature.
Sound Bath Healing
Meditation and mindfulness were once considered a bit out there, but have since become very popular with individuals looking to take on anxiety and stress. Sound healing works in a similar way by offering time for reflection, and seems to be creeping more into the mainstream.
Sound bathing involves ‘bathing’ in sounds, which are usually produced by crystal bowls or instruments tuned to specific frequencies. The theory is that these frequencies trigger areas of the brain which then helps you to release tension and relax. Sound bathing is often combined with meditation and yoga.
Sound baths ignore the alpha and theta brainwaves, which could increase creativity, suppress depression, and aid learning and memory. We may say more people adding these baths to their existing mindfulness practices. Virgin provide a great overview of this new trend.
Even wellness has gone online. We’re all busy, but not having enough time to take care of yourself is a poor excuse not to look after your wellbeing. Remote or virtual wellness, outside of the usual studios or classes, makes self-care more accessible to those with busier lives.
Going virtual means that even the busiest of us can find some time for more consistent wellness wherever we are. We can fit wellness into our daily routines with tools like apps or even new interactive mirrors that can guide you through yoga, meditation or fitness. Interactive wellbeing journals and more wellness apps are on the horizon.
Apps make wellness a lot more accessible. Some apps are allowing us to properly consider our breath, which can be a great tool for managing stress. Just 25 minutes of breathing techniques can help to calm your mind down, improve your cognitive function and boost your energy levels. This ability is why proper breath is so important in yoga and Pilates. With an app, you can be guided through these techniques and make the proper commitment to fit these exercises into your day. Use an app fit breathing into your day, whether it’s on your commute or just before you go to sleep. Mindful share some great free breathing apps here.
Last year, CBD oils exploded (not literally!) onto the scene. CBD is a non-psychoactive, natural supplement. The oils have been popular recently for both humans and animals and has been used to help all kinds of conditions from stress and anxiety to chronic pain. For 2020, CBD has a challenger in the form of CBG. Cannabigerol, like CBD, is a natural cannabinoid, with no THC. CBG is being tipped for the same conditions that CBD has been popular for, and may be more effective for those who haven’t found that CBD has done much for them. Is CBG the new CBD?
We may also a change in the way that CBD is used. CBD is an antioxidant, so we may see a boom in the supplement making its way into skincare products and treatments for skin conditions like acne.
Personal DNA Analysis
DNA kits have been very popular for the past few years, and have been used by people to find out more about their family background. These tests don’t seem to be going anywhere next year, and instead will start to become a popular tool for health and wellness. DNA testing can be used to give your information about your internal health. The tests can show you where you could make changes to diet and fitness regimes, and then help you track their impact. Next year, we might see people using their DNA to create a seriously personalised health and fitness regime to promote better wellness.
Wellness isn’t going anywhere in 2020 and wellness enthusiasts will be embracing all kinds of new trends. One of the main trends we can see coming in is better accessibility, from remote wellness and new and improved apps. Despite the popularity of the digital detox, we’ll still be turning to our phones to learn to meditate, take remote yoga classes, learn breathing techniques and track our ovulation. Balancing these digital wellness tools with offline methods like phone breaks and getting outdoors seems to be the key for next year. If you’re finding screens stressful, try out something new like ecotherapy instead of sticking with using wellness apps to help you feel better.
Whatever new trend you decide to try in 2020, make some time for taking care of mental wellbeing, as well as your physical health. Combine your mental wellbeing practice into your exercise routine and make sure your concentrate as much on mental health as you do on physical health. The two practices combine well together to improve your overall health and gives you better coping tools to manage the pressures and the stresses of modern life.