The Global Wellness Summit held its press event at the Hearst Tower in NYC hosted by Good Housekeeping this week. At this event, they release their top heath and wellness trends for 2019.
Health and wellness goals tend to always be on vision boards and resolutions but people are staying to pay more attention to it. It doesn't mean that they will not quit their gym membership once February hits, it means that they will be more conscious of making better decisions. I'm certain that at one time in your life you started a fad diet only to realize that it was not for you
Clothing makers better take note that it's not only the eco-minded people that want sustainable and ethical clothing. Marie Kondo's Netflix series, Tidying Up, has more people purging their closets and seeking items that not only bring joy but aren't just trendy. I've already begun the process to maintaining a minimalist closet and it's freeing.
2. Wellness Takes on OverTourism
Overtourism occurs when everyone overwhelms a destination. Don't think Walt Disney World but places where the infrastructure was not designed for the 1.3 billion travelers. Most of these destinations are international but even locally we are affected. This overtourism negatively impacts local heritage and culture especially when locals are priced out.
Wellness tourism will be a key factor in determining destinations for families and solo-travelers. National chains and boutique hotels are taking note and adjusting their models to include more rooms that are allergen free, stress free, provide a relaxing atmosphere.
During the busy holiday season, my family and I lodged at the Even Hotels Midtown while in NYC. If you have ever been to New York City during the holiday season then you know just how stressful yet fun it can be. The Even Hotel provided the perfect oasis to escape and wind down.
The premium sleep system that includes eucalyptus fiber ensures a great night's sleep while the lighting options promote relaxation while you recharge for the tomorrow's activity
3. Meditation Goes Plural
We are moving with intention and it involves more than yoga. Think controlled breathing that will influence your mental, emotional and/or physical state. Gyms are making this a practice by including mindfulness exercises with classes or as a stand alone option. The surge of mindfulness technology will continue as more apps and gadgets flood the market.
4. Prescribing Nature
This approach is something that I have been suggesting to my doctors for years. The affects of Breast Cancer and the lack of sunshine tend to keep my vitamin D levels low. I always ask for a prescription to a sunny island as opposed to the medication that they prefer to prescribe.
Nature Deficit Disorder is a real thing and this fast paced world we live in often causes it. We are ignoring nature and seeing the world through social media.
5. MediScent: Fragrance Gets a Wellness Makeover
Who knew that our sense of smell was viewed as the least relevant sense? It has always impacted me especially in my attitude and what I ate. Today scientist are seeing that certain aromas have a powerful impact on our emotional and physical well being.
Scents are being used to trigger positive memories and as an anti-stress supplement. Smell registers in our brain first and if you've ever smelled the scents from a diffuser, then you know the feelings that your favorite scent illicit.
6. China- Uncovering the Wealth in Wellness
China is gearing up for this wellness explosion. Their lifestyle mimics most of what the US is trying to catch up to.
When China wakes…She will shake the world
7. Nutrition Gets Very Personalized
Ask any person looking to treat whatever ails them holistically and they will tell you the importance of personalized nutrition. It's more than just yo-yo diets but identifying foods that are right for you. Treating your body is not one size fits all.
As hemp plant’s legality becomes further understood, retailers, scientists, and manufacturers are working with it more—and paving the way for a tidal wave of research, product innovation, and distribution of hemp products. CBD – cannabidiol, a non-intoxicating compound in hemp and cannabis plants is credited with relieving anxiety, insomnia, pain, and inflammation
8. Dying Well
This struck many people as odd but as a breast cancer advocate, I have learned that how you die is as important as how you live. We all have to die so why not do it in a meaningful and peaceful way. Death doulas will fill in the gap between medicine and hospice, families and fear.