Has it been two years already since a global pandemic turned our lives upside down? No, we’re not talking about The Upside Down from Netflix’s Stranger Things but our very own Demogorgon, Covid-19.
As the virus slowly loses its firm grasp across the world, the popularity of different health and wellness trends has shifted into top gear.
Everyone’s trying to keep themselves as fit as possible in the case, you know, our world is rocked by yet another global catastrophe (sincerely hoping for zombies this time).
So, expect to see a lot of health and wellness trends in the remaining half of 2022. Some really beneficial, others straight up bizarre.
But here are the ones you need to keep your eyes peeled for:
Don’t worry – there’s no actual bathing required for this wellness trend. 😝
It all started in 1982, when the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries coined the term shinrin-yoku, translating to “forest bathing” or “absorbing the forest’s atmosphere.”
People were encouraged to practice shinrin-yoku for two reasons: to protect the country’s forests and help people reconnect with their surroundings. 🌲
40 years later, “forest bathing” has somehow found its way back to human civilization, but we’re not complaining. After all, ecotherapy offers plenty of advantages, from lowering blood pressure to enhancing self-awareness.
Although the name may suggest otherwise, you don’t necessarily have to find a dense forest to practice the trend. It just has to be a natural setting, like a beach or a park. 🏖
Oh, and remember to turn your electronic devices off cause that’s the whole point of “forest bathing.”
Time to pair that “Zoom Shirt” with comfortable pajamas.
As of writing this blog, more than 30 companies in the US have adopted a “4-day workweek” without making adjustments in the wages of their employees. And if reports are to be believed, more organizations will follow suit.
In addition, more than 25 US companies have permanently switched to remote working. 💻
Some people may argue that this isn’t exactly a wellness trend. However, when you consider the fact that companies are adopting it for the overall well-being of their employees and the climate, it’s anything but.
Employees would get to save their precious time, work from virtually anywhere, and enjoy a good work-life balance – all while being highly productive.
It’s a win-win situation! 😍
There’s a shroom boom coming! ☕
Remember “dalgona coffee”? Of course, you do! It was all anyone could talk about during the Covid-19 pandemic. But the trend’s popularity died down as fast as it went up.
Hopefully, mushroom coffee won’t join the same fate. The concept behind it is simple, and so is the recipe: mushroom extracts blended with coffee beans or tea leaves.
But these mushrooms aren’t the ones you put on top of your pizza. 🍕
Instead, they contain medicinal properties and have been used for centuries. Some of the health advantages they offer include a strong immune system, better heart health, and alleviated anxiety symptoms.
So, if you’re looking for a healthier alternative to your Morning Joe, try mushroom coffee.
Learn a thing or two from sloths who never hurry yet accomplish everything!
While you’re vacationing in a foreign country, you’re tempted to visit as many places as possible in a limited time.
But why not stop by to smell the roses? Or engage in meaningful conversations with the locals? Or try Köttbullar from that cozy little restaurant in the middle of a busy street?
All these questions can be answered by slow travel – a different approach to traveling that emphasizes experiencing the present rather than rushing your trip.
Touted to be the “next big thing” of the tourism industry, slow travel’s popularity increased tenfold post-Covid-19. And contrary to popular belief, it’s not anti-technology. 📵
In fact, a lot of people have been working remotely while slow traveling, striking the right work-life balance.
Because you’re more than your bad days. ♥
It’s quite unfortunate that we had to battle a global pandemic to prioritize our mental health. But better late than never, right?
Thankfully, self-care is becoming quite common, especially amongst Millennials and Gen-Zs. This is very healthy considering 53% of the former and 57% of the latter reported that the pandemic negatively affected their mental health.
There are plenty of ways through which people have been taking care of their mental health. Some have started jotting down their feelings in a journal, while others binge-watch their favorite Netflix series.
It’s unconventional, but if watching Schitt’s Creek for the umpteenth time makes you feel less stressed, you do you. 👑
Be mindful and moderate in drinking, even if it’s a shot of tequila. People either hate or love alcohol – there’s no middle ground. But what if it didn’t have to be black and white?
What if there was a space between them?
Mindful drinking is that gray space. It’s an approach that lets you enjoy alcohol to have a good time but not so much that you get a hangover or suffer other side effects. And unsurprisingly, more and more people have adopted this wellness trend in 2022. Most of them are opting for no-to-low alcohol-based drinks and capitalizing on incredible benefits, including:
The Devil does NOT wear Prada. 👠
This one’s a bit doozy, so please reserve your judgment until the end.
Most health and wellness trends in 2022 are all about connecting with Mother Nature. But grounding might’ve taken it a bit too literally. 🌱
Grounding is a practice where people walk barefoot to “electrically connect” their bodies to the earth. It follows the idea that shoes prevent humans from soaking up all the beneficial ions from the ground, which is why you must plant your bare feet on the earth.
It may sound like a bunch of mumbo jumbos, but grounding’s benefits are supported by research and science. The wellness trend can improve cardiovascular health, increase platelet count, and repair muscle damage. 🔁
We’re halfway through 2022, and we’ve seen some incredible health and wellness trends. While you wait for more of them to spring up, why not give the ones mentioned in this blog a try?
Since it’ll be your first time trying any of these trends, remember there’s a time and place to practice them. If you attend your best friend’s wedding reception barefoot and people start calling you a “weirdo,” that’s on you, not us. 🙄
Michael found his calling in writing ever since he hit his teens. As a content writer, Michael loves delving deep into the latest eCommerce and fashion trends and adding his unique touch to everything he writes.
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