Each passing year brings new scientific discoveries, technological innovations, and social changes that can impact our health and wellbeing. We continue to expand our personal and collective knowledge about how our bodies work and what we can do to optimize our health.
Halfway through 2022, here are some of the top wellness trends that are positively shaping our health and wellbeing.
Many new apps and gadgets have appeared on the marketplace to help you track and optimize your fitness, sleep, and stress levels. Also, therapists and healthcare providers can now expand access to care by providing digital services.
But instead of looking for more technology, more and more people are starting to focus on how to find health and happiness with less technology.
We are becoming increasingly aware of how constant screen time and social media usage can negatively impact our sleep, mood, and relationships. So, people are looking for ways to unplug and disconnect from their devices to connect with the world around them healthier.
The COVID pandemic and its economic aftermath have forced us to rethink how we work. Remote work has become the new normal for many people. And the deep entanglement of health and productivity has never been more apparent—you can’t work or earn your living if you are sick, injured, or otherwise not well.
Employees and employers are learning to prioritize health (both physically and emotionally) to create a safer, healthier, and happier work environment.
Plant-based diets are becoming more popular as people learn about the health benefits of eating less meat and processed and maximizing your intake of plant-based foods.
Beyond the ethical associations between veganism and vegetarianism, a plant-based approach to eating is an evidence-based strategy for improving your health and reducing your risk of chronic disease.
We are spending more time outdoors and connecting with nature to boost our mood, improve our sleep, and reduce stress. Whether that means going for a walk in the park, a hike in the woods, or simply spending time in your garden, being in nature is good for your body and mind.
People are also increasingly aware of the importance of maintaining the health of Earth’s ecosystems. Through soil regeneration, water conservation, and sustainable agricultural practices, we can produce more nourishing food that is better for our health and the planet’s health.
The COVID pandemic has also highlighted the importance of community and connection. We realize that our health is not just about individual choices and behaviors but also about the health of the communities we live in.
If the people around you get sick, you might get sick too. Your health is inseparable from the health of the people around you. Not just viral infections but also conditions such as depression and stress can be contagious.
Our wellbeing is deeply connected to the wellbeing of our families, friends, and neighbors. If you want to be healthy and happy, help the people around you become healthier and happier too.