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When it comes to the current wellness craze, there is certainly a lot to keep up with. From matcha lattes to infrared saunas to goat yoga and everything in between, there’s no shortage of new and interesting ideas and products that promise us a better-lived life. But, what exactly is wellness? Simply speaking, wellness is the pursuit of living healthier. It all follows the idea that healthy living makes us feel better, which makes us happier, which in turn leads to an overall better-lived life. And really, who doesn’t want that?
The problem, as we mentioned, is that it can feel overwhelming to try and keep up with all of the latest wellness trends, which leak into the health, skin care, nutrition, exercise, spiritual, and emotional realms. To help you sort through which health and wellness trends are actually worth knowing about, we decided to create the ultimate wellness guide. Keep reading to learn about eight wellness trends that aren’t just passing fads.
You might have heard about the benefits of mindfulness meditation, or maybe you’ve even downloaded a smartphone app to guide you through a session. According to the Mayo Clinic, mindfulness is a type of meditation that helps you focus on being aware of the present moment. Goals of mindfulness include relieving various conditions, including stress and anxiety. The rise of mindfulness in popular culture is undoubtedly tied to everyone's constant connection to technology, social media, and their work lives—which can also make you more likely to experience stress and anxiety, per the Mayo Clinic. As such, mindfulness can help you improve attention and sleep and decrease job burnout. We’ll take all of the above, please!
We couldn’t talk about wellness trends without mentioning the biggest one of all: exercise. Of course, physical fitness isn’t just a trend, it’s been proven since practically the beginning of time to be beneficial to your physical and emotional health. Yoga, in particular, has risen in popularity in recent years—and for good reason. According to the Mayo Clinic, practicing yoga not only helps to keep you fit and healthy, but it can also help ward off stress. If you feel intimidated by those yogis you see on social media, posing and bending in every which way—don’t be! You don’t have to be an expert to experience the benefits of yoga. Start off by trying these 10 Yoga Poses to De-Stress with This Weekend.
Similarly, that dewy glow that comes after a yoga session has given rise to an aptly named skin care and makeup trend. Check out this article to learn more: What is Yoga Skin? Get the Scoop on the Latest Dewy Makeup Trend.
If you haven’t heard of it, allow us to introduce you to dry brushing. This method of exfoliating involves using a dry body brush (or a loofah) from head to toe to slough off dead cells on the skin’s surface. Doing it on dry skin is key since it makes for a more extreme exfoliation experience. To learn more about this technique, head to our article, What Is Dry Brushing? Learn Why Dry Brushes are Worth a Try.
Ultimate wellness starts on the inside, so we’d be remiss not to mention the beauty foods trend. This lifestyle is all about consuming foods and juices that have a positive effect on one’s health—both inside and out (yes, what you eat does affect your skin and hair!). Think: Leafy greens, brightly colored berries, and vitamin C rich fruits. Don’t worry, we won’t leave you hanging—read our articles, Beauty Foods: Beauty from the Inside Out and Does Eating Food for Healthy Hair Work?, to learn what to add to your diet.
Has a certain scent ever triggered a distant memory? It’s real—our sense of smell is very strong and can trigger emotions and memories inside us, which is the basis of aromatherapy. More specifically, aromatherapy involves the use of essential oils that are extracted from plants like lemongrass and lavender. Research is limited here, but according to the Mayo Clinic, there is evidence that aromatherapy might have health benefits such as relief of anxiety and improved sleep. Hey, we’ll take it! Try adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil into an aromatherapy diffuser before bed after learning all about The Aromatherapy Benefits of Eucalyptus.
Perhaps the trendiest wellness word of all, self-care literally means to take time out of your day and focus only on yourself. To practice self-care, all you have to do is take a moment to do something that makes you feel happy or relaxed—take a bath, read a book, give yourself an at-home facial. The options here are endless, but the end goal is always the same: When you care for yourself, you feel happier and ultimately are able to care better for those around you, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Besides, you deserve it! Have some fun with embracing self-care by incorporating it into your beauty routine with help from our article, How to Practice Self-Care with Your Beauty Routine.
Ah, the elusive work-life balance. Is it ever really possible? According to the Cleveland Clinic, signs that you are working too much (and your work-life balance is off) include the following: decreased mental health, feeling lonely, and not taking care of your physical health. Of course, when a large work project is looming it’s easier said than done to not become overly stressed. However, per the Cleveland Clinic, here’s what you can do: prioritize self-care (see previous slide), try to disconnect from your phone and email when you’re at home, and seek out professional help if necessary.
We also recommend taking advice from people with careers you admire. In our #BeautyInCharge series, different L’Oréal Paris employees offer their take on achieving a work-life balance. Start by reading #BeautyInCharge: Meet L’Oréal Paris’ Senior Manager of Digital Content and Innovation.
Has a friend ever read you your horoscope? Or attributed certain personality qualities to your astrological sign? One of the most fun wellness trends, although perhaps also the least science-based, is astrology. It involves interpreting celestial patterns into the workings of human life. In other words: Where and when you were born in relation to current star patterns is said to influence your daily life happenings. Interested? Here’s Your August 2019 Beauty Horoscope.
If you’re hooked after that, consider learning The Best Hairstyle for Your Zodiac Sign next!
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