I’m always following trends, seeing what’s new and good and checking in to make sure I share the latest info. with all of you.
What has emerged over the past year and what will be a part of the upcoming trends for 2022 are very interesting. Take a look at what I feel are going to be the top 5:
1. Mindful Breathing
How we breathe is top of mind as we start to emerge from a global pandemic.
From the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the quality of our breathing has been a focal point of conversation. After the past two years, stress and anxiety have remained high, fueling dysfunctional breathing patterns that may keep you in a heightened, as opposed to calm, state.
Being more mindful of how you breathe ‒ the practice of breath work ‒ can reduce these anxious feelings.
One such practice is deep breathing, which in addition to lessening stress, can increase lung capacity. The goal is to build up the ability to breathe deeply during any activity, not just while at rest.
You may have thought that mindfulness, meditation and breath work were popular before, but we’re going to see an even greater push for incorporating these practices into our daily routines ‒ from employers making a conscious effort to showcase mindfulness as part of their leadership practices to an increase in consumer products like breath work trainings.
2. Personalized Nutrition
Many more people today know the importance of nutrition as the foundation for health. This means not just physical health but also mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
I’ve always practiced sharing information with my clients about how we’re all individuals and no one approach or diet will work for all. Everyone has unique circumstances that impact their wellbeing, such as their culture, environment, relationships, and lifestyle.
But today you can take your personalized nutrition up a notch and get very intimate. One such example is the free assessment I offer, where just by answering a few questions about your goals, lifestyle, health concerns, diet and doctor’s recommendations, you can receive a personalized nutrition plan that will provide specific recommendations for optimal health.
You’ll know you’re getting exactly what YOU need. No more, no less. Totally unique to YOU!
3. Mental Wellness
As the desire to manage both physical and mental health grows, so too does the acceptance of practices like therapy, counseling, and coaching. The pandemic accelerated the adoption of telehealth and virtual care in all sectors, making it more accessible for everyone.
This increased acceptance of and accessibility to mental health services has made it even more likely for many to seek out these services because it’s viewed as more of a strength rather than a weakness, the same as going to the doctor for a broken bone would be seen as a smart thing to do.
This shift in dynamic is sure to continue shaping the mental and emotional wellness scene, including working with a heath coach for support in all aspects of life, from a healthier diet to healthier relationships. My practice has grown from merely nutrition/diet support to looking at your health as a whole and treating the mental, emotional and physical body as one.
4. Emphasizing Immune Health
Have you supplemented with Vitamin C, zinc or elderberry recently? If so, you’re not alone!
A continued emphasis on defending our immune system is sure to be one of the major health trends of 2022. Not only will people continue to supplement with immune-strengthening supplements, but herbs will gain even more popularity. This includes echinacea, astragalus and elderberry. Plus, nourishing bone broths will continue to be used in home cooking.
5. Healing in Nature
Getting outdoors is one of the easiest and most beneficial things you can do to promote overall wellness. It’s uplifting, calming and has shown to positively impact your mental health. And we need this separation from stimulating environments, like being on our computers all day, that cause brain fatigue.
Getting more time outdoors is sure to be one of the top health predictions of 2022 because we’re all looking for healthy outlets.