According to the Global Wellness Institute, the worldwide wellness economy is worth more than $3.4 trillion and it is three times larger than the global pharmaceutical industry. With its four key sectors, beauty and anti-aging, healthy nutrition, wellness tourism and fitness and mind/body, it is undeniable that the concept of healthy lifestyle is slowly entering into every facet of life and that we’re finally adopting the idea that prevention is better than cure.
The Power of Juice
Jenny Ziegler, a global food and drink analyst at Mintel, said that artificial is a public enemy number one when it comes food and drink trends in 2016. An increasing number of consumers demand natural and less-processed food and drinks. In addition, Kombucha and maple water are fast-replacing coconut water. Kombucha is a drink made when green or black tea is fermented with bacteria or yeast, while maple water is lower in sugar and calories than coconut water since it is made with maple sap. However, starting your day with lemon water is not the latest craze, but a gold standard for healthy living. Juice companies are constantly competing, with Juicero leading the way.
Music as Stress Relief
“There’s been a crazy explosion of sound baths,” Sara Auster, a sound healer told Well+Good in October last year. And she is absolutely right. The Sound Space, Temple of Intuition and NTM Sound Healing are some of the sound bath studios in New York and Los Angeles. The Big Quiet, known for organizing mass mediation, like the one in Central Park hosted a sound bath on a boat. Yogis complement their classes with these rituals, especially with a gong bath.
Dating back 20,000 years ago when the Aborigines used a sound healing tool called didgeridoo, musical interventions are now scientifically proved to be beneficial. A research team led by Prof. Daniel J. Levitin of McGill University reviewed 400 papers on the neurochemistry of music and found that music improves the immune system and reduces the levels of stress.
Reorganizing your Living Space
The feng shui concept of decluttering was raised to a whole new level when Marie Kondo, a Japanese woman published a book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. The book inspired the people around the world to see their home as a sanctuary. And decluttering is just a beginning. The New York Times reported on the latest “it” plant of the design world – the fiddle-leaf fig plant, native to western Africa.
In a HouseBeautiful article, Jenny Komenda emphasized the popularity of earthy colors not on walls, but on furnishings and accessories, while Martyn Lawrence Bullard chose emerald green to be the most popular color of 2016. “Like putting a plant in a room, it brings life to a space. Everything feels fresher and takes on this luxurious vibe”, Martyn explained.
Being One with Nature
Tasting nature in all its glory and connecting to the outdoor environment has never been more in vogue than today. Earthing, referring to being in physical contact with the Earth (for instance, when you are barefoot in the grass), is a wellness trend of 2013, yet its message still resonates in 2016. Shinrin-yoku, or a forest therapy was developed in 1980s in Japan. Spending time under the canopy of trees reduces stress, improves sleep, increases energy levels and boosts the immune system. Practicing SUP yoga is another chance to experience the beauty of the outdoors, this time on the water.
Staying Healthy when Traveling
If you know that an average wellness tourist spends 130% more than the regular one, it comes as no surprise that the Westin Hotels launched a campaign – the Westin Well-Being Movement in 2014. Today a growing number of hoteliers are investing in so-called wellness hotels. Treehouse Retreats, 1 Hotel, Rancho La Puerta and Canyon Ranch are some of the examples of the trend. Bali is a perfect place for your spiritual growth. You can sign up for Bali yoga teacher training and embrace the power of yoga which you can then share with others
There are many health retreats in Australia that offer quality packages with the ultimate goal of complete rejuvenation of both the mind and the body. If you think Australia is too far away, don’t worry; the airports of the future are the real health hubs with wellness offerings. Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport offers passengers a unique opportunity to charge their phones by pedaling at a cycling desk. Dubai’s International Airport has a gym, private shower rooms, Jacuzzis, saunas and massage rooms. If you happen to be at Sydney Airport, take up a yoga session in the Lorna Jane Active Living Room.
Changing your Mindset
Before you take up a yoga class, or change your diet, change your mindset, since it is the best step towards improving your life. Turn down negative self-talk. Stop trying to control the uncontrollable. Stay positive in negative situations. Recenter yourself by slowing down your breath. Honor yourself and your values. Do not underestimate the importance of me time.
Virginia Satir once said: “Life is not what it’s supposed to be. It’s what it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference”. And these wellness trends can certainly help you in this respect.
About the Author: Nicole is an avid traveler passionate about yoga and healthy living. She always seeks new adventures and enjoys sharing her experiences with others. You can find her on Twitter and FB
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