Experts are saying that 2020 is going to be a good year. We’re already halfway through the first month and the year has gotten off to a good start. Festivities are slowly coming to an end, everyone is getting back into routine after the holiday season and things are looking bright for the year ahead. The 2010’s truly highlighted the importance of self-care, mental health, wellbeing and spirituality. And luckily for you, the wellness trend is all set to trend in 2020 as well.
Things in 2020 are about to get taken up a notch. From eating the right foods, to face workouts, to learning how to actually breathe properly; things are about to get a whole lot bigger. And so, we compiled a list of some of the biggest wellness trends to look out for this year.
1. Switching Up Your Diet Completely
Towards the end of 2019, documentaries such as The Game Changers, Carnage and Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret have brought to light the benefits of plant-based diets, and meat alternatives are booming. A statistic, according to The Vegan Society claims that only 40 per cent of the global population will be consuming meat by 2040, with 35 per cent eating clean lab-grown meat and 25 per cent using vegan-meat replacements. While you may not be ready to completely cut meat out of your diet just yet, you can try reducing the number of times a week you consume it. You’ll feel better, look better and we bet your skin will be glowing!
2. Give Your Face A Workout
Last year, the jade roller was having a major moment. It was hailed by beauty experts and influencers as the most important tool for your face as it promised to reduce facial puffiness, calm inflammation and iron out those wrinkles. The facial roller is said to kick the lymphatic system into gear by draining excess lymph fluid (which helps the body remove toxins); this resculpts the face, improves circulation and reduces water retention. Sports massages, which also target lymphatic drainage, are available at most fitness centres — but for 2020, face-only workout studios are starting to pop up! Can you believe it?
3. Put That Phone Away
Now we all have the option to check our screen time on our phone’s and if you’re anything like us, then it’s never really a healthy number. A study from May 2019 found that a person’s average screen time is 3 hours and 23 minutes per day — or 50 days every year. As a result, opticians are concerned about the long-term effects of blue light (emitted from the sun and now delivered in high-energy, flickering doses from fluorescent and LED screens, too). While blue light has some reported benefits, too much of it has been linked to insomnia and macular degeneration.
So, for 2020, it’s time to limit screen time. Technology companies are now taking steps to reduce that exposure. The iPhone for example, now has a night shift mode which radiates a filtered, warmer light. Blue-light-blocking glasses are becoming popular, too. And if you don’t want to indulge in the technology, start limiting your screen time by putting your screens away at least an hour before bed.
4. Breath In, Breathe Out (Properly)
Everyone knows how to breathe, it’s just what we do, right? Wrong! According to The Breathing Room, majority of people use only 25 per cent of their full respiratory capacity, which meanms that improper breathing is a contributing factor to ill health. You will now find health and fitness trainers incorporating more breathing exercises into the sessions and actually teaching people how to breathe properly. Breathing properly is rather powerful as it increases energy, builds a stronger immunity system and can help you to effectively manage stress.
Try incorporating these wellness steps into your everyday life and live a healthier and happier 2020.