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2020 Wellness Vision
Wellness
Published Wednesday Jan 01, 2020 by Sara Lesher

20/20 Vision: What We Are Seeing in Wellness This New Year 

Fitness
Beauty
Expert Advice

As we’re entering Gatsby-era 2.0, we’ve seen some serious changes in the last millennium. First of all, we now have this thing called wellness. If you haven’t heard, it’s got seven (beautiful) dimensions. And in 2020, we’re welcoming our well-being to an age where wellness is better than ever—and even better for you.  

So, what’s next? We’ve done the research, and here’s what we’ve got our sights set on as we kick off a new decade.

Clean Beauty

1. So fresh (and so green): All things clean

In 2019, lots of consumers chose to “go clean.” This year, we're getting to the bottom of what’s in our products. Just call us label nerds. From skincare and beauty, to the foods we eat and what we clean our homes with (shout-out: cleancult), consumers care what’s in their stuff. Brands like Ghost Democracy set the bar high, offering affordable skincare without the harsh chemicals—so when we say our beauty is natural, we’re not lying. We’re all about ditching the dirt in 2020 to protect our health and the health of Mother Earth. Go us!

Experiential Wellness

2. Worldwide wellness: There’s nothing like your first experience

Last year, our personal wellness became a priority, and this year, we're stepping it up—not just on our StairMasters. 55% of people said they're curious about experiential wellness and wellness activities in 2020, like immersing themselves in holistic events or visiting untraditional wellness locales. Now you can catch some z’s at a nap bar like The Dreamery by Casper or channel your inner Instagram fitness model at Equinox Hotels. And if you really want to take your wellness to the next level, sign up for a G Adventures Wellness Tour in one of ten beautiful destinations across South and Central America, Europe, or Asia. You can see all the sights, rest and rejuvenate with yoga and meditation, get physical during adventure activities, and try delicious, healthy power foods along the way. Where do we sign up?! Your wanderlust, wellness (and passport) will thank you.

Modern Meditation

3. Get your om on: Modern meditation for all

Although meditation isn’t a new concept (it’s at least 3500 years old, actually), it has remained popular over the years, especially as wellness becomes more and more important in our daily lives. Last year, 18% of people practiced meditation, making it the most popular form of integrative health. The places you frequent—like your spa and yoga studio—have helped to make meditation classes, sound therapy, and tarot reading more accessible to fit your everyday schedule. Plus, meditation apps and devices such as Muse 2: The Brain Sensing Headband are hot on the market this new year. Muse helps you build a consistent meditation practice by matching your brain waves to real weather sounds (think thunderstorms or peaceful waves) to help you find focus and calm... even sleep! And it shows you real-time feedback on brain activity, heart rate, breathing, and body movements right on your phone—a literal mind-reader.

Integrative Health

4. Take a chill pill: CBD, supplements, and all things integrative health

In addition to modern medicine, 68% of people believe integrative health is a good complement to increase overall wellbeing. So, what is integrative health really? It’s a holistic approach to wellness that focuses on the patient as a whole person rather than just a body with physical ailments. Basically, it’s all about that mind-body connection. In this category, we see everything from talk therapy to tea tree oil—anything that contributes to our sense of healing and wellness. Things like cupping, cryotherapy, essential oils, herbal supplements, and CBD products are sure to be on the rise in 2020. Our favorite? Jasper’s Relax CBD oil. It’s important to take time for self-care, and this magic little potion can help reduce anxiety, improve sleep, and relieve pain. It’s the perfect addition to your daily routine to help you relax and unwind.

Personalized Wellness

5. Let’s get personal: Personalized products that are all about you

Over the past few years, we’ve seen more and more brands offering personalized and subscription-based products. It’s like Netflix for your mind, body and soul. Brands like Sun Basket serve up healthy meals and let you choose your own combination of items to be shipped to your house each month (shut the front door!). And to kick it up a notch, some companies have found a way to make your Buzzfeed quiz hobby actually productive. They ask you questions about your lifestyle and desires to create personalized products just for you. Kyoku post-workout shakes, Ritual vitamins, and Prose haircare all want to get to know you in 2020!

Convenient Beauty

6. Easy breezy: Beauty on-the-go

When it comes to beauty, we all want to say we woke up like this *wink, wink.* Unfortunately, we’re not all Queen Bey (some of us have to try!). But this year, consumers are saving themselves the smudgy nail polish mess and frizzy post-blow-dry hair and opting for help from the pros. More than ever, people like to book quick, convenient beauty services rather than trying them at home—because nobody’s got time for that. Primping and pampering are going mainstream. Lash extensions, gel nails, facials, and blow-dry bars are easy and popular on-the-go options for any occasion that won’t quit in 2020. Pro tip: check out MudbuM for quick facials and Drybar for blowouts!

Group Fitness

7. Better together: You don’t have to be alone (for your workout)

"Ridin’ Solo" is so 2010. According to Mindbody’s 2020 Fitness Trends in America report, group fitness is hotter than ever (for good reason!). Working out with a group leaves people more satisfied with their fitness level, generally happier, and closer with their friends, family, and communities. Another bonus: people who worked out the most this year did it to live long, healthy lives rather than to lose weight (sweating for self-confidence—we love to see it!). Studios like Shred415 and The Bar Method will still be all the rage in 2020. To find and try new group fitness classes, check out the Mindbody app
 
 

If you'd like to find out even more on 2020 fitness, wellness, and beauty trends, explore the Mindbody Wellness Index!

Sara Lesher
Written by
Sara Lesher
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As Mindbody’s marketing content associate, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).
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Wellness
Published Thursday Apr 01, 2021 by Denise Prichard

Your Guide to Releasing Stress and Finding Peace

Expert Advice
Wellness
Self-care

Since 1992, April has been recognized as Stress Awareness Month. It was established to help shed light on the issues behind stress, teach us how to fight it, and create methods to overcome it. While this initiative has existed just shy of three decades, this year it seems particularly important.

With a year under our belts in pandemic mode—a lot of us had to get creative when it came to keeping our cool. On top of that, everyday stresses didn’t just magically disappear during this time either. Just think about it—have you ever been in a situation that was overwhelming? Maybe you’ve had a looming deadline or a to-do list that seems, well...totally un-doable? If you’ve ever felt you were in over your head, please know you’re not alone—you never are. At one time or another, we’ve all been affected by stress—although each person may manifest it differently. Me? I'm definitely a frequent rider on the "hot mess stress express."

There are many ways to help combat stress—some of us seek out support from friends and family, while others find solace in taking up meditation or unwinding with a relaxing yoga class. Whatever helps you find peace, just keep doing you. But also know we have some resources to help you overcome stress whenever the need arises.

Here are some blog posts that are always available to you when you feel a little stressed out:

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1. Foundational Steps to Cultivating a Daily Self-love Practice  

When in doubt, breathwork expert and sound healer, Shanila Sattar, always has tips to help ground yourself—especially in times of need. In this blog post, she gives you the recipe for incorporating self-love into your daily routine by encouraging us to ask ourselves these questions: How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love? As we all know, self-love defines and redefines itself for everyone over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey. 

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2. I Tried Virtual Meditation...Here’s What I Learned 

Yoga Nidra, or “yogic sleep,” is a practice that has been around for thousands of years and it aims to restore the mind, body, and soul through deep, guided meditation. The way it works is like the way a power nap helps one feel refreshed during a particularly exhausting day, except you aren’t technically sleeping. I describe it as a long-form of savasana—anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour. (Real talk: savasana is one of the best parts of practicing yoga, am I right?) 

TLDR: I learned that I could conquer stress in a matter of minutes with Yoga Nidra. 

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3. Accessible Yoga Poses for Emotional Balance and Release 

Are we safe in saying this last year brought up a ton of emotions the likes of which we did not plan for? The good, the bad, the “unprecedented”—our hearts and minds have been taken on a wild rollercoaster ride, and for many of us, our mental health is suffering. With our minds running in thousands of directions, it’s hard to notice our own needs. Yes, our attention to the goings-on of last year is vital but caring for ourselves is as important as ever. Here are some tips from our favorite yoga instructor, Dani Schenone.  

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4. Top Breathing Exercises for Anxiety and Depression and The New Normal

Have you been feeling it? The big emotion floating around the last year is the Big Anxiety. Coupled with the stress of what the COVID-19 pandemic has bought for millions of people, disturbed wellness routines, and worry, we have a recipe to create massive damage to ourselves. Adjusting to the new normal, with social distancing practices in place and adapting to precautions and routines, may be the root of even more anxiousness for many as we’re navigating uncharted territories.

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5. The "Staying Grounded" Guide to Stress and Anxiety Pre- and Post-COVID-19

If you've got those familiar feelings of stress and anxiety coursing through your body right now, you're definitely not alone. We get it. Times are uncertain, our mental health is taxed, we're doing what we can to reduce stress and anxiety in general, and relaxation has taken a back seat. It’s no secret that stress is proven to weaken our immunity, so now more than ever, it's important to relax, deal with what's happening, and find the coping mechanisms to help you reclaim your mental health and reduce your involvement in stressed moments. Let's deal with stress and anxiety together and see what we can do to reduce them.

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6. How to Meditate: A Beginner's Guide

Meditation will change your life if you let it. The pace of our modern life is at least ten times what it was just 10 years ago. Technology improved our lives but also created a more frenetic and stressful pace. If we decided to stop, breathe, and become more mindful, we would reduce stress and experience much more enjoyment in each moment of our everyday lives.

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7. Cultivate Your Calm with These 7 Yoga Poses

There’s always something to worry about. Whether it’s our career, relationships, dating, or trauma, we go through moments that bombard us with negative thoughts that can make us feel anxious and stressed. Our worries may often define our choices, our view of the world, or ourselves. This doesn’t mean they are faults, flaws, or downfalls—we just need to practice managing them in a healthy way, placing deserved value on self-care. Yoga is only one connection. Check out these seven yoga poses that can help your mind and body when you’re experiencing anxiety, depression, or overall stress.

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8. Mindfulness Tips to Stay Intentional, Focused, and Aligned in 2021

We’re all guilty of our routines and habits running our lives at one point or another. We’re all guilty of being attached to our schedules and our to-do list. We’re all guilty of running on a loop every now and then. As the energies of 2021 continue to shift, we get to ask ourselves the intentions of why and how we are participating in the places we are participating in, the thoughts we are thinking, the habits we are cultivating, and the communities that we are a part of. This intention and mindfulness process can not only shift our own experiences but of those around us as well.

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9. Why It's Time to Try a Healing Virtual Sound Bath

If you have found meditation to be useful in trying times, right now is an incredible time to also try virtual sound baths to receive the deep sound healing benefits. As many of us are processing a variety of emotions as a collective—stress, worry, fear, anxiety, uncertainty—we can start to cause long-term damage to our bodies, especially to our immune and nervous systems. Giving ourselves self-care in a way that is easy, non-intrusive, and simple, can be the perfect way to help your body restore.

These resources aren’t the only thing we have to help you deal with stress—they’re just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, there are tons of classes available to you on the Mindbody app and through Mindbody Flex to help you reignite your calm whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed. And always remember, at the end of the day, your best is always good enough.  

denise prichard
Written by
Denise Prichard
Marketing Content Specialist
About the author
Denise Prichard is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and an experienced content marketing professional with a penchant for writing compelling copy within the health, wellness and beauty industries. When she isn't writing or editing, you can find her teaching yoga classes, at a spin class or hanging out with her rescue pups.