2018 was the year of #selfcare – with the hashtag clocking up over 10 million posts on Instagram – and for 2019, it looks like the same holistic mindset will continue to evolve. With wellness in mind, we’ve put together our list of wellness trends that will help you be your best in 2019.
1. Hook up an IV
While the idea of an intravenous (IV) drip to tackle a hangover has been around for some time, vitamin IVs – stocked with a cocktail of nutrients to support the immune system, or boost your energy – are set to hit the mainstream as a way to recharge the body.
Medi-spas are offering a selection of IV drips that are administered over 90 minutes, with your choice of entertainment and refreshments throughout. With infusions of vitamins, minerals and aminos that aim to tackle everything from hydration to jet lag, stress and ageing to drips designed specifically for migraines and pre- and post-op recovery, could going for an IV with your crew be the new mani-pedi catch up?
2. Calm your nerves with CBD
CBD (cannabidiol) has been on the rise throughout 2018, and looks set to continue for 2019: both in skincare, with oil-based formulas and increasingly in supplements, balms or oils that focus on calming anxiety and reducing stress levels and inflammation. With legislation in Canada expected to expand to these types of products in 2019, it is sure to be the top trending wellness product of the year.
We are only scratching the surface of what cannabis can do for the health of people and planet. CBD is being studied for therapeutic options, epileptic seizures, neuropathic pain and diabetes. Yet in more recreational settings, people are finding support in reducing stress, anxiety, pain and inflammation, as well as increasing focus, regulating appetite and metabolism.
It’s all about finding balance, levelling and smoothing the sensations in the body, rather than leaving the user with a “stoned” effect – which is caused by the psychoactive compound in cannabis, THC, which has been removed from these new CBD products. A resolution to relax more? Sounds good to us…
3. One-stop wellness
Studios dedicated solely to wellness are starting to pop up across North America – taking the logistics out of self-care, with every practitioner in one place. Many members-only “wellness clubs” that combine Western medicine with Eastern healing practices under-one-roof offer everything from acupuncture to nutrition consultations and yoga. Even combining personal training with physiotherapy to maximize the use of your health plan dollars.
Despite the fast pace of city life, we’re recognizing that a quick HIIT workout isn’t going to cut it anymore. The wellness spots that go beyond this will be the places to recharge in 2019.
4. Increase your intake of mesonutrients
Macro- and micronutrients have been part of our health vocabulary for years, especially for those who record everything they eat (using apps such as MyFitnessPal). Macros are your fats, carbohydrates and proteins, and micronutrients are minerals and vitamins.
Mesonutrients, are the next level in wellness. These nutrients focus on the active ingredients and compounds within the food that have direct health benefits. For example, the super-compound in turmeric is curcumin, celebrated for its anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing properties. In order to extract the optimum dose of this active ingredient from the root (400mg), 10kgs of dried turmeric powder would have to be added to food. So beyond macro and micro-counting, a good knowledge of mesos allow us to carefully tailor our supplements too.
5. Fitness furniture is the new rage
Artificial intelligence at home is on the rise. Smart fridges that tell you what to eat are in development, with cameras inside to make meal planning easier and ordering fresh food as needed a possibility in the not too distant future. It’s like an in-house nutritionist of sorts.
6. Crystal healing
Crystals were big news in 2018, as an more of us brought an element of spirituality into our approach to wellness. We expect this soul healing practice to continue in 2019. The beauty industry is embracing the trend, from holistic treatments and even skincare where semi-precious stones are blended into formulas to balance energy and heal the skin from within.
So, how does this all work? The frequency of crystals such as rose quartz, amethyst, and malachite changes the frequency of a cream or oil to create something quite alchemical. Not only do the high-frequency minerals target signs of ageing, but self-esteem can be boosted by your daily beauty regime.
7. Stress-free workouts
In the world of workouts, HIIT (high intensity interval training) have long been the go to for time saving, hard core training. But now, there is a less aggressive approach that is making fitness more inclusive.
While exercise is known for boosting serotonin and releasing endorphins, it also spikes cortisol, the stress hormone – especially during HIIT, which kick-starts a fight or flight response. Experts are creating training sessions that are not high-intensity from start to finish. They use smarter programming and tools such as the Oura Ring that are able to monitor if an individual has recovered enough to train as feedback tools, providing data to tailor the workout depending on an individual’s physical state.
This year’s workout mantra? Listen to your body and mix up your routine.