THE TOP WELLNESS TRENDS OF 2019 ARE HERE!
It’s that time of year, when we ditch baggage from the last 365 days and refresh our lives for the future. And while that looks different for every person, there’s no denying that we can all use a little more wellness in our day-to-day lives. Might that mean putting a weekly yoga class on your calendar? Adding adaptogens to your diet? Practicing self-affirmations at the start of your day?
However you choose to make the next 12 months your best ones yet is a deeply personal decision, but there are some pretty big wellness trends on the horizon—and they might be just what you need to jumpstart the new year. Here are the top 10 wellness trends for 2019, according to leading experts.
Ayurveda’s going mainstream
“Ayurvedic herbs [are going] mainstream. Ashwagandha and holy basil have been utilized and revered in India for thousands of years. In Ayurveda, each of these plants is considered a rasayana, or a restorative tonic that increases health and longevity. Today, Ashwagandha, holy basil and turmeric, are showing up everywhere, from adaptogenic supplements that support a healthy response to stress, to your herb-boosted green smoothie in the morning,” said Erin Stokes, naturopathic doctor and medical director at MegaFood.
CBD gets bigger than ever
"While CBD was all the rage in 2018, it continues to grow in 2019 with the newly passed Farm Bill, which removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act. We will see more CBD products target specific ailments with complementary natural ingredients, bringing us into a new era of plant-based wellness. [There will also be more] products that market themselves as full-spectrum or whole plant-CBD, which means it includes a wide range of cannabinoids and contains a variety of essential vitamins and other ingredients, bringing on many more benefits,” said Megan Villa, creative and content director of Svn Space.
The bush is back
“Big Bush Energy, a term coined by the Well+Good editors and inspired by Pete Davidson of SNL, [is a] cultural wake-up call in beauty that’s making waxing optional and is rooted in the body-inclusivity movement. With more products to promote fem care launching regularly (the market is anticipated to reach $42.7 billion by 2022), and brand advertisements acknowledging fuzz-friendly choices for personal grooming (Billie to Adidas), we are seeing women embrace their bodies and feeling empowered to rock the hair that's natural down there,” said Melisse Gelula, co-founder of Well+Good (which made its own 2019 wellness trends predictions).
Dental care will become a regular part of your wellness routine in 2019, experts say.
Self-care for your smile
“I predict dental and oral care will play a larger role in overall self-care in 2019. While brushing our teeth twice a day and flossing have been ingrained in most of us since childhood, we’re now seeing growth in this category. From increased access to care with doctor-directed, at-home invisible aligner therapy and professional-grade whitening systems, to new electronic toothbrush subscriptions, an industry that historically hasn’t changed a ton is finally being disrupted in an impactful way to get consumers to make oral health a priority,” said Dr. Jeffrey Sulitzer, DMD, chief clinical officer at SmileDirectClub.
One-stop shops for wellness
“One-stop wellness centers are trending. In Los Angeles, we already have Upgrade Labs and Next Health, and New York’s getting The Well. I believe that we’ll have more modern wellness clubs surface. The appeal of going to only one place that offers all the different holistic modalities that we’d normally have to drive all over town for not only feeds people’s need for convenience, but it also creates a community within each of these centers,” said Serena Poon, celebrity chef, nutritionist and founder of Just Add Water.
Unplugging from the digital world
“We are seeing a variety of apps and tools that help us monitor our use of social media. Sometimes consuming social media is important and can be helpful, but we often access this information mindlessly. I think we will continue to become more aware of the way we consume content, allowing us to unplug and avoid digital distractions that are not helpful,” said Dr. Alka Gupta, co-director of the Integrative Health and Wellbeing program at NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine.
Finding big meaning in small rituals
“My prediction for 2019 wellness is the practice of creating small moments of magic for ourselves throughout our daily lives—making space for the action of lighting a candle to create a cozy environment, for the ritual of cleansing with sage to re-set your space, and the motion of putting on your favorite kimono to feel a moment of luxury. This shift in thinking is easy and it doesn’t cost a thing. This year, we’ll all be shifting into a practice of curating moments that make us pause, appreciate and realize we deserve beautiful moments whenever and wherever we can get them,” said Ashli Stockton, founder and chief executive of Sunday Forever.
Workouts for the soul
“The most successful fitness workouts will create a space to tap into the emotional zone, where people can shift not only their physical energy, but more importantly their emotional energy. It’s a form of active meditation at a time where people are hyper-focused on taking care of their emotional and spiritual self, just as much as their physical self, so combining the two will be important this year,” said Tevia Celli, director of education at CycleBar.
Ditch your bio-hacking gadgets—self-care gets intuitive in 2019, according to wellness experts.
Getting back to simple
“The emerging health trend for 2019 will be in sharp contrast to the technology-driven, metric-obsessed bio-hacking movement of the last several years. People are longing for permission to simplify, unplug and connect in meaningful ways. Enter rewilding. In human terms, rewilding means allowing the human animal to return to its natural state—moving, resting and eating in conjunction with our circadian rhythms, without relying on apps or [fitness monitors] to tell us when, what and where. We instinctively know how to care for ourselves, so look for a move away from health gurus and fitness experts, and the emergence of homespun, nature-based and community-oriented practices like forest bathing, outdoor churches, natural movement throughout the day and intuitive, whole-foods eating,” said Dr. Lisa B. Nelson, director of medical education at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health.
Wellness for our finances
“In 2019, I think we’ll see more and more Millennials turning to self-driven financial wellness strategies as we learn from our past and work with our present to take control of our financial future. When I teach financial literacy to high school students, we focus on identifying needs and wants, budgeting, credit and debt management and creating an investment portfolio that aligns with the individual with her or his goals. Students learn they are the drivers of their own financial future and the creators of their financial wellness,” Christine Galib, entrepreneurship diploma director and wellness director at The Village School.
Reposted from forbes.com