Wellness Trends to Watch Out For In 2018
This year has been all about hygge, mental wellbeing and mindfulness. But what’s 2018 got in store? Let’s look at a few of the wellness trends that are going to keep us calm and collected in the new year:
Sounding like a cross between sushi and a Japanese martial art, wabi-sabi is the newest craze to rock the wellness world. Wabi, meaning ‘transient beauty, and sabi, meaning ‘to see through appreciative eyes’, is all about embracing imperfection and appreciating the simple pleasures in life. That vase with a crack in it that’s been passed down the generations? That’s wabi-sabi. A single daisy your child picked for you and placed in an egg cup? That’s also wabi-sabi. Essentially wabi-sabi is the antithesis of mass consumerism and mass production. It’s about revelling in the beauty of simple things.
In terms of fitness, wabi-sabi is about exercising in nature, rather than in an overpriced gym. If you can practice some type of yoga or meditation in a natural, peaceful and uncluttered environment, you’re winning on all wabi-sabi levels.
Move over fitness trackers, because 2018 is all about the mind trackers. Mental health has been at the forefront of the health world over the last couple of years, with greater understanding, acceptance and admission that many of us have varying degrees of mental health problems. Whether it’s work related stress, anxiety, depression or any other issue, most importantly it’s now being spoken about.
We’ve already seen apps such as Headspace and Buddhify capture the market. But trackers are now being developed to help monitor our breathing patterns with a view to working out exactly when and what causes us stress. It’s thought these devices will also pay attention to the way in which we sleep, recording different levels of sleep and relating it to how stressed we are feeling.
The phrase ‘disconnect to reconnect’ is going to be big in 2018. Many of us have a love-hate relationship with our phones and social media. As much as we try, we can’t ignore the pings of status updates, Whatsapp messages and Insta stories. Trying to ignore them results in a twitchy, restless urgency; a need to know what we’re missing out on. But the only thing we’re actually missing out on is real life, which is why digital detoxes will become big business.
Mindfulness has long been on our radar. In fact we’ve been told to be mindful of pretty much everything in our lives. Mindful eating, colouring, breathing and exercise; nothing escapes the mindfulness mantra. But mindfulness on its own is a present moment non-judgmental awareness. When we add kindness to mindfulness we get ‘kindfulness.’ According to Buddhist monk Ajahn Brahm, the practice of kindfulness opens our hearts to others as well as to ourselves, which allows for true relaxation.
In terms of how to be kindful, positive affirmation cards are a great way to start the day, as is smiling at your reflection in the mirror, or paying yourself a well-deserved compliment. Or you could try giving metta meditation a go, which is a form of meditation that involves sending goodwill and kindness through a series of repeated silent chants. And then there’s being kind to others; something that should be so simple, yet we often find ourselves forgetting, or not prioritising, or even believing we don’t have the time. It’s not difficult to smile, it’s not difficult to send someone a letter, pick up the phone and give someone a call rather than a text message. And it’s not difficult to help someone out if they need it.
Plus, from a purely selfish point of view, being kind to people gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling inside, and anything that makes you feel good has got to be good for you.
All these things are going to help us look after ourselves better in 2018, but why wait until then? A therapeutic massage at Castle Thai Spa is a great way to look after yourself now. Call us on 0131 629 0794.