Try these health and wellness trends 2022 that can improve your physical and mental health. These self-care activities can lower stress and boost happiness.
This New Year, why not make a resolution to show yourself some love? You deserve it!
The Global Wellness Institute defines wellness as “the active pursuit of activities, choices, and lifestyles that lead to a state of holistic health.” Wellness is a proactive approach that enables you to thrive in a variety of areas in your life, including:
When you prioritize wellness, you might find that you feel happier and more relaxed. Consider the following wellness trends 2022 that can add more energy and satisfaction to your life.
In the past decade, meditation has exploded in popularity. The most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 14.2% of American adults meditated in 2017, an increase from 4.1% in 2012. Meditation continues to be one of the top self-care trends for 2022 because it’s easy to do anywhere, any time.
There’s no “right” way to meditate, though there are many different types. Meditation often involves clearing your mind and focusing on silence and breathwork, or listening to a guide or musician and focusing on the sounds you’re hearing.
Meditation is a great way to reduce stress and improve both mental and physical health. According to the American Psychological Association, mindfulness using meditation can reduce pain and boost your immune system.
To meditate, find a quiet, private place. Try to be still, quiet, and focus on your breath for several minutes while closing your eyes. Or, look up a free meditation video on YouTube or use an app like Calm to listen to guided meditations.
2. Flotation therapy
Ever wonder what it felt like way back when you were in the womb? With flotation therapy, you can sort of re-create that feeling, all while you relax and drift off into peacefulness.
Flotation therapy spas typically use a mixture of Epsom salt and water to create a buoyed sensory experience in a tank, sometimes called sensory deprivation tanks. Spa-goers get into the flotation tank and relax for a period of time in a zero-gravity environment.
Some flotation therapy spas are completely dark, so the only sensation you encounter is floating. Others use different colored lights to transport floaters into otherworldly experiences.
Flotation spa therapy may provide benefits like increased blood flow, improved cardiovascular health, elevated endorphins and dopamine, and better sleep. You can try it for yourself to see how you benefit, even if it’s just an hour of relaxing peace and quiet from the outside world.
How does an ice bath sound? Believe it or not, some places charge money to have you jump into a freezing cold bath for a few minutes since this type of cold therapy could provide various mental and physical benefits.
Cold therapy, also known as cryotherapy, is available in various forms. In addition to ice baths, there are cryotherapy chambers where you stand in extremely cold temperatures for several minutes.
Professional athletes frequently use cryotherapy for healing and post-competition relief. You might try cryotherapy for benefits like reduction of migraine symptoms, reduced pain, and improved mood.
Want to dip your toe into cryotherapy before going all-in? Next time you feel muscle pain or soreness, apply an ice pack to the affected area for a few minutes. You can also fill a paper cup three-quarters of the way with water, freeze it, and use the cup to perform an “ice massage” on any sore areas at home.
4. Touchless facials
Let’s *face* it. We’ve been less hands-on in the past couple of years due to unforeseen circumstances. You can still get your favorite facial services, though, just in a touchless procedure. Touchless facials have become one of the biggest wellness trends post-COVID.
How exactly do touchless facials work? Spas and aestheticians who offer them will typically:
For example, a facialist might use a probe with a microcurrent to apply facial benefits. Mask brushes and other hand tools can apply serums and face masks.
If you want glowing skin without going into a spa, there are increasingly sophisticated at-home facial kits on the market, too. You can give yourself chemical peel treatments, use facial sculpting wands, and even fade dark spots at home with a hyperpigmentation corrector.
In addition to revealing glowing skin that boosts your self-confidence, facials can provide other benefits, like reduced stress and improved blood circulation.
5. Decluttering and minimalism
Professional organizers like Marie Kondo and simplicity evangelists The Minimalists have found a home on streaming to spread the value of organizing, decluttering, and consuming less to make space for what matters.
Getting rid of things that don’t serve you or that you rarely use can provide mental health benefits. According to “Psychology Today,” tidying up your living spaces can decrease stress, promote productivity, and improve focus. Organizing your space can even increase your self-esteem.
Take a baby-step approach to keep it fun. You might commit to tackling one area of your home a week, like a closet or a junk drawer. Take everything out of the space, then decide what you’ll keep, donate, or discard.
You can also increase your financial wellness by committing to only buying things you need or that will, as Kondo says, “spark joy.” One technique? Wait a day before you purchase something, whether it’s online or in a store. If you still feel like you want/need the purchase after sleeping on it, go for it. This strategy can help you save more and avoid purchasing things that clutter up your home or add financial and mental stress to your life.
Prioritize your well-being in 2022
Embracing these 2022 self-care trends can help improve your mental and physical health and live a happier life.
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