As we get ready to say farewell to 2018, we’re gazing into our crystal ball (well, researching trends… but that doesn’t create as nice a picture does it?) to see what wellness trends and changes we’ll be seeing in 2019…
Sustainability and Eco Friendly
People’s interest in sustainability and investing in eco friendly goods and services has been on the increase for some time, but 2019 will see it step to the forefront. It will become less of a ‘nice to have’ and move into the essential / non negotiable category.
Waste management is a huge one. 2018 has been a year when the enormity of plastic pollution has been brought to everyone’s attention as well as the realisation that things are not always as eco friendly as they seem (we’re looking at you disposable coffee cups!).
Reducing waste, recycling and ethical practices will also be embraced more by individuals in their day to day lives as well as being required from businesses. Plastic free, compostable or biodegradable packaging and BYO containers when buying bulk will become more mainstream and we’ll be seeing a return to backyard herb and veggie gardens – YAY!
Stay tuned as we begin to share BTS on what we’re doing in this space 🌿
Bio hacking is basically using ‘hacks’ to upgrade the way you function biologically – some more extreme than others. Ranging from changing sleep patterns, eating superfoods and taking specific supplements to help you feel and perform at your best, bio hacking uses biology and a little self-experimentation* to find the ‘hacks’ that work best for you.
In 2019, we’ll be more aware of how to get the best out of our bodies and will create routines to support this. From identifying food sensitivities you never knew you had through elimination diets to simply sleeping more and meditating, a lot of popular bio hacks are fairly simple and work to ‘undo’ poor habits.
One of the top contenders to take over your feeds in the New Year is Intermittent Fasting (IF). Which is basically changing your eating patterns to only eat within a set window of time. With a range of methods, benefits (and of course, some risks), IF’s popularity and prevalence is set to rise.
*We’re not doctors and unless you’re a GP, MD or other medically qualified professional we recommend you go and visit one before trying anything.
Skin Is In
Skin care is still a focus with more products, practices and information to help us get our natural glow through healthy skin on the way. Beauty is a huge industry and does not look set to slow any time soon.
The difference that we will see in 2019 is more and more brands embracing natural products and methods to nurture and improve your skin health. Key natural beauty trends to watch out for:
- Natural, active ingredients including the increase in collagen boosting and marine based ingredients
- Customisation and prescriptive beauty treatments which are tailored to the individual
- The addition of gem stones, crystals and botanicals for treatment, balancing and healing properties
- The rise in cruelty free accreditation, especially as larger brands feel the pressure to adhere as awareness of their consumer increases
- The continued rise in gut health to support skin health and overall wellness (we have lots of gut healing recipes here on MNB, like this one!)
We’re firm believers that what’s on the inside reflects on the outside, your feelings, your emotions and your inner health. Although it’s not an ‘upcoming trend’, we believe that you have an extra glow when you’re happy, confident and practice self-love x
Our good pal H2O is also set to have a makeover. Nutrient water has a new, hipper cousin. We’ll see more varieties of designer waters invade fridges. Alkaline water and waters infused with hydrogen, oxygen, essential oils and electrolytes are already on the shelves so watch out for more that contain ‘health boosting properties’.
You’re also going to be more likely to bump into someone with a charcoal filter or crystal wand (to add positive vibrations) in their water bottle as you top up at the water cooler.
Plant Based Eating
Forget labels, plant based eating is not restricted to vegetarians and vegans and is on the rise (growing 20% in the past year alone!). A well balanced diet is essential for your health and wellness, and while the definition of what this looks like varies from person to person (and, let’ be honest diet fad to diet fad), there is no doubt around the importance of eating plenty of fruit, veggies and complex carbohydrates for your overall health.
Thanks to the combination of awareness of animal agriculture’s impact on the environment, growing concern around cruel practices within the industry and overwhelming scientific studies linking improved health to a diet rich in fresh, fruits, vegetables and complex carbohydrates, it’s no wonder that more and more people are reducing the meat in favour of plant based options.
Fitness Gets Competitive
From marathon running and triathlons to cross fit and body building comps, the number of amateurs (i.e. regular folks not competing at an elite or professional level) entering into professional / organised competitive events continues to grow. It began as a way for people to hold themselves accountable to their fitness goals or to show a concrete achievement in a controlled environment, but the bar and expectations continue to rise well into 2019. It’s unclear as to what exactly has kickstarted this trend to take your workout to a competitive level, but cross fit and running are certainly leading the charge.
Whether it’s to get some top notch Insta pics or to help keep focussed on an end goal, expect to hear more of your friends signing up for events and comps into the New Year.
Tech Free Time
We’ll be making more of a conscious effort to take some time away from tech over the next year. While our sometimes obsessive connection with our devices has been considered the norm in the past, get ready to start breaking that dependence as we’ll be compelled to take more time away from screens and present in the moment (crazy! 😂). The combination of apps to lock out or limit access and features that track and report back on usage to planned tech free time both when socialising and alone (think dinner parties where whoever looks at their phone pays, picnics where phones are left at home or nights where streaming services are swapped for books) we’ll be more mindful about our usage and be seeking opportunities to reconnect with family, friends and ourselves with the distraction of a screen or alert.
Yep – 2019 and lasers are going to be a thing. Not in a Dr Evil kind of way, but to help aid in recovery and pain relief. Cold laser therapy is a non invasive treatment that stimulates cellular repair and reduces inflammation. With improvements in technology, increased focus on recovery and a growing number of trials and studies testing the effectiveness of laser therapy, expect to see more services pop up near you that offer this treatment.