Most of us live life at a hectic pace, rarely stopping to enjoy the quiet and necessary things in life. However, the COVID-19 pandemic made us do just that — and it not only slowed us down but made many people realize that the pace they were living simply wasn’t sustainable. If anything good came out of the mandatory lockdowns, it’s the realization that our health and wellness have to come first.
If you’re unsure where to start, there are many health and wellness trends that you can employ, no matter where in the world you live.
With the pandemic, most doctors’ offices closed except for true emergencies. For some, this meant getting creative in ways they could still see their therapists or get the help they needed. While telehealth was available before COVID-19 took the world by storm, it became even more prominent during lockdowns.
Also, because of the effect that COVID had on mental health, more people started seeking therapy services in an effort to take better care of themselves. This trend has continued even after lockdowns went by the wayside. It’s safe to say that many people have realized the value of talking to someone and developing coping methods to get through day-to-day life.
Sexual health is one of those topics we don’t talk about enough. It’s a perfectly natural adult activity, yet it’s often seen as taboo to discuss — especially when it comes to trends such as new types of sex toys for sale. For 2022, there’s a focus on men’s sexuality, even though there’s still more available on the topic for women.
One of the noticeable trends over the last 50 years has been a decline in male fertility, and scientists and researchers are looking into potential causes for this.
Fitness on the Go
Staying in shape is one thing that many people worry about on a daily basis, but sometimes it’s hard to go to the gym. Others simply don’t like to work out in front of others for fear of judgment or shame. During COVID, many opted to sign up for virtual fitness classes as an alternative to not working out at all. In fact, during the first few weeks of lockdown, it was difficult to find workout equipment anywhere, proving how popular the trend was.
After lockdowns were lifted, many were striving to lose that “quarantine 15,” referring to the weight they put on when they were forced to pretty much stay home all the time.
One of the major things that came out of the COVID-19 pandemic was the ability to work from home. Remote work became the trend, and a lot of people felt like they had a better work-life balance in doing so. Once the lockdowns started lifting, many people chose to continue working remotely, and those who had jobs that didn’t permit this looked for new positions that would. While it may not become mainstream — there are certain jobs you can’t do from home, after all — it may be enough for those who need more flexibility to take the plunge.
No matter where in the world you live, there are a number of health and wellness trends you can easily employ in your day-to-day life. We only get one life on this planet. Making sure we take care of ourselves, so we can take care of others and enjoy our lives, should be priority number one.
These are just a few ideas to get you started — there are many more, just identify areas of your life you’d like to improve and there’s likely a trend you can adopt.