Forty six percent of us have seen our wellbeing take a hit over the course of the past few weeks, according to the Office for National Statistics. And over half of us (64%) admitted to feeling extra stressed or anxious.“Living through Covid-19 is stressful. The virus is contagious. But so too are human emotions as we’re wired for social connection,” explains wellbeing psychologist, Dr Andy Cope, who analysed data taken from Simba’s sleep and mood tracking app and found that our sleep quality has taken a notable drop. In fact, our ability to get a good night’s kip correlates directly with the worrying news we receive from our newsfeeds.Clearly, now more than ever, it’s an important time to pay attention our wellbeing and to mood-boosting rituals that can help lift us out of a slump or provide moments of calm.
We’ve rounded up six wellness trends set to make a big impact throughout 2020.
Expand your CBD repertoire
Our fascination with CBD-based products is going nowhere. In fact, research shows that 49% of millennials plan to use more CBD to help with stress during the pandemic. Our favourite CBD oil comes from premium brand TRIP. It’s just introduced two new oils in delicious, refreshing flavours – Wild Mint and Orange Blossom – each available in two strengths in pretty pastel packaging. Plus, thanks to their herbal blend of chamomile, they taste as good as they make you feel. But don’t just take our word for it; customers have been describing them as ‘the best CBD oil we’ve tried’ and ‘the best-tasting CBD oil’, as well as praising their calming qualities, something which is integral to the brand’s ethos. Co-founders Olivia and Dan discovered CBD in 2018 when Dan sustained a football injury just weeks before their wedding. After trying everything, they discovered the soothing and anti-inflammatory powers of CBD oils and, against all odds, Dan made it down the aisle. They started out by launching CBD-infused drinks in 2019, and now the two new oils in the TRIP family are the much-needed calm we all need in the everyday chaos.
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Embrace bedtime stories
We all know that our reliance on screens is doing us no favours when it comes to falling asleep, with countless books and apps devoted to improving our “sleep hygiene” or reducing the impact of blue light. But what if the best way to ensure some shut-eye were to revert to the childhood practice of bedtime stories? A host of apps and podcasts make it simple to get your story fix (should your partner not be up for reading to you), from Calm’s Blue Gold, read by Stephen Fry, to Sleep With Me, in which host Drew Ackerman chats away in a soothing fashion that makes staying awake really quite tricky. Get into the mood with a restorative pre-bed bath using the new De Mamiel Altitude Bath Soak, which has been created as an antidote to the hectic nature of modern life.
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Make the most of the great outdoors (now we’re allowed out)
In the Pinterest 100 Report, which rounds up the top trends to try in 2020 based on search terms, spending time in the big outdoors emerged as a key pursuit for the new year. Of course, this was particularly tricky at the beginning of lockdown when our movements were restricted, but now that they’re beginning to lift and we’re allowed out on day trips (provided we maintain a social distance), it’s time to catch-up on what we’ve been missing.
“Nature is the perfect antidote to digital fatigue, artificial lighting and sitting culture,” the report said, flagging “bushcraft camping”, “nature travel” and “rockhounding” as terms which have seen a big boost in search. Call it eco therapy, call it forest bathing – just get outside and reconnect with nature. In fact, a 2019 study led by the University of Exeter Medical School found that a two-hour “dose” of nature per week boosts health and wellbeing, so treat it like your five-a-day.
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With more and more of us going alcohol-free, the drinks industry has done itself proud in terms of the great offering of non-alcoholic options on sale now. Alongside TRIP’s CBD infused drinks (mentioned above) Seedlip’s distilled “spirits” mean that you’re no longer left with only a Shirley Temple for company when you fancy a mocktail, whilst Fortnum & Mason’s Sparkling Tea makes a good dupe for bubbly, with its delicate blend of jasmine, darjeeling and mint and the added bonus of a poppable cork. If you’re still drinking alcohol but trying to find healthier options, swap sugary mixers for good-for-your-gut kombucha. London-based brand Momo Kombucha makes an elderflower version that tastes great with gin.Why we’re all going semi-sober and embracing a wellness trend called ‘healthy hedonism’
Get to know nootropics
Do you know what nootropics are? Well, you’re about to: already a big deal in the US, nootropics are just starting to make waves here and are set to go stratospheric in 2020. Whilst research on their effects is relatively scant so far, nootropics are substances believed to improve cognitive function and energy. Perhaps the most famous of them all is caffeine, but you might find more luck with a supplement than you will by doubling your latte intake. Glow Bar sells powdered herb products which can be added to smoothies and hot drinks, including the nootropics Ashwagandha and Cordyceps.
Despite breathing being something we do all day without thinking about it, breathing mindfully can actually make a big difference to our wellbeing. What’s more, it’s something you can do on the go – on the way to Tesco, on your evening stroll, or on your way to the kettle. For 2020, make it your resolution to take a few moments to focus on your breathing every day. Glamour loves The Breathing App, founded by Deepak Chopra and yoga teacher Eddie Stern, which aims to recreate the same rate of breathing that Buddhist monks and yogis enter into while meditating.
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