9 wellness trends to take into 2020

A new year means a new you, right?

We hear this saying a lot, but what steps can you take to ensure 2020 will be your healthiest year yet? NBC Health compiled a list of the best wellness trends from the last decade:

  1. Self Care: It’s not about pampering ourselves, it’s devoting time to things like eating healthy, exercising, sleeping and taking emotional respites when we need them.
  2. Sleep: Long gone is the “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” mentality. Sleep medicine doctors point to an influx of science highlighting the many important ways consistently sleeping long enough and well enough is linked to better health. “There is overwhelming scientific evidence that sleep quality and proper timing of sleep are essential for brain, immune, cardiovascular and metabolic health,” says Phyllis Zee, MD, Ph.D., a sleep medicine specialist at Northwestern Medicine. “Sleep deficiency and irregular sleep and wake timing have been shown to increase the risk for diabetes, heart disease, impaired ability to fight infections, and even Alzheimer’s disease. … And it can improve our overall quality of life and public safety.”
  3. Strength Training: Benefits include reduced risk of disease, reduce risk of injury and improved function later in life.
  4. Muscle recovery tools: Foam rolling is used to increase blood flow to the tissue to help reduce inflammation, improve healing and boost post-workout recovery.
  5. Pay more attention to mental health: “The stigma about needing help is decreasing, and more and more people are willing to say they are struggling and seek help,” says Robin Stern, Ph.D., Associate Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.
  6. Staying in and having a quiet night at home: Focus on creating warm, cozy, shared experience based on playful interactions and contentment.
  7. Plant-based eating: Eating plant based has health benefits including reducing inflammation, preventing autoimmune disease, cancers and other chronic disease. It also has environmental benefits by reducing your carbon footprint.
  8. Understand whats going on in your gut: Our gut bacteria play important roles in maintenance of the immune system, serotonin production, anti-inflammatory activity and synthesis of essential vitamins, among others. An imbalance of gut bacteria has been linked to several diseases, like type 2 diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, thyroid issues, autism, mood disorders, digestive conditions, asthma and nearly all autoimmune disorders.
  9. Get better at disagreeing: “Conflict is a crucial step in the course of making the kinds of change that amount to human progress, and being able to manage, and constructively negotiate conflict is the only way that that progress can occur,” Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Ph.D., Science Director at the Greater Good Science Center at University of California, Berkeley says. “I think people are very frustrated and disheartened by the stagnant nature of disagreement we are currently ensconced in both in the U.S. and internationally.”


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