10 health and wellness trends to try in 2023

Shondaland staff

The wellness industry will boom in 2023 as more people continue to put health and wellness first in their lives in the wake of the pandemic. Several unique yet beneficial self-care trends are gaining attention on social media, while other experiences that have captured the public’s attention are solidified as essential, ongoing practices.

According to a recent report from American Spa, more and more spas, gyms and fitness studios are taking holistic approaches to improve overall well-being. Instead of simply focusing on weight loss and muscle growth, they create mindful experiences that put mental needs at the forefront. Here are 10 emerging health and wellness trends to explore.

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Long used by athletes to treat muscle soreness and promote faster recovery, cold water therapy is now used by many people in their daily lives, whether it’s taking cold showers or taking a dip in cold swim spots.

Numerous studies have shown that cold water immersion can reduce inflammation, boost the immune system, and relieve depression. Spas have jumped on the trend and are now incorporating cool temperatures into massage and facials to tighten the skin.

Fungi are having a moment. A rich source of protein, fiber and antioxidants, most mushrooms contain adaptogens, which can help your body respond to stress and fatigue. The four most common types of medicinal mushrooms are lion’s mane, chaga, cordyceps, and reishi. Find them in powders, capsules and potions.

Finding time to exercise is often more difficult than the workout itself. Make reaching health goals easier by sprinkling micro workouts into your daily routine. Aiming for 15 minutes of low-to-moderate intensity exercise twice a day, five times a week, has been shown to be immensely beneficial to both our health and mental well-being.

That could mean taking a brisk walk on your lunch break, doing a quick cardio circuit, or even vacuuming your house. A little can go a long way. If you fit a few 15-minute workouts into your day, you’ll total 150 minutes of weekly exercise, the number recommended by World Health Organization experts.

Whether it’s plant-based food and drinks or cruelty-free cosmetics and fashion, sustainable and certified vegan products are on the rise. A survey published earlier this month by the Vegan Society found that more than half of consumers in America would like to see more vegan verified labels on beauty products.

The increasingly popular trend of sleep synchronization involves adjusting and aligning your sleep cycle with your circadian rhythm, the natural internal process that regulates your sleep-wake cycle, which repeats every 24 hours. By setting a sleep schedule, your body understands it’s time to go to sleep, resulting in a better night’s sleep.

Parents know how important a regular bedtime routine is for a child, and it’s just as important for adults. The key to sleep synchronization is creating a regular sleep routine and sticking to it. That means going to bed and waking up at the same time every day. Yes, that also applies to weekends.

After three years of various pandemic restrictions, travel is back. Vacations rooted in relaxation, self-improvement and well-being are one of the fastest growing segments of the travel industry. From yoga retreats in India to meditation workshops in Mexico, the world is your oyster and a better you is just around the corner.

With hashtags like #sobercurious and #damplifestyle gaining popularity on social media, enjoying alcohol in moderation is no longer stigmatized. It has been popularized. With many bars and restaurants offering lofty non-alcoholic cocktails, forgoing booze has never been so delicious.

Benefits of cutting out or downplaying alcohol in your life include improved sleep and recovery, a mood boost, and stronger decision making when it comes to nutrition. Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated their guidelines for reducing alcohol consumption, recommending that adult men over the legal drinking age should drink only two drinks or fewer per day, and women should drink one or fewer drinks per day.

Do you want to meditate but don’t have an hour to spare? Meditation is all about quieting the mind, and there is really no time requirement. A mini-meditation can be completed in about a minute. At different times of the day, try to take 60 seconds to stop, focus on your breathing, and center yourself. Every little bit helps.
Ever since we touched our toes and reached for the sun in kindergarten, stretching has been an essential part of getting physical in our lives. Now assisted stretching takes it a step further with trained practitioners who can push your body in ways it can’t when you stretch alone. Assisted stretches have been shown to reduce stress, increase flexibility, and reduce stiffness.

Yoga for the face is indeed a thing, and it’s not just fun to watch on TikTok. The practice uses massage techniques and facial movements, such as opening your mouth as wide as possible, raising your eyebrows and blowing raspberries, to exercise the muscles in your face, which can make it appear firmer.

Facial yoga has actually been around for years. (Annelise Hagen, a yoga instructor from New York, held the first facial yoga workshop in 2005.) Yet, thanks to recently launched facial yoga apps and countless social media tutorials, facial yoga is finally going mainstream.

Zara Eldridge is a London-based writer and producer who contributed to The Associated Press.

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