Tips for wellness..
It’s time to replace hours of mindless scrolling through Instagram with more mindful measures of social media. Apps that monitor and even limit the number of hours you spend online will help to keep you on track this year. With reports of improved sleep, increased self-confidence and overall wellbeing, what’s not to like?
CATCH OF THE DAY
Plant-based dairy and meat alternatives were big in 2018, and this year seafood will also be getting a plant-based makeover with products such as sustainable, nutrient-dense ‘faux’ fish made from beans. With high levels of protein and omega-3 from algae oil extract, it’s touted as the next big thing for eco-conscious food-lovers.
If streaming HIIT classes at home sounds like your idea of heaven, this one’s for you. 2019 will see more fitness studios – and even boutique hotels – pave the way with live-streamed spinning classes and cardio workouts that are more immersive than ever. You may never need to set foot in a gym again.
GUT HEALTH HACKS
This year improving gut health is high on the agenda and you can expect to find added probiotics – which are said to be beneficial – in everything from snacks to superfoods. Incorporating fibre-rich foods into your diet can also help to reboot your digestive system, but be careful not to go overboard.
THE RISE OF HOLISTIC BEAUTY
From ashwagandha to curcumin, beauty is turning to holistic health and non-toxic remedies rooted in Ayurveda – an ancient Sanskrit tradition whose name roughly translates as ‘science of life’. The Ayurvedic approach to beauty is one that balances and boosts your overall health, but also promotes wellbeing from the inside out. Expect an influx of immunity-boosting herbs, essential oils that aim to restore top-to-toe glow, and turmeric – lots and lots of turmeric.
THE BRAIN BOOSTERS
Brain fog has never simply been in your head. Pollution, poor sleep and an unbalanced diet are just a handful of contributing factors linked to deprived brain health. From brain-boosting supplements to diets that improve focus and memory, 2019 will be all about cerebral supercharging.
From shallow breathing to sound healing, self-care will continue to be the buzzword of 2019. If you’re struggling to slow down and rebalance, make a beeline for dynamic meditation classes that incorporate breathing, meditating and visualising in order to connect the left and right hemispheres of the brain. Or head to a healing café and unwind with a medicinal matcha latte in hand.