Health and Wellbeing trends for 2019

In a study conducted by the Mental Health Foundation in 2018, three out of four people completing the study reported that they felt so stressed that they have been overwhelmed or unable to cope. The study is the largest known study of stress levels to have taken place. You can read the report in more detail by following this link: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/statistics/mental-health-statistics-stress

shutterstock_555045271Knowing these statistics, it is therefore not surprising that many of us look for ways to improve our mental health wellbeing. For some people, joining a weekly yoga class or using aromatherapy products such as scented candles, is enough to keep things in check, but for others they may need a little more support.

If you’re looking for something new to help reduce your stress levels, here’s a few of the latest trends you can try.

Crystals

Using crystals for healing and wellbeing is nothing new, after all the concept has been around for centuries. It is presently seeing a resurgence mainly thanks to various A-list celebrities like Victoria Beckham and Adele who have talked openly about how they use crystals to overcome nerves, anxiousness and help self-healing. Crystals are said to have unique energy and healing properties and when used can promote feelings of tranquillity and positivity, as well as relieving stress and helping to cleanse and purify the body.

Shaking Meditation

Also known as Bio Energy Meditation or Shaking Yoga, Shaking Meditation has been around for many years and was introduced to the world by renowned energy master Ratu Bagus from Bali. The practice works on the movement of the body, shaking yourself for a prolonged period, either to music or in silence and at the same time emptying the mind of all negative thoughts. The aim is to shake out any physical and mental blocks that stop us living happy and healthy lives and to also free and strengthen our natural life energy.

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Being constantly on a diet and more often than not failing can make many of us anxious and stressed as we worry about our weight and health. But this new form of eating dispels all diets that you may have tried, or you think you should try. Intuitive eating is all about learning to trust your body again. There are 10 principles of Intuitive Eating which include ditching the diet mentality, making peace with food, challenging the food police in your mind, exercising and becoming more in tune with your body.

Sophrology

Sophrology is a meeting of Western science and Eastern wisdom. It involves carrying out easy to do physical and mental exercises called dynamic relaxation. The aim is to relax your body, but to maintain a calm alert mind that is not full of the incessant chatter many of us live with every day. Sessions can be on a 1:1 basis and also as a group. Sophrology claims to improve sleep, concentration, inner happiness as well as release stress and anxiousness.

Social Usage Tracking

Social media means that we are all connected as never before, but this constant demand on our time can have a detrimental effect on our mental health, making many of us feel in the long run, isolated and increasingly unhappy. There are now several apps on the market that allow you to monitor the time you spend on social media as well as how many times you pick up your phone in a day. The results can be quite revealing! Once you’re monitoring your usage you can then set limits for your daily screen time. If you go over your set limits the app sends you annoying alerts. Take a look at the Moments https://inthemoment.io/ or Forest https://www.forestapp.cc/ apps for more information.