In countless ways, we’re grateful for the convenience and high-tech advantages of living in today’s modern world. (Group texts! Grocery delivery apps! Netflix!) We’re extra-grateful that we can now combine the time-honored wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine with high-tech formulations that make self-care easier than ever.
But, especially after the last couple of years, it’s a safe bet that most of us have longed for the “old days” before we were all so… connected. Thankfully, it seems that we’re no longer wearing our stress and fatigue like merit badges — and the 2021 wellness trends seem to reflect a desire for deeper self-care.
Here are five wellness trends from 2021 that we hope will stick around.
1. Prioritizing rest.
Well + Good went so far as to call out “rest as resistance” and we completely agree. Rest should never be an afterthought — a better tomorrow starts at night. When you are well-rested, you’re prepared to take on whatever life throws your way. It fills your cup, so you can care for those who depend on you, and be more productive for better work-life balance. We formulated our Hello Dreams™ Sleep Strips with Melatonin and Calm Down™ Herbal Blend so they effortlessly fit into your evening routine. Let one melt on your tongue, then swallow, about five to 10 minutes before bedtime to fall asleep, stay asleep or fall back to sleep — and wake up rejuvenated.*
Working on this 2021 wellness trend? You need to read: 30 Days to Better Sleep, with Tips to Help You Reclaim Your Time in Bed.
2. Taking our vacation days.
Even before 2020 derailed our “normal” lives, Americans struggled to take their vacation days. Surveys early in the year showed more adults were committed to turning on that OOO message, and we support it! Whether you take a dream vacation to Tahiti or binge Succession on your couch is up to you — but you are more than your work. You need time away, to rest and recover and simply enjoy life. Between breaks, focus on healthy habits like good sleep hygiene and fighting fatigue with more than just caffeine so you can enjoy your time off to the fullest.
If this one is a work in progress, check out: 9 Travel Tips to Make Your Next Trip Easier
3. Staying home when we’re sick.
Push through. Don’t rest. No pain, no gain. Thankfully, we’re starting to ignore that bad advice in favor of giving our immune systems some TLC when they need it. Now that remote work is the norm in many industries, staying home when we aren’t 100% is more acceptable — and seen as a way to care for others, too. Give your immune health some love with adaptogens, which do more than help you manage stress. Gentle reminder: Rest is even more important when your immune system is dealing with a challenge.*
Struggling with this one? Here’s a helpful read: How Stress and Immune Health Are Connected
4. Asking for help.
Put this on a sticky note on your computer monitor or dashboard: It’s OK to ask for help. We’re grateful that not going it alone has become more acceptable this year, but we all still need that reminder. Setting boundaries, using “no” as a complete sentence and accepting help are not easy feats, but they allow you the time and space you need to take care of yourself.
Need help asking for what you need? You’re so not alone there: Why Herbs Aren’t “Extras” and Self-Care Isn’t Selfish
5. Muting our phones.
This year, we’re extra grateful for the new features and “focus modes” that make it easier to disconnect and step away when we want a break. Scheduling emails to arrive during business hours, not answering work calls and texts on weekends and giving our phone a “bedtime” all help us establish healthy boundaries — so we can show up as our best selves at home and at work! We hope this 2021 wellness trend sticks around.
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.