If you're feeling stressed and at the point of burnout at the moment you are not alone. The global wellness market has grown 12.8 per cent in the last two years, transforming it into a $4.2 trillion (Dhs15.42 trillion approx) industry and with good reason. As a generation, we are working longer, playing harder and three in four of us have felt so stressed in the last year we've felt 'overwhelmed' or 'unable to cope' according to the Mental Health Foundation.
It's no wonder that we are constantly searching for new ways to improve our mental and physical wellbeing. Luckily, there's a lot more to the wellness industry than yoga and scented candles (though we'd recommend both for some quick and effective relaxation time). In fact, there are a thousand different ways to add a sense of wellbeing into your life, but these are the activities and products that the experts say are set to be the biggest trends for 2019...
1. Social usage tracking
In an attempt to decrease social media usage (without the need to actually give up your phone with a digital detox), individuals are increasingly turning to usage monitoring technology provided by Apple, Facebook and Twitter. Expect your friends to be comparing the limited hours they spend on their devices just as much as their Instagram likes come 2019.
Try Social Fever for a user-friendly way to decrease your social media usage, available on Google Play.
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2. Corporate wellness
Once upon a time, your wellbeing was an individual matter, but companies are now realising that they have a responsibility to look after their employees mental and physical health. London-based MotivatePT founder Kira Mahal reports a significant rise in corporate fitness class bookings, while wellness rooms and treatments are no longer just to be found at the most modern of headquarters.
3. Breathing classes
We don't often think about it but focusing on your breathing could be the most significant act of self-care; our breath does keep us alive after all. Shallow breathing (breath that comes from your chest, not your diaphragm) can really elevate your stress levels too, so head to a class to learn stress-tackling techniques in 2019.
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4. Clean comfort food
Veganism was one of this year's biggest food trends, according to the Vegan Society, and you'd be hard-pressed not to notice the growth in gluten and dairy-free lifestyles too. With this in mind, it's no surprise that bespoke nutrition plans that make eating this way easy and enjoyable are becoming more popular.
5. Healing cafes
Basically a mix between a coffee shop and your living room, healing cafes focus on offering a relaxing environment where you can relax and unwind in the city. They are already popular in South Korea (when it comes to beauty and wellness the Koreans know their stuff) and after the success of the 'Chubby Cloud' pop-up at Fashion Week in the UK, we expect to see venues opening permanently around the world.
6. Family Wellness
One of the ironies of parenthood is that the spaces you long to head to for some relaxation aren't family-inclusive. New family members clubs are changing that, such as Cloud Twelve in London's Notting Hill which offers an array of wellness treatments for adults and the likes of kindness classes for kids. Expect more to pop-up in 2019.
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7. Silent self-care
Yang Sheng, or 'to nurture life' is an act of Chinese self-care that focuses on taking a moment to slow down and rebalance your life. The practice is really easy to fit into a hectic lifestyle as it can be comprised of one-minute rituals rather than long meditations, says Kay Pennington, the group spa manager at Aqua Sana. To try it, find a quiet place, then take a few deep breaths and smile, using the time to focus on and push away negative thoughts.
For more information on Yang Sheng and one-minute rituals, head to Hayou.
8. Crystals, a resurgence
2017 may have been the original year of the crystal resurgence, but 2019 is set to be when crystal healing finally becomes mainstream. That's in no small part due to the popularity of the Duchess of Sussex's black onyx and diamond necklace that she wears for protection and love, according to the crystal healer and hypnotherapist Kim Alexis.
9. Shaking meditation
TRE (Tension & Trauma Exercise), dubbed 'shaking meditation', involves a series of controlled shaking exercises that aim to release muscular tension and reduce your stress levels. It might seem a little odd to purposely shake on the floor but through the process, you get to understand your feelings better and reset your thinking patterns. Try it, especially if you hate the silence you feel with meditation.
Another emerging technique to help those who struggle with meditation is sophrology or 'dynamic meditation'. It involves a combination of breathing, meditation and visualisation in order to promote relaxation by connecting the right and left hemispheres of the brain.
11. Sound healing
While sound therapy isn't new - it's been used in Tibetan, Chinese and Indian cultures for centuries - the West is drawing on that expertise and incorporating sound medicine into yoga sessions, spa treatments and workshops. It works by using particular frequencies played on bowls or as pieces of music that have been found to have healing qualities, relaxing the body and mind.