Wellness should make you feel good, but many of the wellness trends out there are problematic.
Wellness Trend Predictions + What to Focus on For 2020
I’m going to take you through my wellness trend predictions for 2020 (a list you probably won’t see anywhere else) and give you an exercise so you can decide what to focus on for yourself in the coming year.
I’m using the research, the data, and what I’m seeing as an outsider to figure out how to live a full life in a way that doesn’t involve perfectionism, all or nothing thinking, or comparison.
On wellness trends:
Okay, be honest: what comes to mind when I say “wellness trends”?
If you’re anything like me, maybe it’s an eye-roll.
I actually think wellness trends is one of the biggest problems with the wellness industry, yet, here I am with an episode on wellness trend predictions.
But, this one is going to be different.
This is Feel Good Effect style, so you know it’ll have a little bit of a different point of view.
“Wellness should make you feel good.”
I’m going to give you some ideas of what you might want to focus on in 2020 and give you a glimpse into what I’m calling right now as the wellness trends for next year.
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I am not a huge fan of wellness trends and I think it adds pressure to constantly to come up with next and next.
Wellness trends create the sense that the basics of wellness are not good enough.
The more pressure to have these new trends, the more extreme we tend to go.
All or nothing thinking has been shown across the research to be antithetical to wellness, it’s not going to help you get where you want to go or allow you to feel good along the way.
Yet, we’re promoting all or nothing with these extreme diet trends.
There is some evidence that “eat this, not that” types of eating plans (which are really diets in disguise) work well if you have an illness, but for many people, there is so much evidence that it’s not the best way forward.
I guarantee that is not going away, though.
Trends are not necessarily a bad thing, but something to be mindful of.
When you see a diet, trend, or extreme form of exercise, ask yourself:
Who is presenting this?
What is their incentive to do so?
Does it align with what I want for my life, for my definition of wellness?
My 5 Wellness Trend Predictions for 2020
1 | Wellness is going to be more about making better decisions.
Information about wellness comes at us from all directions– it’s in the mass media, in social media, from friends and family.
We are certainly not living in a time where there is a lack of information, which is even often conflicting.
My prediction for 2020 is that wellness is going to be more about making better decisions.
It’s about how to take all of this information, distill it down, focus on what’s really essential, and what moves the needle.
Essentially, how to declutter wellness so that you have a simple approach that actually works for you.
I think that we’re going to see more people talking about this, more writing, products, and services that actually help you declutter, focus on what’s essential, and how to make better decisions.
2 | Customize everything.
We need to be able to customize everything.
We need to be able to customize the way we’re eating, the way we’re moving, the way we’re making routines and habits.
“Health is not one-size-fits-all.”
We know from the science and research of bio-individuality that one thing is not going to work for everybody.
This doesn’t mean you have to be out there on your own figuring everything out, it just means that I think there will be more conversation around how to customize everything, create a personal plan that fits your life, your circumstances, your health goals, and your needs.
3 | Question what you’re tracking.
Question what you’re measuring.
How are you measuring success in wellness?
In this new year, I think we’ll see more products and discussions around how to rethink how we’re measuring success.
Think about it right now: what are some ways that you monitor, or track, or quantify wellness?
The big three: weight, calories, and some sort of step-counting.
But think about what healthy really means.
How much of the big picture of success is just looking at a number on a scale, a calorie point, and a step-count?
How much of the wellness picture does that give you, in terms of success?
Yet, how much emphasis are we putting on those numbers?
As a trend, as an industry, we need to be better.
We need to think bigger and understand how to help people think about success.
What are you tracking and how are you relating it to your success?
4 | Connect the dots.
This trend is about helping people see how It all goes together.
For years, all of these wellness things existed separately: the diet people were telling you what to eat and not eat, the workout people were telling you what to do and how to work out, then there are the mindfulness people telling you how to integrate that more into your life.
But still, you’re left trying to figure out how to connect the dots.
How does this go together holistically?
How does the way that I’m eating work with the way I’m moving, work with the way I’m sleeping, work with the amount of time I’m using technology, work with the amount of stress that I’m under, all in this season of my life?
“Ignoring the context of your life or what’s really going on is such a disservice to you in terms of your long term success.”
5 | From fear to feel good.
I think, and I hope, that we are going to start stepping away from fear being the driver of change when it comes to wellness.
There is still plenty of fear-mongering going on in the industry, from diets to clean beauty to exercise.
Market research knows that scaring people is a really effective way to get them to make a quick change.
While fear can be an effective way to change behavior in the short term, it doesn’t work in the long term.
Rather than fear, we’re moving toward empowerment.
We’re giving people the information and then it’s up to them to decide what’s best.
“Adding fear as the driver in wellness is not going to create the change that we’re looking for.”
Another piece to this is having more transparency, talking about challenges in wellness that we really haven’t talked about before.
This includes mental health, female reproductive health, and other silent taboo topics.
When things are in the dark, there’s always shame and fear.
This is about bringing those into the light and hearing more conversations about mental health, normalizing what it is, normalizing different challenges about female reproductive health, and moving away from fear being the driver of change and into a normalized, empowered way forward.
“At the end of the day, trends only exist as long as people embrace them and use them in their lives.”
This is how we, as a community, can decide what the trends are.
Make it happen:
Pick one of these trends, and think about how to personally embody or embrace it.
What’s one small step you can take?