I am really excited to share my personal take on all the hot new wellness trends this year (sauna pun intended)...
As many of you know, I am on a constant hunt for finding wellness methods to heal, balance, and sustain me through new motherhood, running a growing business, and enjoying my life and family. I am always intrigued to try a new trend, but am honest with myself on what works and what doesn't.
So, I'm keeping it real with you and sharing what I'm truly seeing - and using - as the top trends of the year. Because believe me, from following the moon eclipses to sitting in a bath of colored oils, I've tried them all. Here's what I'm loving.
Clearing & Organization made chic.
One of the biggest wellness trends this year will be all things organization - think Marie Kondo, feng shui, your addiction to the Container Store now justified. Women who described their homes as “cluttered” or full of “unfinished projects” were clinically proven to be more depressed, fatigued, and had higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol than women who felt their homes were “restful” and “restorative." The key is the clearing that proceeds the actual organizing - the first step is to get serious with what you need to let go of. In Feng Shui, anything that takes up space in your home physically is also energetic - you can't manifest that new job, new partner, or even handbag without making room for it first. This can be stressful for many - including my husband who is a hoarder! That's why I believe it's important to hire an expert - having someone else helping you decide what to purge and what to keep, and then how to chicly and efficiently store it, will keep all parties sane and happy. Our friends at Maison Havenjust launched their luxe organization business this year - we highly recommend checking them out for tips and inspiration!
CBD Oil, of course.
This one is a no-brainer. Since introducing CBD oil to The Shop this fall, we've sold out if it over and over again. It is so popular that we are expanding our offering and launching a dedicated CBD shop next month! In this process, we've been digging deep on the science behind this plant medicine. It is derived from the hemp - a cousin of marijuana but an entirely different plant, that was recently legalized to be grown across the country, though the majority is currently grown in Kentucky. As opposed to the Hemp Oil you can buy at Whole Foods that's made of the seeds and is rich in omega-3, omega-6 and antioxidants, CBD oil is made of the whole plant - leaves and stems. It's chemical composition is close to the endocannabinoid system that involves the neurological system, immune system, and essentially regulates all of the functions in the body. As we launch our CBD-focused shop online and instore, we'll be sharing muchmore on the science and technicalities behind this trendy wellness tincture, but here are some of the research-backed benefits: High grade CBD oil is clinically proven to reduce the risk of diabetes and obesity, lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, reduce the risk of cancer, help maintain brain health, protect and strengthen bones, protect and heal skin. It carries multiple anti-inflammatory benefits and reduces anxiety and stress, based on biomarkers. More CBD product and insight coming to you soon from The Shop, online and instore!
IRL connection. This is the year that we put down our phones and connect in our real lives.
This is the year we will all make a conscious effort to look up from our phone screens and make connections with others in real life. I know - groundbreaking. Based on what I am seeing in myself, and among friends and clients, it’s clear that we're reaching a tipping point in the age of social media. Instagram and Facebook can be an unbelievably impactful tool for connection and building community, but it's time we take the communities we've begun to create offline and connect with each other in person. Scientists have found that with the epidemic of disconnection created by our digital technology, we are increasingly lonely, prone to mental illness, worse sleepers, and suffering from all the health effects of increased cortisol. We are waking up to this reality and beginning to spend more time and money cultivating connection through workshops and retreats. And Inner Light is getting involved in this movement. The Studio will be a space and place to come together for meaningful conversations around wellness motherhood, and more, but most importantly, it will help us foster a deep and authentic connection with ourselves and with others. More to come as The Studio launches!
High Impact Greens. Sorry kale, you're out!
This year, you will see an influx of brands and wellness influencers focused on getting their greens from sources like spriulina and chlorella. They may be tiny algae's but they pack a massive punch of nutrition and are easy to add into your diet via drops to your water or a simple tablet. Spirulina contains 2.5X more protein per ounce than steak and 2-5X more antioxidants per ounce than leading fruits and vegetables. A mere 30 gram serving of chlorella has 5X the chlorophyll content of kale and contains more iron than liver. They are a perfect source of omega-3’s and Vitamin B12, which is important for non-meat eaters! I add Health Force Super Foods Spirulina Manna powder to a green smoothie with romaine, spinach, pear or apple, banana, lemon and water, and keep Sun Chlorella Superfood tabletsby my bed to take before sleep each night.
We are beginning to recognize the need for rest, for slowing down, for treating our bodies with reverence and kindness. Yet, for the most part, exercise in our culture is still focused on how to burn as many calories as aggressively as possible in the shortest amount of time. This year, we will start to see a trend towards slower, gentler and more restorative forms of movement becoming part of our routine. Think gentle yoga vs. bikram, pilates vs. intense reformer classes, and walking vs. running. Low-impact exercise is less stressful on our musculoskeletal system, cardiovascular system, and there is less risk of injury. As a general rule, exercise helps to regulate cortisol, the stress hormone, but over-exercising and over-emphasis on intense cardio workouts can increase our cortisol levels to unhealthy levels. Modern life is already very stressful, and chronically high cortisol can increase your risk for a long list of health problems from digestion to weight gain to depression. Read more on the effects of chronic cardio and the benefits of low-impact exercise from my recent blog post.
Watch your water.
This year we'll be taking it back to basics and becoming more mindful about how we consume our nectar of life - water. Our bodies are 60% water, it is a basic need for survival, but how much do we pay attention to what is in the water we drink every day? More emphasis is being placed over the past few years on drinking alkaline water, meaning water with a pH of 8.8 or higher, but this year you'll see an emphasis on simply making sure your water supply is safe. Due to our industrialized world, our drinking water has become more and more toxic. The EWG has created a database where you can type in your zip code and see the contaminants contained in your water supply, based on tens of thousands of tests done since 2010 which found nearly 270 contaminants, 8 of which were reported in all 50 states. Instead of hitting the panic button, the key here is to become aware of the issues with our water supply and making sure that you are getting clean, mineral-rich water into your body. I love using Rising Springs wateralmost as a supplement in addition to filtered tap water. Water will become an increasingly socio-economic issue, so once you get your water game all set, consider donating to or supporting organizations that bring clean water to marginalized communities.
This one is more of my own practice than a widespread trend, but I believe in the power of the body and in the idea of intuitive eating. As a societal shift, I’ve seen that there has been slow down in the number of diet trends that promise health and weight loss to anyone that signs on. The truth is that each human has an incredibly unique body composition and diet is deeply personal. We will move away from a paradigm around nutrition that says this is best from everyone to here are many different and equally valid ways of eating. The competition will abate and more nutrition thought leaders will emphasize finding what is best for YOU rather than preaching and prescribing their method to the masses. What will shift is an emphasis on listening to others onto listening to ourselves. Your body knows what is best for it, the key is getting really quiet (i.e. blocking out the chatter), focused, and listening to your intuition. This involves throwing the dogma out the window about any given school of thought in nutrition and beginning to experiment with an open mind. What works for your body now may change in a month, a year, a decade, and it's about being as educated as you can about your choices and health while listening to yourself, because you are your own best healer. To learn more about intuitive eating and how you can start applying it to your daily routine, you can read my recent blog article on the topic.
What was woo-woo is going mainstream.
Each year, the mystical becomes mainstream, and this year will be a big one for normalizing all things fringe. I'm talking being in touch with the moon cycles, using crystals in daily life, using sage and Palo Santo. What used to be too out-there will all become more and more covered by normal media outlets and used by people in your life you would never have thought of like your skeptical grandmother or buttoned up boss. And as we continue our own self development path, we will start to see systems for self-understanding like astrology, numerology, Human Design, and color therapy take a big leap forward into the mainstream as methods for healing. On a personal level, I have worked with and learned from many of the leading wellness experts during the time that I was becoming a mother and an entrepreneur. I needed help, especially during this pivotal life stage. After starting out on my own wellness journey open minded, slightly desperate, and a little skeptical, I became deeply connected with what are essentially ancient methods of understanding the self and the path ahead. I was so transformed and transfixed by their healing power and energy, that The Studio came into consciousness. Because I recognized a need for support, a need for connection, and a need for a safe space to identify and develop your innate truth during big life changes. Because becoming a mother was a pivotal transformation. One that demanded a lot of support and self-love. The Studio will be offering one-on-one personal coaching as well as wellness and motherhood-focused events and workshops.
At Inner Light, it is our mission to provide a space and place for healing, wellness, and self-love. Our new memberships and offerings combine ancient wisdom with modern science in order to achieve holistic wellness and a deep, authentic connection with yourself and with others. In celebration of the launch of The Studio, we are now offering complimentary free 60-minute wellness and healing consultations, inclusive of a detailed action plan tailored to your specific wellness needs and goals.