Wellness and mindfulness: Trends and tips for a positive 2023

Ashleigh Nicole

In our ever-evolving world, the focus on wellness and mindfulness is becoming increasingly prominent. As we move through 2023, let's take a moment to highlight some of the most impactful trends and tips that can help enhance our overall well-being and create a more positive life experience.

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Meditation and Mindfulness

Meditation and mindfulness are ancient practices that continue to hold significant relevance in our modern times. These practices have been found to help reduce stress, ease depression, and improve overall well-being. Here's a simple mindfulness exercise you can try:

  1. Sit: On a straight-backed chair or comfortably on the floor.
  2. Focus: On your breath and the sensations that come with it.
  3. Expand: Become aware of sounds, sensations, and ideas.
  4. Embrace: Each thought or sensation without judgment. If your mind starts to race, return your focus to your breathing, then expand your awareness again.

Mindful eating is another practice gaining attention. It stems from the broader philosophy of mindfulness and involves using all of your physical and emotional senses to experience and enjoy the food choices you make.

Mindfulness is the simple process of noticing new things about the familiar. When we notice actively, we become sensitive to perspective and change.

~Ellen Langer, professor of psychology

Wellness Trends of 2023

Wellness trends for 2023 range from exercise recovery, spiritual well-being, biotech wellness tools, micro workouts, mouth taping, sleep syncing, full-day spa visits, and sober-curious lifestyles, to mushroom mania​.

Exercise Recovery: 

With the rise of recovery tools like massage therapy guns and air compression boots, recovery is becoming a major focus for gyms and wellness clubs.

Spiritual Wellbeing: 

Achieving a sense of connection to something larger than oneself through practices like meditation, breath work, gratitude practice, or martial arts.

Biotech Wellness Tools: 

At-home access to blood testing and other assessments that were traditionally only available at doctors’ appointments.

Micro Workouts: 

Short, low-intensity workouts throughout the day that are both fun and effective.

Mouth Taping: 

Taping your mouth shut at night to force nose breathing, which may provide health benefits.

Sleep Syncing: 

Adjusting your sleep cycle to the rhythms of nature and your circadian rhythm for improved sleep quality.

Full-day Spa Visits: 

Making a day out of spa visits rather than just booking a single service.

Sober-curious Lifestyles: 

Exploring life with less alcohol and more non-alcoholic alternatives.

Mushroom Mania:

 Increasing mushroom intake for their high levels of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and bioactive compounds.

These trends and practices invite us to prioritize self-care and wellness in new and diverse ways. Whether you're intrigued by the prospect of micro workouts or considering a more mindful approach to eating, there's a wellness trend here for everyone.

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Ashleigh Nicole is an Alabama-based writer and freelancer, bringing a unique blend of culinary expertise and creative storytelling to the world of writing. The former executive chef at a prominent French bistro was forced to rethink career choice after COVID-19. She is now a truth seeker and news junkie sharing what she finds with her audience. Drawing from her diverse experiences, Ashleigh now uses her storytelling abilities to captivate readers and offer a fresh perspective.

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