What will wellness look like in 2020 as we enter a new decade? That’s the million dollar question! Below we’ve shared our top four wellness trends to look out for in 2020 and how they can positively impact your life.
Biohacking is often referred to as ‘DIY Biology’. When a person works with biohacking, their objective is to gain optimum cognitive function whilst significantly boosting their physical wellbeing. Biohacking fuels the body’s restorative state. Nutritionist and Wellbeing Expert Megan Sutton at Kitchenistic says,
“Essentially, biohacking is consciously manoeuvring the environment around you as well as adapting what fuels your body in order to take control of your body’s make up. It involves a lot of experimentation and the idea is to evolve your biohacking methods as your body adapts to specific practices. Biohacking covers a broad spectrum of practises however, some methods that fall under the biohacking umbrella can be regarded as controversial. For instance, some turn to injections, fasting or the consumption of nutrients that aim to work with how you feel and/act. However, biohacking is essentially any hack that drives you to be the best version of you. So, meditation, a pedometer or even sleep hygiene are all tools that can fall into the remit of biohacking.”
We think biohacking will develop more over the course of this year and we’ll be hearing more unique and interesting ways we can hack our health to become even better versions of ourselves.
We’ve already seen developments in virtual wellness over the last couple of years but 2020 is set to be the year it booms. With increasing demand for better accessibility in all areas of wellness, you’ll be seeing more brands extending their product and service offerings to help you better integrate wellness into your everyday lives, be it at home or on your smartphone. We predict companies will be tackling the “convenience of wellbeing” and trying to find ways to make living, eating, thinking and exercising well even easier. According to Google trends, virtual wellness has had an increase in searches by 242%… a sign that there’s a growing number of people needing more conducive ways to maintain or up their wellbeing.
Wellness in the workplace
The future of workplace wellness will look very different in 2020 and beyond as more companies and employers acknowledge the huge benefits it can bring to not only their employees but also business success. In 2018/19 stress, depression or anxiety accounted for 44% of all work-related ill health cases and 54% of all working days lost due to ill health (Health & Safety Executive, October 2019). In addition, burnout has now been officially recognised by the World Health Organisation as a health condition.
One London-based company , GoSweat, takes a flexible approach by offering employers a benefits system that allows employees to make use of fitness studios such as Digme and Victus Soul with the aim to show them how exercise and diverse wellness-focused experiences directly impact employee morale. In fact, this all-encompassing portfolio of experiences style benefits system has led to an 83% employee engagement. This contrasts with the 5% engagement observed with traditional benefits such as discounted gym memberships.
Another corporate wellness organisation Reset LDN has committed to setting a new precedent around the idea of ‘corporate wellness’ on-site and what it means to invest in employee health. Led by a team of respected industry professionals, Reset LDN provides WeWork and other large corporations, such as Kayak and Frank Recruitment, a ‘one-stop’ wellness option for employees by bringing wellness resources under one roof – multi-use spaces that encompass all or some of their services such as fitness sessions, educational seminars and collaborative workshops.
Conscious tourism will be big news this year and we’re expecting hotels, tour operators and even tourism boards to embrace travellers’ desires to think more eco when it comes to holiday-ing and travelling abroad. Travellers are putting more forethought into how their trips impact the Earth and the people who live on it, and luxury travellers are no exception. According to research, 56% of high net worth travellers said that the environment is a top concern for them. Bookings for ethical and eco-friendly escapes are predicted to rise according to Stay One Degree, a luxury home rental company, which has an emphasis on eco-friendly homes with natural energy and locally sourced produce. According to GWS’s 2019 Global Wellness Trends Report, “wellness pilgrims are realising that the health of the places they are visiting, and their impact upon that health, is an important consideration when seeking venues aligning with their ideals of wellness and sustainability.”
With more concerns about the effects of our carbon footprint, we think a lot more people will have the environment in mind when booking trips away and we believe “staycations” will come into their own this year as we realise a great holiday doesn’t need to involve extensive travelling.