Covid-19 has changed the way we’ve all been living our lives. In-person meetings have been replaced by Zoom calls, going out to buy groceries has been replaced by shopping for groceries online, and the concept of travelling has changed to walking from one room to another. As the world continues to recover from the effects of Covid-19, the importance of health and wellness has never been more crucial.

We take a look at some of the trends in the health industry which are set to be in 2020 and beyond.

  1. Syncing your daily activities to your internal clock
    Your sleep and routine can drastically impact your productivity and health. However, according to a report by Global Wellness Summit, circadian health optimisation or simply put – adjusting your schedule, diet and environment to sync with your body’s internal clock has a much greater impact on your health than just tracking your sleeping habits. Circadian rhythms influence several bodily functions from your hormones to your body temperature, and they also determine your sleep patterns.

  2. Improved mental health
    Mental health has been a major topic of discussion over the last couple of years, and efforts to improve it will continue being one of the primary aspects in improving the overall health of an individual. As technology continues taking over our lives, therapy will be more accessible to people through therapy apps, teletherapy platforms as well as virtual reality therapy and meditation headsets that will measure your heart and breathing rate, while wearable biosensors that look out for physiological symptoms of stress and anxiety, will fill that gap.

  3. J-Wellness
    Japanese inspired wellness will see a bigger emergence in global health and wellness trends. J-wellness includes things like forest bathing, or “shirin-yoku,” a practice that involves connecting all five senses to nature. Studies suggest that forest bathing can have a beneficial effect on people’s mental and physical health, reducing blood pressure, stress hormones, as well as anxiety and depression levels.

  4. Red light therapy
    Red light is thought to boost energy levels, mood and fitness, as well as sleep quality and the appearance of the skin. Red Light Therapy uses red low-level wavelengths of light to treat skin issues, such as wrinkles, scars, and persistent wounds.

  5. Virtual home workouts
    With Covid-19 having rendered gyms useless for the time being, working out at home with an online instructor has become the norm. Fitness classes and personal training sessions can be streamed online to your digital medium of choice.

The health and wellness industry is set for some incredibly important years ahead, due to the current pandemic as well as the technological advancements in the field of health. It’ll be very interesting to see what more comes in the near future from this industry.