Things come into fashion and go out of fashion all the time don’t they? In today’s modern age we call it trending or the latest trend which often refers to the most popular topics of conversation on whichever social media platform you happen to be enjoying at the time.
We’ve recently seen the revival of flares after their hey-day back in the 1970s and things we all thought were amazing and original back when we were children, the kids of today think are brand new and that they’ve only just discovered.
A Popular Trend
One of the most popular trends of late is Wellness. Ironically, Wellness first came about in the 1950s and appeared predominantly in the seventies before receiving its quietish revival in the early 2000s.
What is Wellness? “Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth.” Essentially it’s self-care (another current popular word) but at a whole new level.
There is a distinct lack of Wellness in the world with people often not even appearing on their own list of priorities let alone featuring near the top.
So why Wellness? Obviously, maintaining a high level of Wellness and self-care is essential for a high quality of life. Irrespective of a person’s age, size, shape or perceived attractiveness, it is Wellness that is the cornerstone of quality of life. It determines how we ultimately look, feel, interact with others and thrive in life and work.
Just a fad?
Wellness has now become so “popular” that it is considered to be a cornerstone of a global industry which includes things such as superfoods and yoga. However, is it merely another passing fad or is it a necessity to life?
Even festivals, which used to be primarily focused on music, are now placing more emphasis on Wellness with healthy food, HIIT sessions and more. It definitely seems that Wellness is set for world-domination but is this a good thing?
If you take out the commercialism aspect, then yes, it is.
Is it for everyone?
Anyone who has been to the supermarket or health food stores of late will know that superfood charged smoothies, natural supplements and everything else don’t come cheap. To live the “ultimate wellness lifestyle” you do need to have the income to support that which is also why it can be known as the middle-class-earner trend.
However, Wellness doesn’t need to only be for the big earners. It is possible to achieve a high quality of life on a low budget. After all, they do say that money cannot buy happiness. Shopping at local markets and farm shops for produce can improve what goes into your body. You could even try growing your own vegetables, both fun and very rewarding. Setting aside time throughout the day to indulge in a warm bath with bath salts, or even simply a warm drink in a quiet space. Or perhaps practising mindfulness to help bring clarity and peace to your mind.
Wellness is definitely in fashion and bang on trend at the moment. The hype surrounding it all may well pass, but the message is an important one that needs to remain. We need to take care of ourselves in order to take care of others and have a quality of life that allows us to feel happy.