Self-care and wellness trends have always been big, especially over the past two years. But there’s something about lockdown happening which has made us all listen up.
We’ve had a glimpse of what our crazy lives used to look like, and it’s somehow made self-care and wellbeing be pushed to the front of our minds again. Especially with so many of us feeling feared and uncertain.
Let’s face it: we’re all guilty of spending time with our heads buried into apps and devices. We live life constantly connected and it means our brains never switch off.
By living this way, we’re not only burning out, becoming distant and suffering from posture issues – it also affects our sleep. Being glued to technology and taking longer to fall to sleep has a direct impact on our everyday mood, health and wellbeing.
If you’re working on your mental health right now, here are the biggest self-care and wellness trends that can provide you with some much-needed inspiration for a future of staying at home more.
Home designers and interior brands ramped up their crystal-inspired décor last year, which has been becoming increasingly popular. You can find an array of accessories and home items adorned with coloured crystal features, as crystal therapy becomes a key way to connect with feelings of stillness, calm and clarity.
If you’re going to bring crystal therapy into your home, it’s important to remember that it shouldn’t look tacky. The most natural way to bring crystals into the interior design world is through utensils used in the kitchen and dining room, like rose crystal charms for wine glasses, or crystal handles on cutlery.
Incorporating crystal therapy into your home allows you to connect to a world that is more peaceful, as many crystals are said to provide healing powers and aid tranquility. There are specific colours of crystals which signify slowing down and encouraging deep breathing. If you’re quite uptight and anxious, it’s worth researching.
The beauty of having natural light flowing through the home is one of the best things you can do for brightening your home. When there is bright light shining through the home, we tend to feel an uplift to our mood, lifting away feelings of anxiety and depression.
Of course, it’s not an instant cure. But by waking up to light flooding the bedroom, or cooking by open windows, it can do wonders for the mind.
If you’re looking at updating your home or making a few changes if you’re going to be working from home more often, have a good think about the natural light you have.
Can you incorporate more glass? Would blinds or lighter curtains help to brighten the place up a little? Should you move your best to a more naturally lit room?
Since the pandemic hit, it’s become a global situation that more of us must adapt to working from home. This aside, flexible working has been a growing factor within businesses for some time, so it’s safe to say we are becoming a nation who are getting used to working from home.
You’re either someone who takes to it well, or you’re someone that despises it. Either way, there are so many factors to consider in regard to how it really can work for you:
Everyone’s different, so just remember to think about yourself.
It’s often said that the presence of nature can do wonders for our mental well-being and having plants and glowers around us lifts our mood. If you’ve been feeling a little unmotivated at home and want to focus on your wellbeing, it could be wise to look at where greenery and plants can sit inside your home.
By having elements of the outdoors inside our homes, it can help to remind us to take time out and appreciate real beauty. You don’t have to invest in real plants that you water every day if you’re not into it.
There are plenty of dried flowers, pressed flowers, faux greenery and potted fake plants that look beautiful. If you do appreciate fresh blooms though, try to adorn your dining room or kitchen window ledge with a bunch of florist flowers once every few weeks.
An interiors trend that is pretty big right now is the use of straw entwined features brought into kitchens, bedrooms and living room accessories, like woven baskets. Although this isn’t ‘plants’, it’s a nod to nature.
The bottom line is that we’re always connected to the outside world, no matter if we’re in the middle of lockdown or it’s a normal UK day. Most of us are glued to technology, whether it’s scrolling our smartphones we’re addicted to, relying on our fitness tracking watch or watching TV shows on an iPad.
Our fast-paced lives have led to many people to start failing when it comes to looking after themselves.
That said, if you want to remedy this during these tough times, you can try these self-care and wellness trends.
You might find the addition of candles, natural textures and finishes in the home can be a great place to start.
This is a guest post by Emma Campbell, owner of lifestyle blog and online store Powder Rooms.
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