Healthy Habits For The New Year
Looking to freshen things up in 2019? With a new year comes new goals, habits and trends. While a lot of it is white noise, and the hype for most things often falls off before spring, there are some wellness trends catching our attention. These are the six we’re eager to try in 2019!
1. Lagom Living
In recent years it’s been all about hygge (pronounced ‘hoo-ga’). It’s the Danish and Norwegian word for cozy and, if you follow design trends, you know hygge is to interior decor as capsule wardrobes are to fashion. Hygge is also a way of living. It’s spending your Saturday curled up with a book by the fire or slipping into a warm robe. Hygge is about embracing the cozy aspects of life and allowing those moments to linger. It’s the ultimate self-care practice.
While hygge isn’t going anywhere in 2019—not for the Danish or Norwegians, and hopefully not in US trends—there is another Scandinavian concept making its way across the Atlantic. Say hej to lagom.
Lagom (‘lah-gom’) translates roughly to ‘not too little, not too much, but just right.’ It’s a Swedish word about finding balance and practicing mindful living; the Swedish are said to be one of the happiest and most productive countries in the world.
We’re loving lagom for all things in 2019, especially wellness and work ethic. We’re excited to set goals and be productive in the new year, but we’re also committed to maintaining boundaries. This means leaving the office on time and turning off email notifications at the end of the day. For home and wardrobe, we are eager to invest in a handful of sustainable pieces while simultaneously cutting back on the noise and clutter.
We’re also eager to creating balance in our relationships and self-care routines. In 2019, it’s about practicing saying yes and no. Lagom for us looks like staying up late with friends, as well as spending weekends at home; eating more gut-friendly foods and enjoying Grandma’s home-cooked meals; waking up early for yoga and sleeping in on Sunday. It’s making purposeful choices and finding balance. Not too little, not too much.
2. Ingestible Beauty Products
You can anticipate a significant shift in the beauty industry in 2019. We’ve always known outward beauty is cultivated from within, and it seems skincare brands have recently discovered this too. Apart from eating more natural foods and staying hydrated, capsules, powders and skincare supplements are predicted to be all the rage in the coming months.
Whether you want to reverse sun damage, promote cell growth, or clear acne, there’s an ingestible for that—and for all your other beauty woes. Read our detailed guide, Ingestible Beauty Lets You Nourish Your Skin From Within, for learning how to read labels and our favorite organic, vegan, and chemical-free brand recommendations.
3. Probiotics for Gut Health
If you haven’t heard, we’re passionate about gut health and incorporating anti-inflammatory foods and supplements into our diet, so we are thrilled to learn digestive health will be trending as a 2019 wellness trend. While past years have seen an increased awareness about the benefits of probiotics, there aren’t many products on the market aside from yogurt and kombucha.
We’re fascinated by this new brand—Seed—for our daily probiotic + prebiotic needs. Touting their subscription-based synbiotic as bacteria with benefits, Seed is a company driven by wellness grounded in science. Their packaging is also recyclable, compostable, and dissolves in water. We’ll be starting 2019 with these capsules and a glass of kombucha.
4. CBD for Healing
Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, can cure almost anything. A chemical compound derived from the Cannabis sativa plant, CBD has been used as a natural remedy since 2700 B.C and is loved today for reducing stress and healing common ailments.
We’re excited to make a few of our favorite natural CBD products part of our 2019 wellness regimen. You can catch us carrying Shea Brand’s CBD pain reliever, as well as these hemp-infused patches by The Good Patch.
If you’re also curious to try CBD in 2019, check out our Beginner’s Guide for facts, tips, and three more brands we trust.
5. Less Screen Time
If 2018 was spent talking about screen addiction and how smartphones are affecting our sleep, 2019 will be spent taking back control and setting boundaries. We’re pretty excited about this one.
Trend predictions say that people will spend a lot less time staring at screens in the New Year. With the recent iOS update, as well as numerous apps for our phones, we can now see how much time we spend on our devices (and the numbers are alarming). The new update allows you to not only monitor usage, but to set time limits for specific apps—say social media accounts or Words With Friends.
6. Plant-Based Collagen Products
When it comes to beverage trends in 2019, you can expect to see a lot more collagen-infused drinks on the market. While bone broth was all the hype this past year, collagen is what’s hot, and you can now get in your coffee, tonic, and even gin.
For those unfamiliar with collagen and why supplements for it are trending, collagen is a protein in our body. Collagen is what gives our skin its strength, working alongside the protein elastin to help our skin ‘bounce back.’ As we age though, these protein levels in our bodies decrease, which is why we get lines and wrinkles. Collagen also has many other amazing benefits too, from supporting bone health to promoting hair and nail growth.
Unfortunately, collagen supplements are not vegetarian or vegan-friendly, so we’re adapting this new trend to align with our own ethics by eating a diet rich in collagen-building foods. By adding leafy greens, garlic, berries, chia and pumpkin seeds, citrus fruits, and chlorella (a plant-based food set to trend in 2019), we are using whole foods as our go-to collagen source this year.
There are also a few plant-based collagen products hitting the market, like Garden of Life's collagen capsules, Algenist's topical formula, and Anima Mundi's organic powder. We’ll also be using Wallflower Kitchen’s vegan ‘bone’ broth recipe to survive the winter.
Kayti Christian, a staff writer for The Good Trade, is a storyteller, creator, activist, and avid traveler hailing from Colorado, now living in London. With 30+ stamps in her passport, she is passionate about responsible tourism and is always looking for new ways to be a more conscious traveler. She is currently pursuing her MA in Creative Nonfiction Writing at City, University of London.