In the past two years, the pandemic has affected all of our lives in various significant ways. Among other things, it has also affected how we approach our quest for a healthier lifestyle. Considering that, what health trends can we expect in 2022? We will explore some of the main ones right here.
Bigger general health awareness
Most people who lead unhealthy lifestyles have always realized they´re doing something wrong, at least on a minimally conscious level; they just didn't have the incentive to do anything about it. After all, until at manifests its consequences in practice, unhealthy living always seems like a problem to deal with "tomorrow".
The pandemic changed all of that, with obesity and its related conditions recognized as prime risk for more severe reactions to covid-19 early on. This unsettling reminder of the risks of obesity was just the kick many people needed, And seeing as public health is a more mainstream topic than ever before, people will likely continue to become more aware of the healthiness of their lifestyles in 2022.
During the pandemic, most of us spent a lot of time at home. And some of us started cooking instead of eating out for the first time - learning a lot about food in the process. Many people were astounded to learn just how important gut health is to our general wellbeing. As a result, people have started taking better care of their digestive system and the balance of nutrients they need to maintain their gut ecosystems. Vegetables, fresh fruit, and whole foods became a staple of many people´s diets for the first time.
While many of the current health trends have been formed or affected by the pandemic, some have been around for a while but are gaining steam just now - such as the need for a more eco-friendly lifestyle. In the past couple of years, the number of Google searches about eco-anxiety and climate anxiety has increased exponentially.
With extreme weather events like fires in Australia and California and floods in Southeast Asia, people have become more aware of just how real climate change is. And acting on those feelings not only reduces our personal anxiety about the future but also helps the planet in the long run. For example, on a smaller scale, people have been choosing seasonal, local foods and trying to reduce food waste.
The social distancing of 2020 (and to a lesser degree, 2021) has given us all a chance to look inwards more honestly than ever before. With some people thinking about their mental wellbeing for the first time, many of us have recognized the role heightened stress levels have in our lives - and the disastrous effects they have on our health.
As a result, people will continue managing their stress more deliberately in 2022 - seeking out more natural environments, learning about relaxation techniques, natural ways to control their anxiety or even open themselves to alternative treatments. All of this with the purpose of finding the right balance between mind and body.
In the past few years, people have understood the importance of having a healthier life, especially when they are increasingly exposed to external situations which directly affect their health and threaten their quality of life.
The demand for organic and healthy alternatives has been increasing given their effectiveness when it comes to taking care of our health, because it has been understood that it is possible to have a better quality of life, if we know how to take advantage of all the benefits that nature has to offer.