Grab your sage, pick up your gratitude journal, and sip on some Bulletproof – it’s time to look back at the 2018 wellness trends. We’re reminiscing about the trends we predicted in January to see which ones we got right, which ones are going strong, and which ones you’ve still got some time to embrace.
Biohacking Hits the Mainstream
From Bulletproof coffee to keto mania, biohacking was one of the major wellness trends this year.
In addition to boosted menu additions at some of our go-to spots (see the entire Impact Fuel menu which includes classic butter coffee as well as a version spiked with adaptogens and a pair of matcha blends with MCT and butter, plus the new Bulletproof at Barry’s Bootcamp), we couldn’t go a day without seeing a frothy blend on every in-the-know wellness influencer’s Insta.
Keto may have gotten a bad report card in U.S. News & World Report’s list of the top 40 2018 diets, but more than 9 million #keto fans Instagramming their pro-fat meals might feel differently.
Need more proof? Right here in Toronto, we had our first Biohacking Summit, and our friends in New York saw their very first Bulletproof Cafe popup in SoHo.
Whether you eased in with ending your showers with a cold rinse to boost metabolism, swore by your sleep app, or went all-in with a pair of blue-blocking shades or an Oura ring, likely you embraced at least one element of biohacking this year.
Self Care: An Everyday Necessity
While we’re definitely still about the #SelfCareSunday ritual, this year we embraced self care as a way of life – and that’s a beautiful thing. It’s not just about taking time out for a sheet mask (though we love those too), but overall wellness – of mind, body, and soul.
It’s why you embraced meditation as an everyday practice, allowed yourself to take a day off from your workout routine to reset, kept a daily gratitude journal, and started saying “no” to the things you didn’t really want to do.
It’s also why we got comfortable embracing authenticity, showing what we used to call our “flaws” on social media, loving our bodies as they are, and asking for help when we needed it.
And this is one of the wellness trends we don’t think we’ll see the end of any time soon. So whether it’s getting into hygge instead of that holiday party, or finally embracing… you – let’s keep taking care of ourselves.
Supercharged is the New Fortified
If you weren’t adding adaptogens to your coffee this year, did you even really do 2018 right?
The mushrooms and herbs that are said to help combat certain stressors on our bodies were everywhere this year, and they don’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Collagen – known to help improve the health of our hair, skin, and nails – became as ubiquitous a coffee addition as a sugar cube.
We’re packing little pouches of superfoods in our carry-on bags for travel and continuing to identify new superfoods on the regular (hey, moringa!). Ready for more in 2019?
New Age: From Out There to Everywhere
From crystals, to tarot, to new moon and full moon rituals, new age practices were no longer the singular domain of your quirky aunt.
Crystals weren’t just in our jewelry, but they showed up in our skincare rituals as well this year. “Mercury was in retrograde” became a real excuse for miscommunication or hunkering down at home. We found opportunities to get certified in crystals and tarot readings, kept gratitude journals, headed out on wellness retreats, kept the Palo Santo suppliers in business, and marked the full moon and new moon in our calendars monthly.
Whether your New Age practices are limited to yoga, or if you can’t start your day without an earthing session, at least one element of this wellness trend has become a daily part of many of our lives.
Transparency: The Next Phase of Natural Beauty
This one hit hard and we were here for it. Not only did our favourite natural brands get even more transparent about their ingredient sourcing, but some of the bigger players took the hint as well.
And the movement got some celebrity cred in April when none other than Kourtney Kardashian traveled to congress to speak out on reforming the federal regulations on cosmetics in partnership with the Environmental Working Group.
The celeb was there to support the Personal Care Products Safety Act which would set new health and safety standards for beauty products.
A movement to get brands to tell us more about what’s going on our skin, nails, and hair? We’ll continue to support that for years to come.
Studios are the New Social Hubs
From hosting killer opening events (we see you BOLO), to throwing regular social surprises post-workout (looking at Barry’s & Bubbles), fitness studios were the place to be to get sweaty and get connected. This year, it wasn’t enough to just provide you with a tough workout – studios aimed to be your go-to for catching up with friends and meeting new ones.
The movement is showing no signs of stopping. Back over at BOLO, you can connect in the cafe or while getting a post-sweat blowout. Over at MOVE, you can bring your SO to a workout and mingle with members over snacks and drinks. Head over to Fuel and hop into one of their legendary fitness-meets-fun events like the Fuelbine.
Then there are the large-scale fitness events that bring together the community for a one-day sweat social. There’s City Shred which joined all-star trainers, influencers, and weekend warriors together. And of course there’s Bootcamps for Change, which brings in some of the city’s top trainers with fitness fans who want to sweat for a cause and connect afterwards over some gratis snacks, often with a panel thrown in the mix.
The time of friends asking incredulously why you would possibly consider working out on vacation is over. This year, we made wellness – mental and physical – part of our travel plans. And this is one of our fave wellness trends that shows no signs of slowing down.
In addition to retreats becoming a standard vacation option, hotels themselves are catching on to our need for meditation along the mini bar. Equinox is offering wellness retreats in 2019 and even building its own line of hotels (something the brand has been teasing for a few years now).
Want a slightly more extreme vacation, Wim Hof (you know, the guy who preaches withstanding freezing temps as the key to longevity) offered seven-day trips in 2018 for fans to learn his method.
Did you make wellness part of your travel plans this year? We want to know about it!
Zen with Friends
Want to get zen in Toronto? This year, we saw not one, not two, but three dedicated meditation studios open their doors.
There’s The Quiet Company, which had previously hosted meditations around the city and now runs a cozy, light-filled studio on King West. In addition to intimate classes, the studio hosts a ton of super interesting workshops an events, like a recent panel on CBD, sound baths, and new moon circles.
“Meditation can be intimidating at the best of times,” founder Emily Thring told us in our All In feature on her. “Our goal is to make it relatable and accessible so you can fit it into your busy schedule. It will make you a happier, less stressed version of yourself.”
Next to arrive was Mindset Brain Gym, a tech-heavy space in Yorkville where meditators can pop on a MUSE headset to track the quality of their calm. The studio also features kombucha on tap and a private mediation room.
Finally, we saw the opening of perhaps the most luxe space we’ve seen in any city: hoame. The Adelaide West space features Light and Dark meditation rooms, an infrared sauna, and a Himalayan salt cave. There’s also a carefully curated merch area with a signature scent designed alongside a pharmacist with an extensive education in aromatherapy, a signature tea blended with herbs shown to reduce blood pressure and increase a sense of calm, meditation cushions (the same ones you’ll sit on during a session), and more.
“When creating hoame, we designed it to be as stress-reducing as possible by adapting current peer-reviewed literature into a space that envelops you as soon as you walk in the door,” co-founder Carolyn Player-Zyberk told us when we interviewed her for the studio opening.
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