From #selfcaresunday face mask selfies to the mantra of “staying in is the new going out,” we have definitely become more focused on self love this year. But what we’re seeing in the coming year is a shift towards self care being less of an occasional indulgence and more of an everyday necessity. Does that mean your lunch hour should include a trip to the spa? Not exactly (although #goals).
Instead, we’re seeing small ways to pamper ourselves popping into our everyday routines. From starting our mornings with a meditation session, to keeping a gratitude journal, to drawing an evening bath, to just finding some time for a little peace and quiet, we see self care becoming as natural as starting your day with a shot of ACV.
According to the experts at The Global Wellness Summit, taking care of our mental wellness “will be the biggest future trend, period: from wellness destinations and spas bringing in neuroscientists and psychotherapists, to meditation becoming seriously mainstream, while evolving into new breeds, to part-mind, part-body workout brands, to apps that track your mental state).”
Sharing notes about our morning routines on our Insta, on podcasts, and even in dinner party conversations is becoming increasingly common. But we’re not talking about a strong cup of coffee and a bowl of cereal. Our morning routines are an opportunity to kick off the day with some serious self care. From opting out of technology until we’ve had a chance to meditate, to pounding a shot of ACV, adding collagen and adaptogens to our coffee, pulling an intention card, and writing in our intention or gratitude journals, morning time is becoming all about “me” time.
Focusing on our sleep routines will be a major part of this trend. Globally, we’re seeing the growth of sleep tracker apps to ensure we’re maximizing our Z’s and blue-blocker shades to get us sleep-ready before we hit the hay. Locally, we spotted the sleep-focused pop-up at thisopenspace on Queen West, which featured a dizzying array of snooze-focused products including optimized mattresses, candles (though maybe blow these out before passing out), and oils to help promote relaxation.
With so many of us making sure we find our (however brief) moments of zen throughout the day, it’s no wonder brands are popping up everywhere to help us do just that. From Flawless By Friday’s highly portable, easy to apply and toss face and eye masks, to Beekeeper’s Naturals cult-fave propolis spray that works as an easy two-spritz way to get your preventative health on anywhere, to Matcha Ninja and Vital Proteins’ quick-pour pouches of powder to supercharge any beverage, we’re seeing more ways than ever to indulge in a little “me time” anytime.
Expect this trend to expand into more products supporting the self-care movement, a greater acceptance of powering down and tuning into ourselves and our time with loved ones, and a more common conversation about our everyday self care practices.
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