Call it an industry; call it a lifestyle; call it a combination of the two - whatever it is, health and wellness has its finger firmly on the pulse when it comes to moving with the times. This year kisses goodbye to seaweed and souping and waves hello to tiger nuts and super spices, just two of the wellbeing trends that look set to soar in 2017.
Statistics show that 43% of people in the UK break their resolutions within the first month and by the end of March that figure has risen to a whopping 80%. In fact we are so good at giving up, that there is now an official day dedicated to our downfall - 17th January is 'Ditch New Year's Resolutions Day'.
Given that January has a whopping four more weekends to survive, booze free, however, it's not always as easy as it sounds. Here's some tips to help you get through - they might seem obvious, but when all of your friends are hammered, having the best time *ever*, you'll take what you can get to shake off your FOMO and succeed.
Coping mechanisms come in all forms - whether it looks like a bottle of red after a tough day, avoidance of social situations or munching on biscuits all day at work. We either need to find alternative coping mechanisms for the circumstances we can't change, or address the source of stress and anxiety in the first place.
I came back to Yoga, experiencing burnout, as a way to quiet my anxious mind, boost my low mood and relax tense muscles. It did that, and so much more. Yoga taught me to let in some acceptance for myself, physically and emotionally. To smile when my tree pose is shaky and to notice, with kindness, if my chest is carrying a tell-tale ball of stress.
They aren't called the Christmas holidays for just any reason. One sure way to help look after your own mental health over Christmas is to find time to relax. Furthermore, mindfulness, meditation and yoga can help you regain a sense of control of your emotions and mental health and help you to relax even more.
Christmas is nearly here! Festive fun, presents, family and good food. Well that's the finished result anyway. What about all of the hard work before it gets to the fun part? Months of budgeting, shopping, wrapping, planning meals, organising family and remembering to move the elf on the shelf every night!
We seem to be moving to an age that values access over ownership. In this shift towards experiences rather than possessions, a "sharing economy" spurned by the technology sector, is growing. Millennials increasingly stream music, films and TV, rather than buying physical copies. We download books and audiobooks to our phones. We rent out our homes, spare bedrooms, and take rides in other regular people's cars.
In our everyday life we often have so many roles to fulfil, all at the same time. Be it wife, mother, sister, daughter, colleague, boss and, the most important of all, being who we are. Always being in demand can be exhausting and draining. It can leave us feeling tired out, cranky and emotional with nothing left in the tank.