Digital Detox. Silence. Kindfulness. Stress pebble. Wabi-sabi. Mind-trackers. Hygge.
Is this a coded message from the future? Not at all! In fact, this is a message of wellness from the year 2018, which is almost upon us!
This article talks about what trends to expect in 2018. If 2017 was all about mindfulness, expect that kindfulness, or rather, being kind to oneself and others, to be an area of focus. If mindfulness of our own state of mind is the first step, application of that knowledge would be to balance out the awareness, and do something to be kind to ourselves. Once done, the next step is to look for ways to be kind to those dear to us. Now, possibly, to strangers too!
Hygge, is a Scandinavian concept. It is the feeling of contentment in the simple pleasures of life – such as a quiet walk in good weather, or a mug of spicy hot chocolate when there is a nip in the air – it is another crowd favourite. Come 2018, and that trend will walk a step further, with the Japanese concept of Wabi-Sabi. This means embracing imperfection and the transience of all things and of life itself. While these sound like zen principles, more suited for the retired or the wealthy, it is of great value for time-starved people like us. We are able to look past traffic snarls, and enjoy the sight of a warming parent-child interaction in the next car. We’re able to look up from the work in progress in our conference to appreciate the beauty of a sunset in progress. These simple things are fulfilling, and bring awareness to the present moment, and the fact that we do have many good and fulfilling moments in our lives.
If sitting is the new smoking, then go cold turkey with standing. In meetings, at desks, and everywhere, there is a higher focus on standing and delivering wellness to oneself.
As the relentless noises around us go on, people are turning to the value of silence, even going to silence spas, to get it. And silence, thus, is a trend for 2018.
If you thought activity trackers, diet trackers and meditation trackers are all the rage, the next level is to track the mind, by checking breathing patterns, to assess what causes stressors in each of us, and what are patterns specific to us.
Having applied a majority of these in our recommendations to clients, we realize the inherent value of these ideas. Which one of these would you like to try at your workplace?