Hi Y’all! I’m back writing about one of my favorite things…wellness trends!
There are so many out there and I love helping you by researching and trying them out so you know which ones are worth spending your time and money on. I know all of you are here to learn how to lead your healthiest lives and that means not wasting your precious time. Lord knows there aren’t enough hours in the day.
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The idea of morning pages was created by Julia Cameron in her book The Artist’s Way published in 1992 and I promise you it has stood the test of time. Her book is full of great suggestions, but her most talked about one is hand-writing three pages each morning with anything that pops into your head. It doesn’t need to tell a story, have a point or even make any sense.
This is one wellness trend that I really need to jump on and I plan to as soon as I get more acclimated to my new job. I journal regularly and have always valued hand-writing over typing, but I think writing out streamless thought without any purpose could be really freeing.
This was first brought to my attention years ago, but most recently by one of the baddest boss bitches around and one of my fave self-care gurus, Lauryn Evarts.
There are no specific studies that have been done on morning pages, but there’s been a lot of research showing that writing out your thoughts can be beneficial and how healing it can be. I can personally attest that journaling has done wonders with helping me overcome issues and I can’t wait to see what my three morning pages do.
Taking the time to write down your thoughts by hand is also a practice in mindfulness and we all know how beneficial mindfulness is! Mindfulness can lower stresses levels, lower anxiety and increase your overall happiness.
Want to learn more? Check out this article interviewing Julia Cameron on how writing three morning pages can transform your life.
Sensory Deprivation Tank
The tanks come in all different shapes and sizes, but the basics are you get into this light-proof, soundproof, pod-shaped tank full of water that has enough Epsom salts in it that you float on top of the water. Now if you read my previous wellness post you know that Epsom salts don’t actually do anything for relieving muscle soreness, but in this case, they serve their purpose by helping you float on the water like your own personal dead sea.
You should be nice and cozy because the water is set to 93.5 degrees. Then you just chill out and relax while all your senses are deprived of stimuli.
For someone like me, this sounds like torture, but that means I probably really need it. My brain moves a mile a minute and my life’s goal is to learn how to work with it and not against it. Plus, I’m not a huge fan of enclosed spaces.
My first memory ever of seeing these was on Fringe so you know I just have to try it.
There have only been small-scale studies done on floating so I wouldn’t call this a scientifically sound wellness trend yet, but I would say it’s definitely worth a try from the aforementioned studies and tons of anecdotal evidence around the web. I’ll add my own as soon as I try it!
Also, if you’re a meditation junkie like me this may bring your practice to a whole other level.
Acupuncture is the insertion of needles into certain parts of the body to stimulate them to bring healing to the area. Acupuncture has been around for a long time, but it’s been one of the biggest wellness trends over the last few years that only seems to be gaining more steam. The ancient practice believed illnesses were caused by imbalances in energies and the insertion of the needles were to correct those imbalances.
Nowadays, in medical communities, acupuncture is used to bring your body’s natural healing abilities to certain areas of the body by stimulating them.
Despite a huge amount of research, acupuncture is still rarely covered by most insurances.
Acupuncture has been shown to help reduce headaches and migraines, chronic pain (specifically back pain), insomnia, symptom management of cancer and chemotherapy, cognitive decline, and pregnancy and labor.
Acupuncture is complementary medication and not a treatment because as far as research shows it can’t cure anything, but it can help alleviate the symptoms.
One of the biggest questions that are still up in the air about acupuncture is whether acupuncture’s ancient practices of placing the needles in specific locations have any impact or if putting the needles in the general vicinity is all that matters.
With the amount of positive research out there if you suffer from any of the above I would definitely give acupuncture a try. I hate needles, but I’ll always jump at the chance for some acupuncture because I feel so zen after! It also helped me beat Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth by promoting healthy digestion and assisted in easing my hip pain.
I have no doubt acupuncture is helpful for so many different issues and definitely ranks at the top of one of the best wellness trends to try.
There you have it…the latest and greatest wellness trends! Hopefully, you can narrow down your bucket list to just the wellness trends that work and save some of your green stuff for better things.
Now I want to hear from you! Have you tried acupuncture or any other wellness trend out there? Share with your tribe and let me know your experiences below!
*This is not medical advice. It is just my personal experience and research put together to aid you on your wellness journey.