By Steff Pitman
"Our generation seems to have broken the mould of bottling things up and unlike those before us we care about our health and mental wellbeing."
Over the last few years, wellness has seen a surge in popularity. From mental health campaigns, the rising popularity of holistic health as well as the emergence of new wellness brands almost every day - what has caused this change? And why has wellness become such a key part of young people’s lives? Our generation seems to have broken the mould of bottling things up and unlike those before us we care about our health and mental wellbeing. We believe in being open, honest, and would rather be vulnerable than hiding behind a mask and pretending things are okay.
It has become an important part of our society that we are not willing to give up. Not only our own wellbeing but fighting for the wellbeing of others, as demonstrated by the BLM movement, the mental health movement and the me-too movement. At the core of all these campaigns is the protection of the wellbeing of others.
Wellness is defined as “the state of good health”, especially as an actively pursued goal.
In a world where everything is uncertain, you are the most important person to focus on. The rise in people practising meditation, yoga and exercise during lockdown was the largest ever with most businesses having to pivot and fulfil the new demand online. Wellness tools became more accessible than ever! Making this the best time for young people to experiment and try things they have always wanted to. It is (quite literally) the year of stillness and for some that has meant growth and for others exhaustion and fear.
Regardless of what this year has brought, these tools can support you. Starting to work on your wellbeing can often be overwhelming and difficult to know where to start but it is something you can do anywhere and it's easier than you may think:
1. Set an intention - Are you looking to move your body more, find calm and stillness or try a specific wellness tool like meditation; or maybe you want to implement a healthy habit such as drinking more water each day.
2. Take your time - The whole point in wellness practises is to support you so putting pressure on yourself is not the answer. Be kind to yourself when implementing new routines or tools.
3. Be open - Attempt something new even if that may not look like something you usually wouldn't. At my lowest point of anxiety, I tried crystal healing. Years later I am now a certified crystal healer helping others with their wellbeing. Being open and non - judgmental in attempting something different is an important part of your wellness journey.
4. Be Consistent - Consistency is key in achieving anything but especially here. If your goal is to relax through meditation or go for a walk to clear your mind then you need to decide how often you are going to do this and stick to it. The more you do something the more it becomes a habit.
"The rise in people practising meditation, yoga and exercise during lockdown was the largest ever with most businesses having to pivot and fulfil the new demand online."
There are many different ways you can access the tools to begin this journey and it is important to do your own research on what you specifically feel drawn to. Here are some ideas to help you get started:
Meditation and mindfulness - Calm, Headspace, Insight timer, Breathe and YouTube.
Exercise - Shready, Mindbody, Alomoves, Peloton, Fiit.
Brands to try - Muse (meditation headband), Goop, Neals yard remedies, Zuela, Odacité, Mind Body Green, Hanx, Piquetea, superfood bakery, Brushed, The Leukos, London Cyro, Get a Drip, Grace and Green, Mr Porter and Facegym.
Netflix Wellness watches - The Goop Lab With Gwyneth Paltrow, Down to Earth with Zac Efron, HEAL documentary, (Un)well, What the Health, Get Organised ( the home edit) The Social Dilemma and The Secret.
Charities - Mind Charity, Black Minds Matter, Wellbeing of women, CALM - Men's mental health.
Holistic Practices - Meditation, Reiki and crystal healing. Although these are alternative practices always seek out someone who is certified and will take mindful practice in supporting you.
Crystals - Amethyst: a calming stone that can help with insomnia, stress and exhaustion. Rose Quartz: promotes love and self-love as well as healing. Citrine: Aids focus and promotes happiness.
Whatever you are looking to achieve with your wellbeing, it's important to remember that it is your journey to take and what might work for someone else may not be right for you. It is all about finding the path and tools that make you feel good.
One thing is for sure, there has never been a better time to discover what works for you.
Steff Pitman is a certified crystal healer, spiritual life coach and the founder of ethical womenswear brand Zuela. Steff helps women find their inner healers using holistic health practices, mainly focusing on taking a circular approach to mind, body and soul. She combines crystal healing and womenswear with her brand Zuela as a tool to help others on their wellness journeys.
Disclaimer: All views expressed in this piece belong solely to the author and do not reflect the views of DemographicaUK as a company.