Category: Health

Wellness Trends on My 2021 Must-Try List

2020 was one of the most challenging years in history, not just for my loved ones and me but also the entire world. Most of my plans were ruined, and worst of all, I had to cancel most of my wellness routines, retreats, and vacations. It isn’t even over yet – We’ve two months to go – but I figured it is a good time to look ahead this month.

 

I had to begin working out at home just like everyone else. If I wanted to go to a yoga studio, I had to deal with significant changes at the few yoga studios that reopened. I was also forced to shift my focus from skincare to sanitization, which also came with the perpetual wearing of masks. These occurrences compromised our mental well-being, forcing us to develop some healthy coping mechanisms to get through the year. I adopted several wellness habits that have stuck with me, and I want to share them with you.

 

Talk and Walk Therapy

With all the time we spent indoors in 2020, the couch is not the best option for most of us in 2021. Together with my loved ones, we have made a compulsory habit of heading outdoors at any chance we get. These walks have proved to be quite therapeutic. Additionally, the onset of the pandemic forced most therapists to stop seeing their clients in the office due to safety concerns.

 

Teletherapy has become a popular trend, and I obviously will be trying it out not just for my safety but as a means of improving my mental wellness. To break the boredom that comes with this trend, I have chosen to also do the walk and talk sessions with my therapists on the road and nature trails. This helps me feel connected with both my therapist and nature.

 

Touchless Spa Services

With the coronavirus still around, we can no longer pop up to the spa and get a massage like we used to do in the past. The need to relax and recover from general stress and fatigue, on the other hand, still exists. We, therefore, have to think fast about how to get these services. This is where the touchless spa services come in so handy to give the same experience without any extra contact.

 

Some of the most effective options to consider when going to a touchless spa include compression therapy, cryotherapy, float tanks, salt caves, infrared saunas, IV drips, and hyperbaric chambers, among many others. These are some of the best spa services anyone can get amid the covid-19 pandemic, where the human touch is a risky affair, but people still need to decompress and enhance their mental wellness.

 

Mindful and Intuitive Eating

Mindful and intuitive eating is another excellent wellness trend that I cannot miss out on in 2021. More people are slowly turning away from restrictive diets, mostly those that demonize certain macronutrients such as carbs. Together with my family, I will embrace food in all its forms through the popular upcycling food trend. The latter refers to the process of turning any veggies termed as ugly and wasted food scraps into amazing meals and snacks. This is a great step towards living healthier, more sustainable, and conscious lives.

 

Digital Detoxes

There is a lot of negative energy globally, ranging from the news, TV, and social media. One of the most important lessons that 2020 taught us is that we have the individual power to choose what we consume. We also have the ability to set boundaries on our digital consumption. As we step into 2021, I will consider digital detoxes and their impact on the collective consciousness.

 

A digital detox can be as simple as devoting just a day, weekend, or week to living our lives free from TV, social media, or phones. This creates more personal time without any digital distractions. We can also use this time to bond with our loved ones, meditate, take long nature walks, read a book and work on creative projects. Disconnecting from all the noise around you is the perfect way of reconnecting with yourself and taking time to understand what you are feeling.

 

You should try out other wellness trends in 2021, including simpler skincare routines, flexibility in goal setting, and cold therapy. I wish you all the best as you take care of your health and wellness in 2021.

 

My Obesity Struggle

I had been obese for the longer part of my life. And just about being overweight, I have been morbidly obese. I am 5 feet 7 inches tall, and at some point, I weighed 136kgs. My goal has always been to lose weight because I am tired of living with obesity.

 

Before looking at my journey, I found it essential to shed some light on what being obese means in relation to the body mass index. A healthy body mass index (BMI) ranges from 18.8 to 24.9. A BMI score ranging from 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight. If you get beyond 30, then you are considered obese.

 

If my calculations are right, my BMI was way above 40. So if you see me talking about obesity, I happen to know it too well. If you have never been obese, it might be hard to comprehend what it means to be obese. For instance, I was accustomed to silent and instantaneous judgments, which at times led to outright rejection.

 

What It Means to Be Obese

I have battled obesity for the better part of my life. Although I always put in some effort in the past, I might say that I have finally found a way to get around obesity. First, I would want to share some of my experiences for those who might not be alive to the plight of persons with obesity.

 

I always started my day feeling exhausted. I only came to understand that my ‘bloated’ stomach was to blame. Waking up feeling tired meant that I had to start my day with high-calorie foods to feel energized and stay awake. This meant that I was trapped in a cycle that was almost impossible to break.

 

Being obese also brought me lots of pain. Excess body weight burdened my skeletal tissues, which meant that my joints would hurt all day. Even taking a walk around the neighborhood seemed impossible unless I took some strong painkillers to mask the pain.

 

Another thing that most obese people experience is their struggle with natural human tasks such as going to the bathroom. Because of my size, I have broken toilet seats. Also, taking a shower was a great struggle, which meant that I had to turn to my childhood sweetheart for help.

 

Combating Obesity

All along, I had no idea of what I could do to bid goodbye to these self-inflicted problems. Luckily, with the help of the love of my life (God bless her), my struggle of fighting independence could soon be behind me. It all started by embracing the fact that eating was an addition, something I remained unaware of all along. I was addicted to pizzas, cream, sodas, and fries. And any time I felt low or stressed, my only solace was food. Any calorie ingested ended up worsening my miseries.

 

By the end of last year (2020), my only focus was to change my eating habits or tackle food addiction. It only started with some talk therapy, which helped uncover critical aspects touching on food addiction. As far as curbing cravings is concerned, I also had to try some medications that help ease cravings, further strengthening my resolve to curb unhealthy eating.

 

Having lost 24 kgs in the last 15 months, I honestly cannot say that I have won the ‘fight,’ but this has injected a breath of fresh air into my life. I believe that I will be able to lose even more weight in the future, but it all boils down to my ability to close my mouth and stop overeating.

 

As far as dealing with chronic obesity goes, I would not recommend that you start going for morning runs, which I am yet to begin. Doing this would make you susceptible to joint injuries. You can be active in many ways; all you need is to be creative and wary of your health status.

While it might be too early to claim that I have won the fight against obesity, I at least now know why I have been obese, what I did, and what I have to work on going forward. Simply, if I can resist the urge to gorge myself, then my weight loss struggles will soon be behind me. And this is a lesson for anyone who would want to rewrite his or her obesity struggles.