While the concept of organic is nothing new, it is a way of buying, eating, and living that has become more accessible than ever before. Where once you could only find organic produce and products at specialty stores and markets, now they are available in many big box stores such as Costco, Publix, and Target. While all food and products should be organic and free of harmful pesticides and chemicals, that is not yet the case; but things are moving in the right direction.
As we become more informed consumers, we are demanding to know what exactly is in and on the things that we consume and use on a daily basis. A good rule of thumb is that you shouldn’t consume anything where the ingredient list is a list of chemicals or ingredients that you can barely pronounce let alone know what they really are. While you might do this for the food and beverages that you consume, do you do this for the beauty and wellness products that you use every day?
Until very recently, many all-natural cosmetic products didn’t seem to stack up to their counterparts. Many of us have continued to use the brands that we have always used without a second thought as to what we are putting on our skin and in our hair.
A great new trend that has been taking place in the cosmetic market is the introduction of all-natural, organic, cruelty-free, safe, and effective beauty products that are accessible to a wide range of budgets, skin types, and needs. Cosmetic companies are really stepping up their game to make all-natural products that are as good, if not better than the traditional products that have been on the shelves for as long as you can remember.
Brands like Burt’s Bees, Yes To, Pacifica, S.W. Basics, Fig & Yarrow, Seaweed Bath, W3LL People, ApotheCARE Essentials, BITE Beauty, 100% Pure Beauty, and Ilia Beauty are just a few that only use the highest-quality safe and natural ingredients. Green beauty products that actually provide exceptional results are a thing of the present now!
At Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness, we’ve carried for years MD SolarSciences and ColorScience products, which have remained at the forefront of the green beauty movement. As this trend continues to gain strength, you can expect to see more and more beauty and wellness companies following suit. You know what you are putting in your body, now it’s time to know what exactly you are putting on your body.
Did you know that collectively in the United States we check our smartphones eight billion times a day? The average individual checks his or her phone 46 times a day according to TIME magazine and a mobile consumer report survey conducted by Deloitte. This number is quite an increase from the last survey conducted in 2014. Another shocking statistic is that 81% of Americans spend time looking at their phones while in a face-to-face social situation.
Big Technology has been coined the next Big Tobacco. We are hooked and the effects of this excessive use of technology, especially social media, is proving to have detrimental consequences ranging from an increase in depression, stress, and anxiety and a decrease in real-life connections, social skills, productivity, sleep, and etiquette. Not to mention a high rate of car accidents due to texting and driving.
While there are obviously great benefits that go hand and hand with our technological advancements, there is definitely a dark side. “The brain is designed for making real-world connections with other humans and learning from real-world experiences. Anything that takes away from that reduces your well-being. So, the challenge is finding balance,” expresses Dave Morin a former Facebook executive who created a start-up called Sunrise to fight depression.
The good news though, you are in control of how you interact and use technology and are in control of how you let your children interact and use technology. There is a trend of turning away from technology that is beginning to take place though. While technology is here to stay and an integral part of our day-to-day lives, some of us are beginning to limit the amount of unnecessary or mindless technological activity that we are engaging in on a daily basis.
David Morin goes on to say that, “mindful relationships with anything are all about spending time intentionally. Set up your digital life so that you are in control of your attention—not technology companies.” Like any practice or habit, a mindful decision and commitment must be made.
Reducing your screen time will have immediate and long-lasting benefits. The more you participate in the real-world the more you will feel connected to it. Social media’s initial aim was to connect the world, but it seems to have done the opposite in many ways. It’s time to live our lives not just swipe through it.
A great app to help you reduce your smartphone screen time is Moment. Their motto is “put down your phone and get back to your life.” This app allows you to set the amount of time you are allowed to spend on your phone. It’s a good training tool if breaking the habit of continually being on your phone is proving to be too difficult.
This is a great trend to get on board with! See you in the real world!
The world is changing. The effects of our collective behaviors have reached a level where they are now very noticeable. The planet is heating up, species of plants and animals are disappearing at an alarming rate, natural disasters are on the rise, single-use plastic waste has become an epidemic, and certain resources are dwindling. However, there are individuals and organizations that are doing extraordinary things in the way of saving our planet.
What’s truly inspiring though, is that each and every one of us has the power to affect the planet in a positive way. Little changes in the way we shop, commute, consume, take care of ourselves, and live can make monumental differences in the future of our world. As we are living in an age where health and wellness consciousness is at the forefront, integrating a wellness routine into our lives that is also environmentally-friendly is a trend that only seems to be gaining more momentum.
What’s good for the planet is good for you.
The beauty of creating a wellness-based lifestyle that is also environmentally-friendly is that it is easy! To get started, start by
Eliminating the use of single-use plastics
Did you know that 8 million tons of plastic finds its way into our oceans every year? A lot of that plastic is from items that we only use once and sometimes only for a few minutes. Plastic bags, bottles, coffee lids and stirrers, and straws are among the most commonly disposed plastic items.
Making the switch to re-useable water bottles, to-go coffee cups, grocery bags, and straws is a simple switch that can make a significant difference in the future of our seas.
Giving up red meat
The amount of water, land, and resources that is required to maintain livestock is mind-blowing. Did you know it takes around 2,400 gallons of water to “create” a single pound of beef? Did you know that it takes 10 pounds of grain to “create” a single pound of beef?
And did you know that cow farts and burps are responsible for 14-18% of the harmful greenhouse gas methane that is released into our atmosphere every year? There are over a billion and a half cows on the planet and every day each cow is very regularly releasing methane, which is greatly contributing to the warming of our planet.
In addition to all the run-off from the antibiotics, hormones, pesticides, and other chemicals that go hand-and-hand with the large-scale beef industry, regular red meat consumption has been linked to heart disease among other health conditions.
Not only is spending time in the great outdoors good for your physical and mental health, it is also good for the environment. By running, walking, biking, practicing yoga, or other forms of exercise outdoors you are eliminating the use of electricity from your exercise routine.
Eating seasonally, locally, and more plant-based
The further food has to travel the more of a negative impact it has on the environment. Today, we can pretty much get any type of food from anywhere around the world at any time of the year. However, opting to eat what is in season and what is grown or thriving close to your home-base will significantly reduce the carbon-footprint of the food that you are eating.
Plus, the fresher the food the better it is going to taste!
The ignorance card is not valid when it comes to making choices that are not only good for our health and wellness, but that are good for the planet. It is truly impressive that amount of information that can be found on the packaging and label of an item.
Look for items with labels like “Cruelty-Free,” “Non-GMO Certified Project,” “Eco-Friendly,” “Rainforest Alliance Certified,” “Animal Welfare Approved,” “Fair Trade Certified,” and “Good Housekeeping Green.”
Other simple ways to lead a more eco-wellness lifestyle include…
Supporting brands and companies that are environmentally-conscious
Giving up fish oil supplements (check out a plant-based Omega Blend)
Switching out cotton for more environmentally-friendly products like bamboo or hemp
Using eco-friendly house products (cleaning supplies, laundry detergents, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, etc.)
Every decision that you make not only affects you but the world around you. Everything and everyone is interconnected. If we start collectively making better decisions, we will come into a future where we are not only healthier, but our planet is healthier too.
As we’ve just wrapped up a seven-part series on the seven dimensions of wellness (check it out if you haven’t yet on the Parker Dentistry blog), we thought it only made sense to dive a bit deeper and look at some of the top wellness trends of 2018.
As preventative healthcare continues to evolve, and research continues to provide us with more valuable information regarding our health and wellness, we have the unique opportunity to continue to learn and improve our state of wellbeing.
At Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness, we believe in holistic and preventative healthcare. We know that your oral health affects more than just your mouth, and the same applies to all of the other systems and parts of your body.
Your physical wellness is connected and dependent on your emotional, spiritual, occupational, environmental, social, and intellectual wellness. A lot of the wellness trends of 2018 reflects this interconnectedness. Many of us are looking for new and better ways to take care of our mind, body, and soul.
Wellness trends seems to be moving in a more eco-conscious, “from the earth,” and mindful direction. Many of us are now more interested in finding natural alternatives and realizing that a lot of our symptoms and ailments come from what we are putting in or on our bodies. Many of us are also more interested in finding the source of the symptoms opposed to solely medicating the symptoms into dominancy. This is a positive shift.
The perfect balance is a combination of preventative and curative healthcare since not everything that happens to us from a health prospective is completely in our control or completely preventable. However, through education, self-inquiry, and guidance from healthcare and wellness professionals, more of us are learning the true power of nutrition, exercise, stress-releasing activities, and adequate sleep.
The things we have control over we need to take control of and this includes our wellness. Come with us on a journey of exploration as we take a look at some of the most impactful and inspiring wellness trends of the year. The more you know the better equipped you will be to make the best possible decisions regarding your health and wellness.
Sneak peak of some of what’s to come…
A more in depth look at:
Environmentally-conscious wellness routines
Intermittent fasting benefits
Collagen is the new superfood
Organic and natural beauty products
Breathwork verses meditation
How technology is the next “Big Tobacco”
And so much more…
The last dimension of wellness that we will cover in this series is occupational wellness. Occupational wellness is “the ability to achieve a balance between work and leisure time, address workplace stress, and build relationships with co-workers. It focuses on your search for a calling and involves exploring various career options and finding where you fit in.”
Life is about balance. It is about finding your happy medium. Living your best life involves finding a career that gives you a sense of purpose and pride, managing your finances in such a way that you don’t feel constantly stressed or anxious about money, having the financial means to take care of your physical health, and earning a living that allows you to live the life that you want to live.
This balance is not something that is just given to you. You must find it. The path to obtaining this dimension of wellness isn’t necessarily a straightforward path, at least for some; and that is completely fine. Part of achieving occupational wellness might include “exploring various career options and finding where you fit in.”
Life is about making mistakes and then learning from those mistakes. Life is about taking risks and following your heart and your intuition. The majority of us have to work and will have to work for a significant portion of our lives. To settle for a job that doesn’t allow you to create a balance between work and leisure and that doesn’t award you with a feeling of accomplishment and fulfillment the majority of the time is a mistake that far too many people make.
Occupational wellness greatly affects your physical, emotional, and intellectual wellness, which in turn affects all the other remaining dimensions of your wellness. In order to achieve occupational wellness, self-reflection is vital. You must ask yourself questions like:
Do I enjoy the work that I do most days?
Do I feel that the workload I am responsible for is manageable?
Do I feel that I am able to communicate openly and honestly with my co-workers and superiors when problems arise, or I need help with something?
Do I feel that the work that I do is valued?
Do I have time where I am completely free from work and can enjoy the things that I love to do with the people whom I love to be with?
We are solely responsible for all dimensions of our wellness. It is important to develop a relationship with ourselves that is honest, positive, and communicative. The deeper the sense of awareness that we develop within ourselves, the easier it will become to recognize and address issues or faults in our personal holistic wellness plan. We must learn to listen to ourselves and do what is best for the sake of our wellness, including our occupational wellness.
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