19 WELLNESS TRENDS WE’LL BE SEEING EVERYWHERE IN 2020
The wellness industry is a $200 billion market growing 7% annually in the U.S., a large part of which is funded by millennials. From boutique fitness classes to supplements, to self-quantifying technology like Fitbits, Millennials are investing in holistic practices and trendy products to subvert the symptoms that come with being the most stressed generation in history, a statistic reported by the American Psychological Association. Fueled by a dangerous cocktail of pressures at work and constant connection through technology, millennials, who make up 75% of the workforce, are burning out quickly. So while a meditation studio or sleep app might seem like remedies for soaring depression rates and high blood pressure, the reality is that millennials are reportedly skeptical of institutionalized healthcare and burdened by the complexities of health insurance, meaning they’re frequenting their general care practitioners less and less.
Unsurprisingly, when we asked wellness experts to share with us what the landscape is projected to look like in 2020, western medicine certainly wasn’t one of them; the idea of taking wellness into one’s own hands is still largely popular as we enter the next decade. There’s certainly nothing wrong with group fitness and meditating—these practices support our mental wellbeing as well as our physical makeup (and above all, spark happiness). But perhaps along with these trending self-care practices as we enter the new year, we can take control of our health through self-exams and routine checkups and screenings. After all, health is wealth.