The healthcare industry is constantly evolving as technology develops and advancements are made in medical research. As a result of these changes, the healthcare space is also seeing the emergence of a few important trends, especially in the last year as the pandemic has moved many healthcare practises online.
Keep reading to learn seven health care trends you need to keep an eye on in 2021.
Investing in sleep hygiene
Sleep hygiene refers to the habits that individuals can practise to get a good night’s sleep. Investing in your sleep hygiene can improve your sleep quality as well as make positive changes to your lifestyle and attitude.
Investing in your sleep hygiene may mean:
- Obeying your body clock
- Improving your sleep environment
- Avoiding drugs and caffeine
- Relaxing your mind.
Going to therapy
Due to its increased accessibility, therapy is now becoming a common form of healthcare individuals choose to participate in. Therapy can now be performed through many mediums (texting, video calling, voice calling) and hence, many individuals are now taking the extra step to take care of their mental health.
Similar to therapy, practising meditation is also much easier due to the affordances of technology. There are many free guided meditations available online, so much so that you can pick a different one for everyday of the year and still have a new guided meditation video or audio piece to use for several years. Regular meditation may help with managing symptoms of anxiety and stress.
Practising food mindfulness
One quote you’ve probably come across in your lifetime is ‘you are what you eat’. This quote is metaphoric when it comes to food, as practising healthy eating habits can improve the quality of your life dramatically.
Food mindfulness may involve:
- Eating slower
- Paying attention to your diet’s nutritional balance
- Understanding your hunger ‘triggers’
- Managing food anxiety.
Participating in virtual fitness
Rather than going to the gym, the new trend in the healthcare space is to take part in virtual fitness. This means participating in virtual chat rooms and performing fitness routines either privately in a one on one setting, or with a class. Virtual fitness routines may include at-home exercises and other forms of physical activity such as yoga.
Undergoing chiropractic care
Chiropractic care is a popular form of complementary and alternative medicine most commonly used to address musculoskeletal health concerns. Chiropractic care involves hands-on spinal adjustments as performed by a chiropractor to help individuals address and manage their pain. It is a holistic health care method which focuses on addressing the root cause of the problem rather than its symptoms.
Taking immune boosters
Immune boosters have risen in popularity as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Immune boosters are foods and vitamins which can strengthen the immune system when consumed correctly. According to Harvard Health, daily multivitamins and mineral supplements may bring health benefits.
2021 has seen many different healthcare trends making an impact on the industry. If you are conscious of your health, keeping up with these trends may help you take care of your general wellbeing.