Consideration of food has always been something restaurants have been obsessed by, with ever more seasonal, farm-to-table affairs. Yet even as they close their doors during lockdown, awareness of what we’re eating has gone through the roof. As we spend more time cooking at home, we’re starting to think more and more about what goes into our food. Not just ingredients, but where those ingredients come from, the carbon footprint they leave behind and their health benefits – or lack thereof. It’s why not only have healthy restaurants been on the up, touting their delivery services, but also so many of us are making the most of cook-at-home boxes, like those from Mindful Chef.
Beyond THC & CBD
Nowadays you can find a version of almost anything with a goodly dose of CBD in it. Laced drinks, food, incense and more made their name last year and will continue to do so in 2021. Yet what CBD started, other drugs are soon to take on themselves. As talk of legalisation grows ever closer (we’re of the opinion that it’s inevitable), CBG, THC and CBN – other likely cannabinoids are getting more broadly adopted. Across the pond, psilocybin, the active compound in magic mushrooms, is now legal in Oregon, and ketamine is being seriously mooted as a treatment for depression. Your local newsagent won’t be selling psychotropic Pepsi any time soon, but don’t be surprised if these kinds of drugs become the cool kids of mental wellbeing treatments. For now though, there’s always a nice CBD seltzer.
Virtual gym classes are here to stay, and not simply because of the large proportion of us that don’t particularly like going to the gym in the best of days; at least until we’re fit enough to not be embarrassed. Every major gym, studio and personal trainer in London has their own online classes, so the choice is unavoidably endless. That said, one particular choice seems to be high on the agenda: quick, 20-minute workouts. You know, the kind of workout that you can fit into your life at any point, feel great after and not leave puddles of sweat on your apartment floor. Intense but accessible. Core Collective for example, do some classes as short as five minutes; Les Mills have condensed their scientific approach down to 15 minutes and everyone else in the digital world has a wide selection of 30-minute classes, too.
Sure, spas may be closed at the time of writing, but just before lockdown III (?) many of London’s best temples to pampering had adapted to entirely hands-free wellness. Obviously, that includes things like isolation pods, floating tanks, aromatherapy and the kinds of things that wouldn’t really need human interaction anyway. However, spas are also coming up with innovative ways to get (almost) the same experience as a therapist, from aura massages (seriously, it’s a thing) to dripping hot oil on you to electronic massage beds. This is one that might not replace traditional spas just yet, but for anyone that feels a touch uncomfortable with a stranger touching them – or at least, does since the outbreak – then these offer a solid alternative. When spas in London open again, anyway.
The Power Of Sleep
Now that most of us aren’t getting the tiring exercise we used to, sleep is but a fleeting dream many a night of the week. Yet as experts have pointed out again and again, it’s one of the most important factors in your overall health, even boosting your immune system. That’s pretty important right now. That means that even if we’re not naturally tired, we should ensure we get those recommended seven to nine hours of sleep a night. To that end, there are a ton of new gadgets – such as Somnox’s sleep robot – designed to lull you off, mood lighting to cut down on harsh, blue light and calming drinks, fragrances and apps to help you drift off into a deep, revitalising slumber.
It wasn’t that long ago that the techiest wellness we could get was a Fitbit and some supposedly cutting-edge supplements. Now though, health has entered the digital age and come out the other side with an app for every aspect of your wellbeing. There are still a huge number of fitness apps of course, but the pool has also expanded considerably. There are apps to help you quit smoking; apps to monitor and improve your sleep cycle; apps to cut down on your alcohol intake (come on, we all need that right now) and some, like TRUCONNECT or Results Wellness Lifestyle (I know, it sounds like a Google translate) aim to do just about everything. There are also plenty of apps aimed at the mental side of wellbeing too, be that guided meditation with Headspace or a more psychological approach to monitor your own emotions and feelings from My Possible Self. All in all, if there’s a way you feel like you want to improve mental, physical and emotional health, there’s an app for it.