The COVID-19 pandemic spared no aspect of life. People from all over the world, regardless of age, gender, religion, race, or nationality, have to contend with this global healthcare issue in one way or another. Even everyone’s mental health has been put to the test. This reality hits close to home, especially to those who have personally experienced this plague’s worst possible outcome—the death of a loved one.
Now, more than ever, government and private institutions have realized the need for a robust healthcare system that takes better care of their people. If there is a silver lining to this collective nightmare, it has to be the health and wellness trends that resulted from the pandemic.
These health trends will continue to gain traction this year, and they will better prepare everyone for global health concerns that have yet to come. Here are some of the most noteworthy of these trends.
The continued evolution of health and wellness
In the coming years, health and wellness practices will evolve for the better. Here are the things to look forward to.
- Telehealth: consult with a physician without leaving the house. Remote healthcare is an emerging medical trend that employs technology to provide essential health guidance to patients outside medical facilities.
- Stores will stock up on health and wellness products through healthcare consumerization. Businesses will monetize people’s renewed or strengthened interest in personal wellness. Expect consumer products that highlight health and wellness benefits to inundate stores online and off.
- Healthcare vendors are coming together for interoperability. The word to look out for is interoperability or the ability of different software applications and information systems used by healthcare vendors to communicate. That will result in an efficient exchange of data that can be used by both healthcare professionals and patients.
- Getting treated before illness strikes with preventive medicine. Paying for medical treatment is undeniably costly. Thankfully, there is a better alternative, which—proactively dealing with illnesses via preventive medicine.
- Personalized medical treatment. Patients’ susceptibility to particular diseases is directly related to their genetic and molecular profiles. Thanks to scientific breakthroughs like genomics, medical experts have a new way of determining illnesses, going beyond the standard approach of symptoms-based diagnosis.
- Personalized mental health services. In the past, mental health services worked like a monolith, but in the coming days, expect a more flexible approach that considers the differences between individuals. These differences encompass socio-economic, genetic, and racial backgrounds, among others.
- Maximizing the healing effects of drug therapy. At least 50 countries have legalized the use of medical marijuana. In the coming years, expect more to join the bandwagon.
- More efficient smart hospitals. People have been enjoying smart homes for years; now, hospitals are following suit. To be a smart hospital, all the essentials must be present: automated facilities, reimagined clinical processes, and management systems that work within a digitized networking infrastructure.
- Getting active at home through remote training. This trend began soon after the pandemic struck. It will continue to factor into everyone’s daily routine while waiting for vaccine rollouts. There are free YouTube home exercise videos to refer to for those who are not willing to spend. Those who want more personalized training can subscribe to online fitness classes conducted by professionals.
- Look great while sweating out with aesthetic workout gear. Workout sessions need not be dreary. Work out to look and feel great, but the act should look good too. Think:— a workout outfit that doubles as an OOTD. Consider yoga mats with rainbow colors, or kettlebells that look like they were designed by someone who frequents the runways of New York and Paris.
- Access to good food via meal delivery services. Meal delivery services have become the norm for the past 12 months, and their popularity will continue to be enjoyed by people who have become more cautious of getting sick. This is a profitable business for chefs and restaurateurs with sumptuous and healthy meal plans to offer clients.
- Practical diet through intuitive eating. More and more people eschew deprivation diets for intuitive eating. That is understandable, given that the latter happens to be more practical. There are very simple tenets to follow: respect for the body, listen to hunger, and most importantly, know and honor when the tummy is full.
- Paint pantries green by switching to a sustainable diet. Mother Nature needs to heal too, and people have a direct impact on the healing process. Many are becoming aware of how even what we eat contributes to global warming. Food accounts for up to 30% percent of the carbon footprint produced in a household.
- Immunity boost via supplements. Most people started taking vitamin supplements when COVID-19 hit, and there is no reason for this trend to end anytime soon. A healthy immune system requires specific amounts of vitamins and minerals daily, such as Vitamin C, E, A, D, and zinc, among others.
- A focus on public health. The health of an individual is the health of the community. This is what government and private institutions have reckoned in the past year, and Filipinos can cross their fingers for the state’s universal healthcare plans to actually work.
- Tracking stress to better manage it. People track the steps they make while running or also the food they consume in diet journals. Stress tracking will be the next en vogue health and wellness commitment. Expect wearable stress-tracking tech from big brands like Apple and Fitbit. Unlike previous products, these new techs will employ novel ways to measure stress levels.
- Rest is essential to regain momentum. Before the pandemic, rest was a privilege for most people. Now, more are striving for a work-life balance that does not compromise health and wellness. Be spared from burnout by resting when the body sends signals that it is needed. There is no shame in staying off work and getting a breather.
- Mass vaccinations will change the course of the COVID-19 pandemic
Commit to health and wellness
To have a long and fruitful life, health and wellness are essential, especially in a time of a global crisis. No matter how busy one gets or how challenging the daily hustle can be, there is no excuse for neglecting the self, which encompasses mind, body, and soul.
Be proactive. Invest in well-being. The returns of such an investment are more than worth it. Do not hesitate to reach out to Makati Medical Center for any health-related concerns and receive the correct diagnosis, management, and treatment.