The year 2020 was one of surprises and change for people around the world. Most people were required to pivot in their daily lives, and it’s probably not too dramatic to say that nearly every facet of life was impacted in some way. Most notably, though, a new consideration of health was in the spotlight.
With a new year upon us, we’re still experiencing all that was 2020 while simultaneously looking forward to new growth, including continued focus on individual and community health. Check out 2021’s anticipated health trends below (including the Honorable Mentions), and let us know: What will be your focus this year?
It’s no surprise that building and keeping a strong immune system will be a continued focus this year. Simply put, the role of the immune system is to fight off infection, and things that contribute to a robust immune system include a balanced diet, physical activity, stress management, staying hydrated, adequate sleep, and time outdoors. For more information, see our previous blog post, Tips for Boosting the Immune System.
Sleep is an important component of overall wellness, and it’s important for a healthy immune system, as noted above. The National Sleep Foundation advises that healthy adults sleep 7-9 hours nightly. If that seems out of reach for your individual circumstance, check out this resource: Quick Sleep Tips for Truck Drivers.
SELF-CARE / MENTAL HEALTH
“Self-care” has been a buzzword for awhile now, but it’s now thankfully understood to encompass much more than candlelit bubble baths, and it looks different for everyone. We know it’s important to take care of ourselves before we can take care of others, so self-care includes protecting our mental health, too. Self-care activities might include eating vegetables, getting enough sleep, drinking enough water, taking a daily walk, seeing a therapist, and so much more. For virtual therapy options, visit BetterHelp.com.
This one is squarely in the food/nutrition category. Microgreens have been around forever but have seen increasing popularity in recent years. What are they, you ask? They’re vegetable greens that are harvested just after leaves have developed (see photo below), not to be confused with sprouts, which don’t have leaves. They’re a concentrated source of vitamins and minerals, and they have a variety of different flavors based on the plant. Popular microgreens come from broccoli and radish, but lettuces, herbs, and other fruits/vegetables are also available. With increased interest in them, microgreens can be found in restaurants, grocery stores, and farmers markets all around. It may even be possible to grow them in your truck! Check one driver’s similar experience here: The Wheatgrass Trucker Story.
DIET CULTURE OVERHAUL
Last, but certainly not least on the list, is a diet culture overhaul. It may just be that 2021 is the year that folks become really exhausted by gimmicky diets and programs that aren’t sustainable and actually contribute to physical and mental stress. Hopefully, seeking a more balanced approach to health and nutrition will be a focus of this year. Stay tuned for future blog recipes that are tasty, enjoyable, and nourishing to body, mind, and soul!
These health-related focuses may or may not take the spotlight in 2021. In addition to them, these Honorable Mentions may also receive some attention: gut health, all things anti-inflammatory, the air fryer, gardening, environmentalism, condiments, and family nutrition.
So, what will be your focus? Would you add anything to these lists? Comment to let us know!