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Top 2021 lifestyle, wellness trends, from slow travel to friluftsliv

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With the coronavirus pandemic shaping our entire world in 2020, it’s no surprise that we’ll see its influence extend into 2021 lifestyle and wellness trends.

“I think the pandemic will continue to drive trends for at least another 18 months. Even with the vaccine,” Jane Buckingham, founder and CEO of trend forecasting and consulting company Trendera, told USA TODAY.

So what can we expect to see in 2021? Picture a rise in health-tracking wearables, feel-good phone apps and an increased focus on work-life balance and eco-friendly products. Plus, experts predict you’ll hear much more about the Norwegian concept of friluftsliv. But more on that later. 

Here are some of the top trends you can expect to see in 2021:

Comfort crafting

In terms of mental wellness and self-care, Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy’s trend expert, says “little luxuries” and “wellness-focused rituals” are going to be popular. This includes things as simple as reinvigorated fitness routines and long baths. Another trend that Johnson predicts will “really stick out” is comfort crafting.

“It’s really a time to craft, to learn a new skill and it can certainly serve as a form of self-care and grounding,” she said.

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Mediation and therapy via your phone 

Buckingham predicts we’ll also see more focus on self-health monitoring with the help of wearables such as the Apple Watch and Fitbit to track and motivate movement, temperature and hormones and enzymes.

She also predicts there will be an increase in meditation and therapy apps like Calm that can help relieve stress.

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Friluftsliv and outdoor bliss

You may remember the buzzword “hygge” from trends of years past, the Scandinavian practice of coziness, but Johnson predicts a Norwegian concept will be in full swing  for 2021 called friluftsliv (pronounced free-loofts-liv). Friluftsliv, which translates to English as “free air life,” is an appreciation of being outdoors and incorporating outdoor activities into your life.

“It’s really putting nature at the forefront of everything that you’re doing in your life,” Johnson said. “In 2020 I think it was the first time a lot of us really gave a sense of more appreciation and connection to the outdoors, and so I think for 2021 that sensibility is just going to continue to increase.”

Buckingham notes an increased interest in the outdoors making its way into people’s homes, with “more outdoors incorporated indoors” with things like plants and other natural materials.

Trampolines for adults 

Buckingham adds that there will also be increased interest in stationary fitness tools like the Peloton and trampolines. Though the trampoline trend may feel like a throwback to your childhood, the up-and-coming trampoline workouts use smaller, in-home devices. Jumping on trampolines burns more calories than jogging, according to a NASA study. The technique is already a favorite for celebrities such as Eva Longoria and Goldie Hawn, who posted her bounce workout while listening to Dua Lipa on Instagram

Wearable weights and workout accessories such as Bala Bangles will also be on the rise since they make “working out easier without taking up room,” Buckingham says.

Slow travel

Buckingham also sees the outdoors being part of an increased interest in slow travel, which focuses on providing an escape and getting to know a place in an authentic way. 

“It also has to do with, when you reach a destination, choosing fewer things that are adrenaline inducing — like instead of going to an amusement park or jumping out of an airplane, picking a destination that is more enriching for your mind and mental health,” she explained. “So a lot more being in nature, practicing being present and savoring the little wonders of the world.”

Chicory root coffee 

Melissa Rifkin, a registered dietitian and nutrition influencer based in New York, predicts an increased interest in chicory root as a coffee alternative as part of a larger trend surrounding gut health. 

“It definitely has fiber and lots of antioxidants, so I think that’s also gaining a lot of momentum,” she said. “It also has prebiotic fiber that leaves bacteria in your GI tract, so that’s beneficial to reduce inflammation and improve mineral absorption.”

Triniti Gawthrop, founder of Ami Wellness, a plant-based supplement company focused on women’s wellness challenges, says she’s seeing “more and more people looking at preventative care,” including making connections to gut health for immunity.

Eco-friendly menstrual care

Cherie Hoeger, CEO and co-founder of period care company Saalt, predicts  2021 will see an increased demand for environmentally conscious menstrual products.

“Especially during this pandemic situation, a lot of people have more awareness around disposables and how fragile our supply chain is,” she said, explaining that her own business showed an increase in demand for these products.

Hoeger said her company saw a 60% uptick in sales since March compared to a year earlier.

Mushroom adaptogens

In addition to sustainable products, demand for plant-based options is increasing as vegan and plant-based lifestyles continue to rise.

Rifkin said she sees people are “leaning more towards a wholesome approach to getting their caffeine and focus,” such as coffee and protein bar alternatives that include mushroom adaptogens, powdered superfoods that can “help reduce stress, improve mental clarity and give more energy.”

“I think that plant-based you’re seeing everywhere,” Gawthrop added. “We have so many plant-based substitutes now, across the board – from food to cosmetics to wellness, so I think that, that is just going to continue to grow as people make plant-based part of their lifestyle.”

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Room dividers

If 2020 was a year of pivoting, then 2021 is going to be about “bringing back that balance and function,” Johnson said.

For some, that will mean making your space “function, stylish and still feel like a home.” To this note, Etsy  saw a 399% increase in searches for wall or foldable desks  in 2020 and a 134% increase in searches for room dividers.

“Again, this is making sure that your space is functional but that you’re really able to distinguish – OK, this is my work area, this is my home space and this is the school area if you have kids,” she said. “You’re seeing people really want to be able to create functional spaces that work for them and not just, ‘Let me toss up a desk on my kitchen table.’ … People want to bring balance and stability to their work spaces.”

Family-first jobs

 2021focus on work-life balance won’t stop at home organization. Hoeger predicts this trend will also seep into people’s priorities in job searches.

“I think that the pandemic has just exacerbated that more because people have seen the needs of that work-life balance and family needs have come more to the forefront,” Hoeger said, adding that she sees people are flocking to brands that “really listen to the needs of their employees.”

‘Athflow’ fashion

According to Pinterest’s 2021 trend predictions, athflow, which is “when athleisure meets elegance,” will be everywhere in the new year. “Athflow is professional enough for the ‘office,’ stretchy enough for the yoga mat and comfy enough for the couch,” the trend report states, adding that the site has seen an increased interest in styles such as cotton jumpsuits and soft clothing.

Buckingham echoed this trend, saying she predicts a “continued growth in athleisure but also a growth in comfortable but more glamorous clothing for when you want to look nice but still be comfortable at home.”

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