Wellness. Self-care. Mindfulness. Whatever you may call it, we’ve all required it at some time during the past two years.
While America’s scientists and medical experts have done much to mitigate the COVID-19 virus’s potency, we must continue to use smart strategies to protect our health. Here, we share news of a few trends and ideas below that reflect on the state of Colorado as we enter another year with hope and renewal.
1. Wellness Marketplaces
Following a national trend, some wellcare businesses are banding together to occupy large building spaces that once housed retail stores or business offices but are now dedicated solely to wellness needs.
A prime example is Nurture: A Wellcare Marketplace, a Denver complex that is home to more than 60 independent health practitioners and retailers offering (almost) all things health-related, including the medical doctors themselves. These may include specialist physicians, physical therapists, mental health counselors, chiropractors, yoga practitioners, and more.
2. Uphill Skiing
When the ski lifts stopped turning in 2020, a new trend emerged: uphill skiing. It’s now called “uphilling,” and you’ll need to look for specific places to do it and special boot accessories that allow you to climb without gliding back down the slope.
Check out all of the uphilling opportunities in Colorado at the Denver Post.
3. Sensible Indulgences
The Daily Sentinel’s list of nutrition trends for Colorado includes what they’re calling “Sensible Indulgences.” They outline a number of snacks that feel indulgent or like comfort food but that are good for us in small doses. The article also includes a recipe finder for you to make your own delicious, healthful dishes.
4. Health and Wellness Apps
The Health and Wellness Services division of Student Affairs at the University of Colorado Boulder has compiled a great selection of apps to boost mental health, help you eat more nutritiously, support mindfulness and meditation, and self-help guidance for negative thoughts or behaviors, easing stress, and just about anything to add encouragement and help through each day.
You don’t have to be a student to browse this list for yourself! These apps are not a substitute for professional help or therapy.
5. Rise in Mental Health Care Awareness
The experiences of isolation, lockdowns, school and work shutdowns, home readjustments, and just plain fear have taken their toll on the mental health of many children and adults. However, these experiences have given us a much more enlightened look at mental health care.
The result has been a positive trend toward a much more open environment to destigmatize and normalize the discussion and treatment of mental health, making it an integral part of patient care. Today, the rapid expansion of telehealth technology to virtually treat behavioral health has greatly improved its accessibility, along with a plethora of many helpful apps to aid those who suffer from anxiety, depression, or other conditions.
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