Wellness shapes into moral obligation

Storming the social media in a way, the wellness space is taking the shape of a moral obligation

By Author  |  Published: 15th Apr 2019  12:07 amUpdated: 14th Apr 2019  6:32 pm

Between “drink a glass of water” and “try goat yoga”, our generation has lost count on the changing wellness trends of today. From minute-long videos to click-bait stories scattered on social media, the well-being frenzy is taking over the internet. Back in the day, one used to wait for magazines and newspaper columns to save that week’s snippet of beauty tips, healthy recipes and exercises. And now, everything, including wellness, is just a tap away.

Search engines run heavy on bizarre wellness trends that celebs practise. The internet never forgets Haily Baldwin Bieber’s blood moisturisers, Gwyneth Paltrow’s apitherapy advocacy to Eva Longoria’s placenta-based face masks.

Even Twitter’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, is a fanboy for such strange trends, as the 42-year-old recently revealed his fitness mantra – of eating just five meals a week, jogging in the rain and working while standing under an infrared light source. And, scores of people follow a trend solely because of their God-like influencers.

Wellness shaming
Wellness overdose resonates with Harish Bhagavathula, an artist and techie who has seen people shunning others for things as trivial as consuming rice, ghee or using plastic water bottles over copper ones. “I’m fine with it as long as you’ve done your research before changing your habits, rather than just going by the word of so-called influencers,” he feels.

The wellness space has transitioned from being a subtle reminder to better health to a paranoid trait of self-absorption that tries to check off all the boxes to stay in top shape. While staying in the wellness loop is lauded, exiting it, however, is considered to be a neglect of a moral responsibility.

However, the opposite of wellness is not always illness. “It is important to understand your body type and come to terms with the fact that we’re not all the same. Illness is your body responding to change. Listen to what your body says,” adds Harish.

Heart, mind and body
Psychotherapist and mental health professional, Dr Purnima Nagaraja compares one’s body to a three-storey building, with a basement (inner self), first floor (body), and a top floor (mind). Purnima points out, “Now, most people want the living spaces to look beautifully decorated, giving little focus to mental and physical well-being. And obviously, at some point, the house will fall apart. Today, what we do in the name of wellness is very superficial.” The strain of wellness can be dealt with in a better manner, she adds. “Confronting bottled-up emotions is real wellness,” asserts the expert, adding, “Deal with issues that you’ve kept aside.”

Normalise emotions
There is a term coined to address people who are obsessed with eating healthy – orthorexia. Karan Johar denying a packet of chips makes headlines; while other stars feel eating homemade Dal makhni is an ‘indulgence’. Most of us have masked emotions because we need the world to see us as ‘well’.

But, it’s high time we accept that, sometimes, the power of positivity can be a burden that promotes unhealthy ideologies and learn that emotions like anger, sadness and worry are normal reactions.

Goat YogaWellness shapes into moral obligation

Yoga with a twist, Goat Yoga has an instructor teaching asanas while kids are free to move around, even climb on you for therapeutic results.

Activated charcoalWellness shapes into moral obligation

Made out of burnt coconut husk, this edible powder does very little to enhance taste. Known for its purifying properties, activated charcoal appeared on pizzas, burgers, rice and even pastas.

Second skin

This weird beauty trend is all about wearing articulate necklaces moulded into the skin. Celebs like Kim Kardashian, Chrissy Tiegen popularised this concept invented by sci-fi fashion label, A Human.

Sound bathsWellness shapes into moral obligation

No, this doesn’t mean people having a good bath. It means to bathe in sound. Considered deeply relaxing, it claims to heal by immersing attendees in sound and vibrations through gongs, bowls and crystals.