Wellbeing trends for 2023 and tips on what health and wellbeing trends we will see more of
I feel the wellness trends for 2023 will focus on prioritising workforce wellness. Research shows that employee wellbeing has slipped down the HR agenda and the vast majority (90 per cent) of UK employers believe their wellbeing culture could be improved, and almost 85 per cent say wellbeing in their workplace is average or below average. And according to the WTW’s 2022 Global Benefits Attitudes Survey, employers with low wellbeing are three times more likely to be disengaged than those with high wellbeing.
As the director of Moddershall Oaks Country Spa Retreat and founder of MADE, a 360 degree wellness centre with an on demand wellness membership, I know first hand the challenges businesses face with burnout and mental health. Businesses can no longer ignore employee wellbeing. Too many companies are in reactive mode – they only do something to address wellbeing when stress and ill health threaten productivity. That’s not a successful way to run a business in 2023 and companies need to be looking after their employees’ wellness needs – not just physical – but their mental wellbeing and looking at their health span- improving the portion of your life that you spend healthy.
Companies who offer real well-being support for employees are already a step ahead of other businesses – who will need to spend time catching up. It’s so important to be forward thinking about wellness and to be authentic in offering wellness support. Companies must do this before they are forced and wellness support becomes an expectation – which it will soon. Wellbeing needs to run through the whole company. While every company is unique, you need to work out what is best for your business. Understand what the triggers are for mental health issues in your company. You need to listen to employees, which sounds basic, but so many managers don’t. For example, people with children might not get much use out of an onsite gym due to time constraints, but they will likely appreciate access to fitness or wellness apps that they can use more flexibly at home.
Companies need to focus on all aspects of health
Companies need to have a holistic outlook, focussing on all aspects of health from exercise to sleep to nutrition to meditation and finding time for yourself, whether that’s reading a book or going for a walk in the sunshine. This is why I launched a corporate wellbeing platform to support businesses through one of the toughest years ever for employees, after COVID burnout and now the cost of living crisis.
MADE On Demand is a brand new platform which provides a wellness solution for corporate companies and offers a holistic solution to wellbeing – so crucial during this recent tumultuous period. Wellness encompasses looking after your mental health as well as your physical health. It’s a feeling of wellbeing within your life – a feeling of calm and doesn’t just mean you are without health problems. It’s time companies took a step forward to look after wellness in 2023- otherwise I can guarantee, you will be left behind.
Wellness trends will continue to grow
I see the wellness trend continuing to grow. A study during the pandemic showed that the pandemic has enticed more Europeans to adopt new everyday healthy habits, with 65 per cent of people more likely to consider their health in day-to-day decision making. The nonprofit Global Wellness Institute (GWI) unveiled its research report, “The Global Wellness Economy: Looking Beyond Covid” and it predicted that the wellness economy will grow 60% from 2020-2025.
Personally I see the mental wellness side of wellness evolving a lot more as we realise more and more how important our mental health is and looking at how sleep impacts our lives. With the rising cost of living, insomnia seems to be on the rise and there is a lot of anxiety connected with it and I think this is something the wellness community will evolve to tackle – but it’s something that employers need to tackle too.
In 2023, I do hope there will be a move away from feeling pressured for perfection in all areas of our lives to look more for contentment in what we already have around us. There is a dangerous element of wellness where ‘positive thinking’ is meant to get where you want to be and that if you don’t make it, it’s your fault but this is such a harmful way to think – we have to remember there are outside factors that affect our wellness too.
Even though the wellness sector is growing and shows no signs of slowing down, the obesity rates are still rising and with the cost of living crisis, people tend to cut down on things that help them to live better like healthy food and their gym memberships so in terms of wellness trends there is still a lot to play for and a lot of opportunities. It’s not like it’s going to go anywhere and it’s going to be very much needed.
At home wellness is definitely still going to rise and wearable tech is only getting bigger and smarter and more integrated and supplements and quick-fix type things are growing as well.