In keeping with this year’s wellness odes to nature, breathing and the senses, the blue mind trend will see us taking comfort in water. Inspired in part by Wallace J Nichols’ book and Ted Talk Blue Mind, this is another example of wellness that emphasies the importance of nature in our modern lives. The charge to protect our oceans in recent years has allowed us to appreciate their importance, both on a global scale and in terms of our own health and sense of calm. Being by the water, be that swimming, surfing, sailing or just sitting by a lake or the ocean, can help to reduce stress in our busy lives. And the colour of water? All you have to do is look at Pantone’s colour of the year (Classic Blue) to understand its reliably soothing nature in full.
Try it out: Watch Wallace J Nichols’ TED Talk before heading down to your nearest stretch of water or going for a swim. An open-air swimming pool in London (such as Hampstead Heath or London Fields) will be doubly effective.