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MINDBODY Holiday Challenge
Fitness
Published Wednesday Nov 27, 2019 by Brittany Raine

Winning at Wellness: Here’s How to Crush The MINDBODY Holiday Challenge

Fitness
Expert Advice

Between Black Friday deals and cookie swap steals, your self-care routine might be feeling an arctic chill this holiday season. But what if we made it a winter of wellness instead of stress? That’s why we’re heating things up with The MINDBODY Holiday Challenge

From pedaling all your worries away in cycling class to sneaking in that much-needed facial (goodbye dry skin), it pays to be present this holiday. The more you book on the MINDBODY app, the more you could win—like a trip to Bali! 

We know you want to score some sweet prizes, so here’s four ways you can start The MINDBODY Holiday Challenge strong while practicing the art of putting yourself first.


EXPLORE MORE 

Try something new! 
Entertaining acupuncture? Pondering Pilates? Now’s your chance to book a new fitness class, wellness service, or beauty appointment—and be rewarded for it! With MINDBODY, it’s easy to discover a new experience and think outside the (gift)box. Plus, you might find something that makes your well-being go, wow! 

 

SHARE THE SELF-CARE 

Have more fun with friends.
If you’ve signed up for The MINDBODY Holiday Challenge and are wondering what to book next, why not share the self-care love with those who matter most? Whether it’s a post-shopping yoga session with mom or a pre-holiday party blowout with your bestie, invite others to join you as you release, revive, and relax this winter.  

 

MONEY MOVES 

Book budget-friendly classes.
Trying to keep your finances on track but want to mix up your workout routine? Burn calories without burning a hole in your wallet with Last-Minute Offers on the MINDBODY app! Find and book individual workout classes at the best local fitness studios at a time and price that work for you—no commitment required!  

 

GOAL GETTER 

Make it social. 
Self-care, meet social media. If you’re looking to keep yourself *extra* accountable when it comes to your wellness routine (and The MINDBODY Holiday Challenge), posting to your preferred social network might just be the answer. Research shows that sharing your #goals on social motivates us to accomplish more! So sleigh all day and show us how you’re improving your well-being this winter by using #MINDBODY and tagging @mindbody. You might even show up in our Instagram stories!   

 

Haven’t signed up for The MINDBODY Holiday Challenge yet? Check out https://mindbody.io/engage/holiday-challenge and enter today!

Brittany Raine MINDBODY
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Brittany Raine
Consumer Content Program Manager
About the author
A free-spirited farmgirl from New York, Brittany traded her job as a journalist and newspaper editor for the San Diego sunshine. Brittany now leads the curation of all creative content. There are rumors she was Middle Earth's warrior elven queen in a past life.
shanila sattar
Wellness
Published Wednesday Mar 17, 2021 by Shanila Sattar

Foundational Steps to Cultivating a Daily Self-love Practice

Self-care
Expert Advice
Personal Growth
Wellness

When you think of self-love what do you think of? Bubble baths, walks on the beach, facemasks, or what? Self-love can mean so many different things but when we think about self-love, we have to acknowledge loving ourselves both on the outside and on the inside. The way that we show ourselves love is one of the most important things we will ever do. 

How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love?

As self-love defines and redefined itself for you over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.

 

Step 1: Learn to set boundaries

Don’t we love this one? Loving ourselves has a lot to do with the boundaries that we have for ourselves, with others, and for others. Take time to think about your own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs when setting boundaries that reflect your personal needs. Boundaries don’t have to be big and scary; they are here to remind us that you get to have your lived experience and still have expectations about how you’d like to be treated and what you’d like to feel.

When thinking about your boundaries, ask yourself:

  • How do I feel without having boundaries?
  • What would I like to have boundaries around?
  • Are my boundaries actual boundaries or am I creating walls in my life?
  • How do I plan to uphold my boundaries?
Step 2: Cultivate self-compassion

In a world where perfectionism and curated existences have been rewarded, begin to cultivate compassion for yourself. You are a soul having a human experience and it’s totally okay if things are not perfect. 

Mindfulness exercises such as Breathwork, self-care activities, and self-compassion, all help train the mind, emotions, and even the body’s stress chemicals to be able to deal with undesired situations. Self-compassion means, can you be nice to yourself? Can you find empathy and kindness for yourself in the middle of what feels chaotic, stressful, or unwanted? Self-compassion means that we get to make mistakes, have our plans not work out the way that we wanted, and we still get to celebrate that we are doing the best that we can and it is enough.

When thinking about self-compassion, ask yourself:

  • How do I respond to stressful situations?
  • How hard am I on myself?
  • How do I celebrate myself?
  • How do I show myself kindness?
Step 3: Nourish yourself

In every sense of the word “nourishment”, begin to learn what nourishes you and what depletes you. Nourishment doesn’t just mean food for yourself; it means that whatever you are consuming whether it be media, podcasts, people, energy, information, etc. all impact the way that we think, feel, and experience life.

Nourishing yourself definitely goes right along the lines of having your boundaries intact and practicing self-compassion. 

When thinking about nourishment, ask yourself:

  • How do I nourish my emotional well-being?
  • How do I nourish my mental well-being?
  • How do I nourish my physical well-being?
  • How do I nourish my spiritual well-being?
  • How do I nourish my social well-being?
  • How do I nourish my financial well-being?

That’s it. Those are the foundational steps to cultivating a self-love practice that you can ease into your daily routine. Come back to these questions often, because like anything else, self-love is a practice and it takes effort, time, and intention to maintain. 

If you’d like to try breathwork, mindfulness, or play classes with me, check out these workshops and training sessions that work with your schedule. For other breathwork classes, browse Mindbody.

 

About the author
Shanila is a 4th generation sound healer, breathwork coach, mentor, women’s researcher, and speaker. She is the Founder of AlwaysPlayStudios where she trains breathwork facilitators and sound healers. Her background is in tech, having co-founded an award-winning web agency, and in women’s research, specifically in mindsets, implicit bias, perfectionism, women's health, and societal experiences supported through the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and several universities. She has implemented several health and wellbeing programs in underserved populations throughout the US. Shanila mentors healers on their healing and intuitive wellness journeys. Connect: @shanila.sattar