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International Women's Day UK
Local
Published Tuesday Mar 05, 2019 by Lydia Cardona

The Top 10 Things That Empower Women Across the UK

Personal Growth
Expert Advice
Fitness

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we surveyed women across the U.K. to discover what occasions and behaviours make them feel the most empowered in 2019.  From acts of courage to compliments and beauty treatments, we found* the top ten things that are lighting the ladies up: 
 
1. A productive day (54%)
2. Saying ‘no’ to things they don’t want to do (45%)
3. Keeping up with their healthy habits (28%)
4. Doing something that scares them (27%)
5. When their friends root for them, helping to build confidence (22%)
6. Making time to focus on themselves (21%)
7. A beauty treatment (20%)
8. Compliments from another woman (18%)
9. Compliments from the opposite sex (18%)
10. Cooking a nutritious meal (17%)

 
So what really empowers the fierce females we know? We caught up with some of our resident women warriors to find out what makes them stronger, wherever life takes them. 


 
Take control. 

"First and foremost, I find empowerment every day in other people's motivation and strength. Seeing our clients achieve their goals and change their lives for the better gives me and our entire team at CYC:D a deep-rooted sense of satisfaction—supporting others is key and together we can achieve so much more!,” says Faye Walton, Founder of MINDBODY studio CYC:D. “For me, empowerment is also about taking control. Facing my fears, setting and achieving my goals and finding time within my hectic work/life schedule for my own self-care are all at the cornerstone of my own personal empowerment. We all have different values we live by but here are few of mine which lend them self quite nicely to the subject of empowerment. Be kind, always, learn to love yourself, take risks and never pass up an opportunity as you never know where it may lead."
 


Focus on your overall well-being.

“Finding the space in a day to breathe and move is what makes me feel empowered. Allowing ourselves to take time out can often feel indulgent but recognising the after effects and benefits of yoga or exercise reminds me that we can achieve anything when we put our minds to it,” says Zoe Bertali, founder The Refinery. “We can be strong when we are able to let go of what we are holding on to, be it physical or emotional tension. Creating space in the mind and the body is like a daily declutter which has such a powerful effect on our well-being. Make sure to take the time every day to be good to ourselves”.


 
You are physically and mentally able.  

"As a mother and business owner I wear multiple hats each day and feel such a sense of achievement knowing my body and mind is so strong and powerful,” says Catie Miller, founder of Xtend Barre. “I wake up with happiness and pride knowing I am exactly where I need to be— alive and moving! No day is the same, and this is what excites me for 2019!"
 

Lean on your squad. 

“I am beyond privileged to do what I love and I am beyond grateful and inspired by my clients on the daily," says Ashley Verma, founder of Define London. "Creating a business in a new country as a women takes courage and a massive support network, especially in a male dominating sector. I'm a firm believer that you surround yourself with people that will motivate and lift you up and you will be unstoppable... I take great pride in knowing I have an incredible Define London team that does exactly that."
 


Remove ‘should’ from your vocabulary.

“Empowerment is about women giving themselves the permission to remove 'should' from their vocabulary. So much is based on what we 'should do' and what we 'should have done' or that we 'should be thinner,' says Ali Moore, Life and Business Coach. “When really, we 'need' to embrace who we are and what we want to achieve and feel confident to do this in order to get reconnected to what is actually important to us. The liberation of letting go of the word 'should' in life allows us to focus on the ‘can’… if we choose.”
 

Remember: You do you! It's clear from our research—and the female powerhouses that we have interviewed—that empowerment comes from within, and in so many different forms. So, it’s time we stop putting so much pressure on ourselves to ‘keep up,’ complete tasks quickly or push ourselves to our limits.  

Whether it’s trying a new fitness class on MINDBODY, smashing a health goal or even saying the occasional ‘no’ and enjoying the benefits, discover what makes you feel empowered and happy! 


*Research from a survey based on 1,001 female respondents on January 1, 2019, by 4media. 
 

Lydia Cardona
Written by
Lydia Cardona
PR and Content Specialist, EMEA Marketing
About the author
A self-confessed exercise and sports junkie, Lydia made the transition from fashion to wellness, handling media relations in the U.K. In her spare time, you'll most likely find her hitting up a MINDBODY studio, shopping for houseplants, or walking the family Pomchi.
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