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Wellness
Published Tuesday Feb 05, 2019 by Devin Dilday

5 DIY Ways to Practice Self-Care This Valentine’s Day

Personal Growth
Recipes

Valentine’s Day is a season of love— but it’s not just for couples. This year, we’re turning this holiday into the perfect excuse for a little self-love. Wondering how to treat yourself without dropping a ton of cash? 

From face masks to zen sprays, make your home into a Pinterest-worthy self-love oasis with five of our favorite DIY recipes that will have you feeling fine—no heart-shaped candy or sappy cards required.  

 

“You Guac My World” Hydrating Face Mask 

avocado face mask

With winter weather attacking every ounce of hydration in our skin, this tasty, three-ingredient DIY face mask is a miracle worker. Just try not to eat it! 

Ingredients
- ½ avocado 
- 1 tbsp of organic honey
- Handful of oats 

Directions
- Mash up avocado in a small bowl and add in honey and oats until combined. 
- Apply to face and let sit for 15 minutes.
- Rinse with warm water and enjoy the effects of ultra-nourishing avocado oils!

 


“Oooh La La” Lavender Body Scrub

lavender body scrub

Relax your body—and mind—with this healing body scrub. Packed with antioxidants and our post-workout savior Epsom salt, this combination can help to heal all your aches and pains. 

Ingredients
- 1 tsp (about two bags worth) of green tea
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 5-7 drops of lavender essential oil 
- 3 tsp of Epsom salt

Directions
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl or glass jar. Mix until achieving a pasty consistency, adding more salt or olive oil if the scrub is too stiff or runny. 
- Apply to damp skin, avoiding the face. 
- Leave on for five minutes. Rinse and get ready to embrace your super smooth skin!  

 


“Curly Q Cutie” Hair Mask

curly hair mask

With an office that has a few resident curly-haired beauties, we’ve tried our fair share of DIY Friday night hair masks. With easily accessible ingredients, it’s easy to whip up this hydrating hair wonder. 

Ingredients 
(Double recipe for longer hair)
- ½ avocado
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp honey

Directions
- Combine all ingredients in a blender, blending until smooth. 
- From roots to tips, apply the mask evenly through damp hair.
- Cover hair with shower cap or towel and let sit for 30 minutes.
- Rinse hair until water runs clear then apply conditioner.
- Comb out tangles and enjoy your luscious locks! 

 


“Smell the Roses” Bath Soak

bath soak rose

No self-care ritual is complete without a good bath. Scrub out your tub because it’s time to unwind with one of our favorite recipes. Plus, you can put last year’s dried roses to good use.

Ingredients
- Small cotton or organza bags 
- Roughly ½ cup organic oats (to fill the bag)
- Handful of dried rose petals
- 3-5 drops of rose essential oil
- 3-5 drops of lavender (or your favorite) essential oil

Directions
- Place oats and rose petals in bag. Add essential oils.
- Tie bag closed and let soak in warm bath. Now, bask in the beautiful scents! 

 


“Soothe Your Soul” Spray

calming spray

Whether it’s in our gym bag or spritzed on our pillow, homemade “zen” spray is a must-have, self-love essential. One feel-good mist and you’ll be embracing positive vibes all day long. 

Ingredients
- Small glass or recycled plastic spray bottle 
- 6 oz aloe vera witch hazel water
- 5-7 drops of lavender essential oil
- 5-7 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
- 5-7 drops of peppermint essential oil

Directions
- Add all ingredients to bottle. 
- Shake, spray, and enjoy the instant dose of hydrating calm. 


Whatever your self-care routine may be, remember there’s nothing wrong with loving yourself this Valentine’s Day—and every day! 
 

Devin Dilday MINDBODY
Written by
Devin Dilday
Social Media Manager
About the author
Social butterfly by nature, it's no wonder Devin found her niche in the social media and marketing industry. As a native San Diegan, Devin loves spending time at the beach and dining at local hot spots. When she's not working, you can find her at a Pilates, barre or yoga class.
what is wellness
Wellness
Published Wednesday Oct 06, 2021 by Denise Prichard

What is Wellness?

Expert Advice
Wellness

To say the last year and a half was tough would be an understatement. In fact, it will probably go down as one of the most difficult times for our modern generation. In one of the many social polls we conducted during the pandemic, some of you described this time as a sheer “dumpster fire” or “like stepping on a Lego.” And to be honest, I couldn’t agree more.

Luckily, we’ve been able to get back to some form of normalcy in our lives and wellness routines over the last several months. As vaccines became available to the public, wellness businesses welcomed fitness fanatics, haircut seekers, and massage lovers back to in-person wellness experiences. And thank goodness for that—my roots and horrible posture from working from my bed were both getting wildly out of control. This girl needed a good massage and cupping session stat.

If there’s one thing we learned from the pandemic, it’s that our wellness routines are as personal as they are important. During shelter-at-home, those routines looked a bit different. For many, it meant taking a new approach to the “typical” wellness services we count on—I’m looking at you DIY haircuts, at-home waxing sessions (ouch!), and virtual swerking classes.

Now that we can leave our humble abodes to take advantage of in-person experiences again, the word “wellness” has seemingly taken on a new meaning.

Recently, we conducted another one of our famous social polls to see what wellness means to you, our Mindbody community, now that we're slowly but surely getting back to our regularly scheduled programming. We also tapped some of our most influential Mindbody business owners about the ever-evolving wellness landscape.

Here’s what you all had to say.

Wellness is more important to you than ever

According to our annual Mindbody Wellness Index, 60% of Americans say they’re more focused on their health and wellness since COVID. Consumers are now realizing they need to take greater care of themselves to optimize and preserve their health. When we asked you on Instagram how important wellness is, a whopping 98% said it was more important than ever. When it comes to how you’re practicing wellness, though, the answers were all over the board. Many of you pointed to journaling, practicing breathwork, and daily workout routines (cycling and yoga topped the list) as being the activities that help you keep your chill throughout the week.

I’m also happy to report that over 50% said you tend to feel more blessed than stressed on a daily basis—which is more than likely a big improvement. Let’s be honest, a year ago I would’ve bet a billion dollars that 99.9% of us knew no other feeling than anxiety—am I right? But even with the stress in our lives dwindling, many of you are still experiencing burnout at the end of a long work week (guilty!). But instead of succumbing to a bottle of wine for relief (please, that was so 2020), you’re unwinding by going to your favorite workout classes—with hot yoga, barre, and Pilates as your faves.

What wellness means to the pros

Let’s be honest, we should credit the business owners in this space for helping us reignite our spark when it comes to our wellness routines, right? Thanks to them, we’ve been inspired to prioritize the activities that help us feel our best. In turn, we thought it’d be interesting to learn what wellness means to them—and how that definition has changed over the past eighteen months.

Here’s what they had to say.

“Wellness is living in balance—mind, body, spirit. Highs and lows. It all ebbs and flows and we can navigate it a bit better when we take time to move, breath and remember who we are, and how we are connected to this big, beautiful world.” - Jess Pierno, Founder, Owner, and Chief Inspiration Officer of Yoga Heights

“Wellness is a true balancing of the mental, physical, and spiritual. It has definitely evolved over the years for me—from something that I just thought was about exercising and eating a healthy diet—to also incorporating balancing and healing internally and spiritually.” - Stefanie Patterson, Owner, Indianapolis Salt Cave and Halotherapy Center

“My sense of wellness has evolved from staying healthy and motivated, mind/body/spirit... to being more gentle with myself, less demanding. Accepting my limitations, taking time for resting, and gaining real clarity about what's important. I care less about what people think of me—difficult as a performer and as a business owner with so many demands on me—and more about getting quiet and tapping into the divine source inside of me that helps me discern my next move. In this way, I know my motives are as pure as possible and I'm not getting distracted—not that I don't make mistakes! Those are necessary, that's how we learn!” - Johanna Krynytzky, Owner, Hip Expressions Belly Dance Studio

“My studio name reminds us that we are constantly evolving. The past 18 months have certainly shown us that! Wellness to me means doing your best on any given day to make sure that you are taking care of yourself as best you can. It leads to resilience. Diet, exercise, sleep, a sense of community, and some form of faith. It all matters. Setbacks happen all the time, and every day is a chance to start again. We strive to be 'cheerleaders' for our clients when we sense that things are coming out of balance in their lives. So many have been with us for 18 years and are friends—they are our community and we all watch out for each other.” - Mo Wolfe, Owner and Founder, Evolution Pilates

Putting wellness into action

I think we can all agree that there isn’t one true definition of wellness anymore. To some of us, it means getting that hot yoga sesh in daily, and to others, it means carving out time to treat ourselves to a massage or manicure. As long as you’re actively pursuing wellness—whatever that means to you—you're on the right track.

Our MO has always been about connecting the world to wellness—a term that's seen a lot of change lately. Whether you’re fully embracing the in-person experience or still delighted by the convenience of practicing at-home wellness, the Mindbody app makes it easy for you to book experiences that help you feel like YOU again.

denise prichard
Written by
Denise Prichard
Senior Marketing Content Specialist
About the author
Denise Prichard is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and an experienced content marketing professional with a penchant for writing compelling copy within the health, wellness and beauty industries. When she isn't writing or editing, you can find her teaching yoga classes, at a spin class or hanging out with her rescue pups.