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Published Saturday Aug 03, 2019 by Jordan McCrary

5 Ways to Make Self-Care Work for You

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Self-care is an activity or ritual that rejuvenates us on a mental, physical, or spiritual level. It is absolutely vital to thrive. Yet for so many of us, these healthy behaviors weren’t taught, and we end up learning them later in life. There are certain activities, like meditation and breathwork, that rewire our brains, decrease stress, and make us feel and look younger over time. However, any activity that helps us tap into the now and leave our worries and stressors behind can be deeply restorative, which is why self-care is different for everyone. So, here are a few tips to figure out what form of self-care works best for you.

Set an intention or self-care action plan.

When you write down your goals, it makes you more likely to follow through on them. Intentions are gentle reminders that, through repetition, will reprogram the subconscious mind and turn these activities into habits. Write them down, schedule them in your planner, or share them with a friend (or the internet). Having some outside accountability increases the likelihood of us following through with our intentions.

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Set an intention or self-care action plan.

When you write down your goals, it makes you more likely to follow through on them. Intentions are gentle reminders that, through repetition, will reprogram the subconscious mind and turn these activities into habits. Write them down, schedule them in your planner, or share them with a friend (or the internet). Having some outside accountability increases the likelihood of us following through with our intentions.

Get moving.

Exercise has so many benefits! It improves the amount of blood flow and oxygen to our muscles so we can be stronger and healthier and raises our self-esteem and confidence. Make sure you prioritize movement. I love HIIT and strength training because it boosts testosterone levels, which are vital for both men and women to be assertive and take action. If you’re looking for some workout classes in your area, download the MINDBODY app. They have over 3,000 businesses that list their schedule, and I’ve scored some amazing last-minute deals!

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Get moving.

Exercise has so many benefits! It improves the amount of blood flow and oxygen to our muscles so we can be stronger and healthier and raises our self-esteem and confidence. Make sure you prioritize movement. I love HIIT and strength training because it boosts testosterone levels, which are vital for both men and women to be assertive and take action. If you’re looking for some workout classes in your area, download the MINDBODY app. They have over 3,000 businesses that list their schedule, and I’ve scored some amazing last-minute deals!

Incorporate breathwork and meditation. 

Breathing is such a primary function for our survival that we take its power for granted, and overlook how we can use it to regulate our health. When we’re angry, we take short, shallow breaths, but when we are calm and relaxed, we breathe from our diaphragm. When we’re feeling calm and centered, our ability to concentrate, solve problems, and deal with the outside world drastically increases. Try a meditation class. It can be a great way to introduce the practice into your life, especially if you’re unsure how to embark on meditation at home. There are so many meditation classes on the MINDBODY app that can help you.

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Incorporate breathwork and meditation. 

Breathing is such a primary function for our survival that we take its power for granted, and overlook how we can use it to regulate our health. When we’re angry, we take short, shallow breaths, but when we are calm and relaxed, we breathe from our diaphragm. When we’re feeling calm and centered, our ability to concentrate, solve problems, and deal with the outside world drastically increases. Try a meditation class. It can be a great way to introduce the practice into your life, especially if you’re unsure how to embark on meditation at home. There are so many meditation classes on the MINDBODY app that can help you.

Make yourself a gut-healing meal.

There is no question that food is medicine, and that diet is the easiest way to influence our gut health. The gut is one of the most complex systems in the body consisting of living organisms, immune and nervous system cells, and hormonal glands. When there is an imbalance in our gut, it can trigger a wave of symptoms and health complications. An imbalanced, unhealthy gut can lead to low-grade systemic inflammation, which is one of the key drivers in chronic disease, acne, and hormone imbalance. Limit your intake of processed foods, gluten, sugar, and–in some cases–dairy. Up your intake of gut-healing foods like arugula, lemon, grapefruit, apple cider vinegar, sauerkraut, and miso.

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Make yourself a gut-healing meal.

There is no question that food is medicine, and that diet is the easiest way to influence our gut health. The gut is one of the most complex systems in the body consisting of living organisms, immune and nervous system cells, and hormonal glands. When there is an imbalance in our gut, it can trigger a wave of symptoms and health complications. An imbalanced, unhealthy gut can lead to low-grade systemic inflammation, which is one of the key drivers in chronic disease, acne, and hormone imbalance. Limit your intake of processed foods, gluten, sugar, and–in some cases–dairy. Up your intake of gut-healing foods like arugula, lemon, grapefruit, apple cider vinegar, sauerkraut, and miso.

Stay ready; don’t get ready.

This principle has honestly changed my life for the better. Every opportunity that you step outside the house is a chance to meet someone that can change your life. So, instead of leaving the house looking like a bloated girl on her period, I make an effort to put on something that makes me feel confident in my skin. I keep up with my manicures, waxing, and skincare by going to the spa and booking the services through the MINDBODY app.

Self-care is all about creating opportunities to show up for yourself every day. Whether that be through 15 minutes of meditation, cooking a nourishing meal, or leaving the house looking your best, it is guaranteed to improve your self-esteem and confidence. It’s so important to make something that you will look forward to. So, set your intentions and then download the MINDBODY app so you can start putting your plan into action. When you look good and feel even better, you’ll never want to go a day without your self-care ritual.

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Stay ready; don’t get ready.

This principle has honestly changed my life for the better. Every opportunity that you step outside the house is a chance to meet someone that can change your life. So, instead of leaving the house looking like a bloated girl on her period, I make an effort to put on something that makes me feel confident in my skin. I keep up with my manicures, waxing, and skincare by going to the spa and booking the services through the MINDBODY app.

Self-care is all about creating opportunities to show up for yourself every day. Whether that be through 15 minutes of meditation, cooking a nourishing meal, or leaving the house looking your best, it is guaranteed to improve your self-esteem and confidence. It’s so important to make something that you will look forward to. So, set your intentions and then download the MINDBODY app so you can start putting your plan into action. When you look good and feel even better, you’ll never want to go a day without your self-care ritual.

Jordan McCrary MINDBODY
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About the author
A lover of all things natural hair, bottomless mimosa brunches, and wellness, Jordan McCrary moved to L.A. to attend UCLA; her dream school. There, she obtained her B.S. in Psychobiology then later her Project Management Professional (PMP) credential. In February 2012, she made the bold decision to cut off all of her processed hair to reveal her natural curl texture. Documenting her quest to find the right hair products, she discovered a newfound desire to be a healthier version of herself. To her surprise, there were many women out there on the same exact journey. Now, she hopes to help women of color embrace their natural selves.
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Wellness
Published Tuesday Feb 23, 2021 by Denise Prichard

Unlocking Your Mindbody: How Not to Sabotage Your Wellness in 2021

Fitness
Personal Growth
Mental health
Wellness
Self-care

Well, here we are—a couple of months into 2021. A year that we all (still) hope will be much better than the last. This past year was nothing short of a dumpster fire—between the pandemic, ongoing racial injustice, and the most dramatic election ever, 2020 was riddled with anxiety, grief, anger, and was just downright exhausting.  

Heck—if somebody even dared to ask me how I was doing last year, I couldn’t help but roll my eyes and say, “Omg I can’t even.”  I mean, what other year can you think of that became its own expression? When something would go horribly awry, we would literally blame it on the year by saying, “2020, am I right?” complete with a sheepish chuckle —and eventually some tears when you realized just how many times you’ve said those words. Seriously, I lost count a long time ago. It was not healthy. 

Sorry, tangent—where was I? Ah yes, 2021. The good news is there’s still hope that this year won’t make us want to roll into a tiny little ball on the floor and cry. Well, at least not as much as its predecessor—I’m not a miracle worker, you guys. However, I do have some wellness tips to help you stay just a little bit cooler, calmer, and collected-er this year. 

1. Lean into wellness.  

If there’s one thing we learned last year, it’s that wellness is always here for us. Maybe at this time last year, your goal of going to Pilates five days a week came to a screeching halt as fitness studios were required to shut down to protect the community. For a time, we were all frazzled because our usual workouts and wellness routines were turned upside practically overnight. I think I speak for us all when I say that our favorite fitness class, and the community that comes with it, plays a huge role in our overall happiness. The good news is the wellness industry has come a long way in just under a year.   

While it is true that some areas still aren’t allowing the in-studio experience for their workout classes due to the pandemic, we have more options to practice wellness safely than ever before. Right now, some studios are allowed to operate with in-person, socially distanced classes—and pretty much every studio broke into the virtual space to provide fitness classes you could participate in from the comfort of your own home. Not to mention, at-home virtual options are typically cheaper and allow you to try our studios from all over the country. With online gym memberships like Mindbody Flex, you can have access to thousands of live stream classes at your fingertips for less than $5 per class.

2. Focus on the positive.  

Look, 2020 was scary. After a year like that, it’s can be hard to tap into a positive mindset. But it’s more important now than ever before to let go of assumptions and focus on the good that 2021 can bring. This shift to acceptance will ultimately help you put your best foot forward in any situation that arises.  

Take a step back and try to focus on the things we can be grateful for in this moment. Like what? Well, for starters more and more people are receiving the COVID-19 vaccination, which means things are slowly, but surely, getting back to normal. I, for one, am grateful that my at-risk family members have already received their first rounds of vaccinations and are on the path of staying healthy since they are protected from the coronavirus.   
  

3. Practice self-care. 

The best thing we can do right now for our mental health is to learn to give ourselves some grace through practicing self-care. And this can look different for everyone. Maybe your version of self-care comes in the form of daily journaling, getting a workout session in, curling up with a good book, or having that glass of wine while taking a bubble bath. Whatever makes YOU feel good—keep doing it.  

To keep my mental health in check, something that I’ve started incorporating into my daily self-care routine is practicing mindfulness. Some days that means I focus on my breathwork practice—other days I may scroll through the Mindbody app to find a virtual meditation class or Yoga Nidra class. I’ve also embraced the motto there’s an app for that. Right now, I’m really loving the Headway app because it helps me set daily intentions from the moment I wake up with a morning survey and then checks in with me at the end of the day with an evening survey. Having the ability to write down my goals and hold myself accountable for them has really taken my self-care routine to the next level. 

4. Focus on what you can control.  

Some days we fall a little short of our goals—and guess what? THAT’S OKAY. Honestly, I think we should all just focus on being okay for the rest of the year. The past year caused us to be tough on ourselves and I encourage you to make this year kinder. Any new goals you set that involve changing habits or overhauling your lifestyle will likely have some setbacks. So, when that happens, remember to be compassionate with yourself.  

If there’s anything I want you to take away from this blog post is to let go of the illusion that perfection is always the end goal. When in doubt I always remind myself of something my favorite spin instructor (hey Steph!) says: “If you look for perfection, you'll never be content. Just focus on your growth.” Allow that to sink in and make it a goal to remind yourself of this every single day.

And remember: You don’t have to—and really shouldn’t—give up hope that things will get better this year, even if you feel overwhelmed now. Having a positive mindset is never a silly thing. In fact, it is actually quite admirable; you’re an admirable badass. 

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Written by
Denise Prichard
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.