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Wellness
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
Written by
Jordan McCrary
Lifestyle Blogger
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 Thursday Apr 01, 2021 by Denise Prichard

Your Guide to Releasing Stress and Finding Peace

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Since 1992, April has been recognized as Stress Awareness Month. It was established to help shed light on the issues behind stress, teach us how to fight it, and create methods to overcome it. While this initiative has existed just shy of three decades, this year it seems particularly important.

With a year under our belts in pandemic mode—a lot of us had to get creative when it came to keeping our cool. On top of that, everyday stresses didn’t just magically disappear during this time either. Just think about it—have you ever been in a situation that was overwhelming? Maybe you’ve had a looming deadline or a to-do list that seems, well...totally un-doable? If you’ve ever felt you were in over your head, please know you’re not alone—you never are. At one time or another, we’ve all been affected by stress—although each person may manifest it differently. Me? I'm definitely a frequent rider on the "hot mess stress express."

There are many ways to help combat stress—some of us seek out support from friends and family, while others find solace in taking up meditation or unwinding with a relaxing yoga class. Whatever helps you find peace, just keep doing you. But also know we have some resources to help you overcome stress whenever the need arises.

Here are some blog posts that are always available to you when you feel a little stressed out:

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1. Foundational Steps to Cultivating a Daily Self-love Practice  

When in doubt, breathwork expert and sound healer, Shanila Sattar, always has tips to help ground yourself—especially in times of need. In this blog post, she gives you the recipe for incorporating self-love into your daily routine by encouraging us to ask ourselves these questions: 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 we all know, self-love defines and redefines itself for everyone over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey. 

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2. I Tried Virtual Meditation...Here’s What I Learned 

Yoga Nidra, or “yogic sleep,” is a practice that has been around for thousands of years and it aims to restore the mind, body, and soul through deep, guided meditation. The way it works is like the way a power nap helps one feel refreshed during a particularly exhausting day, except you aren’t technically sleeping. I describe it as a long-form of savasana—anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour. (Real talk: savasana is one of the best parts of practicing yoga, am I right?) 

TLDR: I learned that I could conquer stress in a matter of minutes with Yoga Nidra. 

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3. Accessible Yoga Poses for Emotional Balance and Release 

Are we safe in saying this last year brought up a ton of emotions the likes of which we did not plan for? The good, the bad, the “unprecedented”—our hearts and minds have been taken on a wild rollercoaster ride, and for many of us, our mental health is suffering. With our minds running in thousands of directions, it’s hard to notice our own needs. Yes, our attention to the goings-on of last year is vital but caring for ourselves is as important as ever. Here are some tips from our favorite yoga instructor, Dani Schenone.  

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4. Top Breathing Exercises for Anxiety and Depression and The New Normal

Have you been feeling it? The big emotion floating around the last year is the Big Anxiety. Coupled with the stress of what the COVID-19 pandemic has bought for millions of people, disturbed wellness routines, and worry, we have a recipe to create massive damage to ourselves. Adjusting to the new normal, with social distancing practices in place and adapting to precautions and routines, may be the root of even more anxiousness for many as we’re navigating uncharted territories.

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5. The "Staying Grounded" Guide to Stress and Anxiety Pre- and Post-COVID-19

If you've got those familiar feelings of stress and anxiety coursing through your body right now, you're definitely not alone. We get it. Times are uncertain, our mental health is taxed, we're doing what we can to reduce stress and anxiety in general, and relaxation has taken a back seat. It’s no secret that stress is proven to weaken our immunity, so now more than ever, it's important to relax, deal with what's happening, and find the coping mechanisms to help you reclaim your mental health and reduce your involvement in stressed moments. Let's deal with stress and anxiety together and see what we can do to reduce them.

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6. How to Meditate: A Beginner's Guide

Meditation will change your life if you let it. The pace of our modern life is at least ten times what it was just 10 years ago. Technology improved our lives but also created a more frenetic and stressful pace. If we decided to stop, breathe, and become more mindful, we would reduce stress and experience much more enjoyment in each moment of our everyday lives.

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7. Cultivate Your Calm with These 7 Yoga Poses

There’s always something to worry about. Whether it’s our career, relationships, dating, or trauma, we go through moments that bombard us with negative thoughts that can make us feel anxious and stressed. Our worries may often define our choices, our view of the world, or ourselves. This doesn’t mean they are faults, flaws, or downfalls—we just need to practice managing them in a healthy way, placing deserved value on self-care. Yoga is only one connection. Check out these seven yoga poses that can help your mind and body when you’re experiencing anxiety, depression, or overall stress.

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8. Mindfulness Tips to Stay Intentional, Focused, and Aligned in 2021

We’re all guilty of our routines and habits running our lives at one point or another. We’re all guilty of being attached to our schedules and our to-do list. We’re all guilty of running on a loop every now and then. As the energies of 2021 continue to shift, we get to ask ourselves the intentions of why and how we are participating in the places we are participating in, the thoughts we are thinking, the habits we are cultivating, and the communities that we are a part of. This intention and mindfulness process can not only shift our own experiences but of those around us as well.

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9. Why It's Time to Try a Healing Virtual Sound Bath

If you have found meditation to be useful in trying times, right now is an incredible time to also try virtual sound baths to receive the deep sound healing benefits. As many of us are processing a variety of emotions as a collective—stress, worry, fear, anxiety, uncertainty—we can start to cause long-term damage to our bodies, especially to our immune and nervous systems. Giving ourselves self-care in a way that is easy, non-intrusive, and simple, can be the perfect way to help your body restore.

These resources aren’t the only thing we have to help you deal with stress—they’re just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, there are tons of classes available to you on the Mindbody app and through Mindbody Flex to help you reignite your calm whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed. And always remember, at the end of the day, your best is always good enough.  

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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.