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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.
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.