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It’s easy to let Father’s Day come and go in a blur of barbeque kits, power tools, and the latest gadgets. This year, we’re celebrating a different side of the day by recognizing how dads can still find time for their wellness amidst the crazy ride of having kids.
Nothing can quite prepare you for the massive life change that’s thrown at you when you become a father. The things you once prided yourself on having—the fastest beer chug, a high score in a video game, multiple hours in a day to workout—are quickly cast aside for this new, all-consuming responsibility. But the unique opportunity to foster and help develop a new person in this world is pretty freakin’ badass. (Just like the beer chug you may still have.)
Society doesn’t often group “parenting” and “me-time” in the same sentence… which is kind of crazy when you think about it. How can anyone who dedicates all their time to another human have any gas left in the tank if they don’t stop and refill themselves every now and then? Self-care isn’t selfish, it’s one of the most important things you can do for your kids. Whether it’s big or small, finding some time to reset and recharge is crucial to keeping your spirit—and your sanity—intact.
Feeling like you have zero time for yourself? You’re not alone. We caught up with some of the dads of MINDBODY to see how their self-care has changed since they became a father, and asked what they do now to take care of themselves (even if it’s only for a few minutes).
“Becoming a dad means you’re no longer the most important person in your life. It has challenged me to be a better person. In fact, being a dad has challenged me to be the best version of myself every day. It has also changed my outlook on the future, as I have committed to investing in a future that exists far beyond myself.”
Me-time method: “Reading a good book or watching a good show or movie. I love stories that give insights to this amazing, complex, messy, wonderful human experience.”
“I no longer buy whatever I want whenever I want, and I take better care of myself than I ever did before. Time for myself is laced with a thread of responsibility to the family. Whether taking care of the budget, the house, or my own health, it’s mostly done with them in mind. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Me-time method: “Yard work… you won’t be disturbed because no one else wants to do it!”
“Being a father has added stresses. Finding healthy ways to cope with those stresses is even more important so I can remember to be kind and compassionate to those around me.”
Me-time method: “I work out my mind with an hour of meditation. Afterward, I often feel relaxed, fulfilled, and calmer than when I started.”
“I found that the reduction in free-time wasn't felt until I stopped to think that I had little time to do for myself. Weekend mornings before the rest of the house is awake has been a good time for me.”
Me-time method: “Whittling down my extremely tall stack of books on my bedside table, listening to podcasts/audiobooks while I exercise, going on dates with my wife, and watching sports with my son.”
“It's been a shift in perspective. Before kids, ‘time for yourself’ is for you. After kids, it’s all about investing in yourself so that you can have more energy and mindfulness to invest in your kids.”
Me-time method: “I get up early to get a workout in while my wife and kids are asleep. This gives me energy and the time to spend with my family throughout the day.”
“It’s important now to find ways to feel more grounded, and to be a part of a tribe of people who share your values and interests.”
Me-time method: “Taking the time to hang out with the guys on a day off. Just as girls need girl time, guys need guy time.”
As hectic as life gets, dads (and parents) always need a little self-care, too. We make it easy to treat yourself or the father in your life to the gift of wellness. Whether it’s a massage, HIIT workout, or yoga class, book the best for him on the MINDBODY app or search on MINDBODY.io.
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.
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.
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
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.