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Wellness
Published Thursday Mar 08, 2018 by Erica Arvanitis

(Don't) Forget the Rest: Our Routines for Better Sleep

Relaxation
Meditation
Motivation

Dedicated to catching quality Zzz’s? For those of us who struggle with getting enough sleep—or snagging deep, dreamy slumber—your next go-to product or tip might be just around the corner. 

We asked around the Mindbody San Diego office and scored eight individually tested tips to prep for Sleep Awareness Week—and every other week of the year. Don’t worry, we’re professional nappers.

Tap into restful sleep

“While it can be essential to unplug before bed, I find what works best for me is utilizing my phone. No scrolling mindlessly through Instagram or checking your Pinterest, I’m talking meditation apps. If I’m having a hard time falling asleep, I tap my Simple Habit app and there are tons of meditations tailored to whatever my drift-off dilemma may be. Personally, I love the “Sleep Therapy” session—it’ll send you right to sleep.”  
- Erica A., Copywriter 

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Tap into restful sleep

“While it can be essential to unplug before bed, I find what works best for me is utilizing my phone. No scrolling mindlessly through Instagram or checking your Pinterest, I’m talking meditation apps. If I’m having a hard time falling asleep, I tap my Simple Habit app and there are tons of meditations tailored to whatever my drift-off dilemma may be. Personally, I love the “Sleep Therapy” session—it’ll send you right to sleep.”  
- Erica A., Copywriter 

Try some quali-tea shuteye

“I drink herbal tea about an hour before bed and about 30 minutes before bed, I put lavender oil in my aromatherapy diffuser. The brews that send me straight to sleep are 40 Winks Tea, Foxtrot Tea, and Chamomile Lavender Tea!”
- Marie Z., Product Manager 

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Try some quali-tea shuteye

“I drink herbal tea about an hour before bed and about 30 minutes before bed, I put lavender oil in my aromatherapy diffuser. The brews that send me straight to sleep are 40 Winks Tea, Foxtrot Tea, and Chamomile Lavender Tea!”
- Marie Z., Product Manager 

Get your beauty sleep

“Sleeping on comfortable materials are linked to helping you fall asleep faster—therefore silk pillowcases are completely necessary in the sleep process. There is no better feeling then the soft, smooth and luxurious feel of silk against your skin when you go to bed. It’s the perfect way to end your day and slip you into the night (see what I did there?). It is truly like having a facial, massage and hair blow out every night.”
- Devin D., Marketing Communications Specialist

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Get your beauty sleep

“Sleeping on comfortable materials are linked to helping you fall asleep faster—therefore silk pillowcases are completely necessary in the sleep process. There is no better feeling then the soft, smooth and luxurious feel of silk against your skin when you go to bed. It’s the perfect way to end your day and slip you into the night (see what I did there?). It is truly like having a facial, massage and hair blow out every night.”
- Devin D., Marketing Communications Specialist

Snooze with a sleep aid

“One word, four syllables: Mel-a-to-nin! I take 2-4mg a few minutes before getting in bed. 15-20 minutes later I can’t keep my eyes open. I sleep like a baby and don’t have a melatonin hangover in the morning.”
- Ryan K., Data Analyst 

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Snooze with a sleep aid

“One word, four syllables: Mel-a-to-nin! I take 2-4mg a few minutes before getting in bed. 15-20 minutes later I can’t keep my eyes open. I sleep like a baby and don’t have a melatonin hangover in the morning.”
- Ryan K., Data Analyst 

Self-care yourself to sleep

“A little self-care and reading before bed is what helps me sleep best. I love turning on my essential oil diffuser and adding some lavender essential oil—lavender has such a calming scent and it helps me relax. Then I’ll put on a face mask (I usually use a charcoal mask, or moisturizing mask if my skin is dry); and read a good book while the mask sets. Reading puts me to sleep better than anything and it’s a great way to disconnect from all of the week’s obligations.”
- Hanna H., Dynamic Pricing Specialist

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Self-care yourself to sleep

“A little self-care and reading before bed is what helps me sleep best. I love turning on my essential oil diffuser and adding some lavender essential oil—lavender has such a calming scent and it helps me relax. Then I’ll put on a face mask (I usually use a charcoal mask, or moisturizing mask if my skin is dry); and read a good book while the mask sets. Reading puts me to sleep better than anything and it’s a great way to disconnect from all of the week’s obligations.”
- Hanna H., Dynamic Pricing Specialist

Reset your rhythm

“I think the most impactful thing I do to have a restful night’s sleep is honor the transition time between my daily work, social activities and my night. Before I enter my house I like to take a short walk around the block to reset. If it’s too late or the weather is bad I’ll simply pause in my car for a minute to take a few deep breaths, reflect on my day and clear my mind, before entering the house.”
- Laurenn C., Marketing, Consumer Products

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Reset your rhythm

“I think the most impactful thing I do to have a restful night’s sleep is honor the transition time between my daily work, social activities and my night. Before I enter my house I like to take a short walk around the block to reset. If it’s too late or the weather is bad I’ll simply pause in my car for a minute to take a few deep breaths, reflect on my day and clear my mind, before entering the house.”
- Laurenn C., Marketing, Consumer Products

Give yourself a siesta-level spa night

“After a long stressful day, I always sleep better after a hot bath or shower before bed. For extra REMs, throw in some calming bath salts and a candle or two. Don’t have time for a bath? Use some essential oil lavender body wash and pretend you're decompressing at your favorite spa.”
- Natalie E., Product Manager

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Give yourself a siesta-level spa night

“After a long stressful day, I always sleep better after a hot bath or shower before bed. For extra REMs, throw in some calming bath salts and a candle or two. Don’t have time for a bath? Use some essential oil lavender body wash and pretend you're decompressing at your favorite spa.”
- Natalie E., Product Manager

CALM down

“I take a few sips of CALM—Calcium Magnesium—and that truly calms me down, letting me drift away to a better night’s sleep. I always turn my diffuser on for some lavender/eucalyptus smells, plus it’s a nice white noise. Lastly, I always try and put my phone away and read at least a few pages of a book—I usually knock out after the first few paragraphs.”
- Keana N., Consumer Products Marketing Manager


Whether you’re a night owl or early bird, fall asleep fast—and stay that way until you hit the snooze button—by trying some of these daily habits or these go-to products!

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CALM down

“I take a few sips of CALM—Calcium Magnesium—and that truly calms me down, letting me drift away to a better night’s sleep. I always turn my diffuser on for some lavender/eucalyptus smells, plus it’s a nice white noise. Lastly, I always try and put my phone away and read at least a few pages of a book—I usually knock out after the first few paragraphs.”
- Keana N., Consumer Products Marketing Manager


Whether you’re a night owl or early bird, fall asleep fast—and stay that way until you hit the snooze button—by trying some of these daily habits or these go-to products!

Erica Arvanitis MINDBODY
Written by
Erica Arvanitis
Copywriter
About the author
A copywriter by day, Erica spends her free time mastering the art of puzzles while forcing her 10-year-old Chow mix to wear sweaters. With experience in PR, social media, marketing, and copywriting, Erica lives and breathes the written word. Warning: don’t test her on Friends trivia - she will win every time.
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Fitness
Published Friday Nov 13, 2020 by Denise Prichard

Why You Need a Virtual Workout Buddy

Fitness
Motivation

Ah, 2020—the year that truly put our sanity to the test.  On top of that, something that most people use to navigate through a tough time has essentially been stripped away from us—our normal workout routines. I don’t know about you, but even skipping a week at the gym can send me into a tailspin. But several months of sheltering in place and being forced to adapt to this new normal?

That’s a different story.  

While I think we can all say we’re grateful that fitness studios were quick to offer virtual classes when COVID-19 hit—there is something about constantly working out by ourselves that may trigger some of us to hit pause on our workout routines and start turning towards less robust habits. *Reluctantly raises hand* 

The other day I came across a stat that really set off some alarms. According to a recent study, Americans are spending an additional two hours each day on their couch since March 2020. As of recently, I can say I’m totally guilty of a little too much R&R. While an evening of Netflix and wine once sounded like heaven on earth for most of us, I think it’s safe to say the repetition of this is starting to get kind of old. Also, Schitt’s Creek is over now, so I really don’t have any excuse to not dedicate my free time to jumping back into my at-home workouts.  

I started pondering what made dial back my fitness routine in the first place? Was it a lack of motivation? No, not really. Screen fatigue? I think my Netflix history outlined above would tell you that’s a solid ‘no.’ Then it hit me—the thing that motivated me to stay on top of my fitness goals was being around other people with the same goals. Pre-COVID, going to my favorite spin studio and the local yoga hot spot was how I typically spent my social hour during the workweek. I realized the best way to amp up my at-home workout routine was to re-connect with my workout buddies and start doing virtual classes together to create that sense of community I craved.  

If you’re also experiencing some form of live stream lull when it comes to your workouts, then getting a virtual workout buddy may be exactly what you need. Here’s why: 


A virtual workout buddy keeps you accountable. 

Just like in-person workouts, making plans to sweat it out with one of your friends motivates you to show up and be your best self.  According to the Mindbody Wellness Index, 25% of the folks we surveyed said they found it difficult to hold themselves accountable to their workout goals on their own—and an additional 20% of people said a lack of support was responsible for missed workouts.  


A virtual workout buddy will push you further. 

Everybody enjoys a little friendly competition, right? Maybe you have a friend who is a powerhouse at virtual HIIT—try signing up for a class with them to help you take your workout to a whole new level.  


A virtual workout buddy makes you more adventurous. 

Getting a workout sesh in with a friend is the perfect time to try a new exercise such as virtual yoga or virtual barre. Trying something new can be scary—I get it. But by trying a new type of exercise with a friend, you can both give each other a confidence boost by acting as each other’s personal hype man.   


A virtual workout buddy helps keep you social.

Look, we’re all craving human interaction these days—and I know I’m not the only one who is missing weekly happy hours with friends. Luckily, fitness studios are getting creative with their virtual offerings post-workout, too! When we asked members of our MindbodyOne Community how they are keeping things interesting for their students in the virtual space, they said they are hosting monthly virtual wine dates to share fitness stories and personal victories. Not only do you get to drink wine, but you and your buddy get to meet other like-minded people at the same time.  

As 2020 winds down (thank goodness), you have a unique opportunity to reconnect with your friends and take your workout sessions to the next level with a virtual workout buddy. So, why not start now? Book a virtual fitness class and encourage your friends to show up for you and themselves today.

denise prichard
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.