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November Wellness Intentions MINDBODY
Wellness
Published Wednesday Oct 30, 2019 by Rachel Rhee

How I Set My Monthly Intentions

Personal Growth
Fitness
Food
Pilates

I’ve always been a fan of setting intentions each day. 

What do I want my day to look like? What do I want it to feel like? What do I want to achieve?

I ask myself these simple questions each day so that I can move about my day mindfully, and with intention.

I recently started zooming out and taking a look at my intentions at a month’s glance. What is my “theme” each month? Last month, I really wanted to focus on creating space in my home. By minimizing the clutter, removing the items I do not need, or want, I have created space for myself to be creative, be free, and be centered. With less around me, this has made me more focused (especially as someone who works from home!).

Over the next 30 days, I have a few specific intentions I want to keep in mind that are all aligned with the word: appreciation.

Appreciate nature.

It’s such a blessing to live in a place where the ocean is just a short car ride away. As someone who deals with some anxiety, being in nature is grounding and calming to my soul. Ocean waves are always soothing and get me into the right mindset. If you don’t live in LA or in an area close to the ocean, find a nearby park or a hike you can explore and appreciate!

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Appreciate nature.

It’s such a blessing to live in a place where the ocean is just a short car ride away. As someone who deals with some anxiety, being in nature is grounding and calming to my soul. Ocean waves are always soothing and get me into the right mindset. If you don’t live in LA or in an area close to the ocean, find a nearby park or a hike you can explore and appreciate!

Appreciate my body.

Movement is such an easy way to show appreciation for the strength of my body. I’m focused on low-intensity workouts at the moment. People sometimes think low-intensity is less effective, but I think it can be even more intense! A lot of moves tend to be slower, where you can really feel your muscles working. I love going to Pilates, or even a good uphill hike can do the trick! Coreology is a favorite of mine, as is Carrie’s Pilates Plus

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Appreciate my body.

Movement is such an easy way to show appreciation for the strength of my body. I’m focused on low-intensity workouts at the moment. People sometimes think low-intensity is less effective, but I think it can be even more intense! A lot of moves tend to be slower, where you can really feel your muscles working. I love going to Pilates, or even a good uphill hike can do the trick! Coreology is a favorite of mine, as is Carrie’s Pilates Plus

Appreciate my culture.

I love cooking, but sometimes it can be hard for me to prioritize it into my schedule. This month, I want to be intentional in the kitchen and cook more Korean food. I grew up with my mom cooking Korean food, and I’m lucky enough to have her still here with me to pass down her recipes. I have a few Korean recipes on my blog, and I want to work on getting some more traditional food from my mom’s kitchen to yours.

What intentions are you setting? We can have limited time and energy, so it’s important to be mindful of how you spend your month.

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Appreciate my culture.

I love cooking, but sometimes it can be hard for me to prioritize it into my schedule. This month, I want to be intentional in the kitchen and cook more Korean food. I grew up with my mom cooking Korean food, and I’m lucky enough to have her still here with me to pass down her recipes. I have a few Korean recipes on my blog, and I want to work on getting some more traditional food from my mom’s kitchen to yours.

What intentions are you setting? We can have limited time and energy, so it’s important to be mindful of how you spend your month.

Rachel Rhee
Written by
Rachel Rhee
Wellness Blogger
About the author
A content creator for The Dimple Life and @justdimpleit, Rachel Rhee strives to inspire women to live their healthiest lives. Diagnosed with cancer in 2018, Rachel empowers women to educate themselves on the importance of living consciously - mind, body, and soul. Being well is much more than fitness and nutrition, it means being mindful of how we spend our time, what relationships we keep, and how we choose to nourish our hearts. She believes we are our strongest selves when we live with intention and help lift others up.
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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. 

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.