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Published Wednesday Jul 08, 2020 by Sara Lesher

How to Support Small (Wellness) Businesses Post-COVID-19

COVID-19
Recovery
Mindbody Community

The small businesses we love need our support now more than ever, and this includes our favorite local beauty, fitness, and wellness spots.  

We know you want to help, too. Recent Mindbody consumer data showed 83% of consumers in open communities expect their fitness spending to either stay the same or go up. And not just fitness, but wellness and beauty too! 79% percent of wellness lovers and 77% of beauty clients expect the same or increased spending as businesses reopen. 

So, how can we support? Here are 3 ways to show up for the businesses you love right now. 


1. Stock up on retail 

If you can’t make it to in-studio classes or appointments quite yet—whether it’s because they haven’t reopened, or you just don’t feel comfortable yet—you can still support your favorite businesses through retail! Whether it’s that fancy shampoo and conditioner your stylist recommends, a shiny new yoga mat from your favorite studio, or some essential oils from your go-to wellness spa, now’s the perfect time to stock up on products.  

Hint: Look up your local small businesses on social media! Many wellness businesses post updates on retail, reopening, and everything you need to know on Facebook or Instagram. 


2. Upgrade, upgrade, upgrade (re: add-ons, virtual offerings, etc.)  

If you’ve been considering an upgrade—whether to your gym membership or next beauty service—now's the time to do it. For example, many fitness studios now offer access to an on-demand library as an upgrade to a current package or membership (workouts from wherever, whenever you’d like). Similarly, salons, spas, and wellness businesses offer service add-ons like take-home conditioning masks, lip treatments, or LED therapy to make beauty services even more luxurious and effective.  

Ask your go-to locations how you can upgrade and treat yourself to an add-on, so you can help the businesses you love get back on their feet while you get back on yours in the studio. 


3. Use your AmEx 

To help support small fitness, wellness, and beauty businesses even further, Mindbody is teaming up with American Express for a  Shop Small® campaign. Together, we’re committed to helping your favorite businesses come back strong and rewarding you for supporting them, too.  

How?  

Now through September 20, eligible American Express Card Members who spend $10 or more at an eligible small business with an enrolled American Express Card get $5 back as a statement credit, on up to ten transactions. * 

That means you can earn up to $50 back when you spend on your favorite fitness, beauty, and wellness services and products. 

Whether you want to stock up on retail, upgrade to a virtual membership, or both, the best way to show up for the businesses you love right now is to shop!  Between now and September 20th, use your AmEx to buy those class passes, gift cards, beauty services, massages, and facials.  And you benefit, too, so it’s really a win-win. 

Now, more than ever, it’s time to show up for your community. Small businesses are doing everything they can to stay afloat so they can provide the services that help us lead happier and healthier lives. Let’s show them—and ourselves—some love in return. 

Happy shopping and stay safe!  
 


Mindbody. “COVID-19 Fitness Consumer Survey.” May 2020. 
Mindbody. “COVID-19 Beauty & Wellness Consumer Survey.” May 2020. 
Sara Lesher
Written by
Sara Lesher
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As Mindbody’s marketing content associate, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).
shanila sattar
Wellness
Published Wednesday Mar 17, 2021 by Shanila Sattar

Foundational Steps to Cultivating a Daily Self-love Practice

Self-care
Expert Advice
Personal Growth
Wellness

When you think of self-love what do you think of? Bubble baths, walks on the beach, facemasks, or what? Self-love can mean so many different things but when we think about self-love, we have to acknowledge loving ourselves both on the outside and on the inside. The way that we show ourselves love is one of the most important things we will ever do. 

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 self-love defines and redefined itself for you over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.

 

Step 1: Learn to set boundaries

Don’t we love this one? Loving ourselves has a lot to do with the boundaries that we have for ourselves, with others, and for others. Take time to think about your own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs when setting boundaries that reflect your personal needs. Boundaries don’t have to be big and scary; they are here to remind us that you get to have your lived experience and still have expectations about how you’d like to be treated and what you’d like to feel.

When thinking about your boundaries, ask yourself:

  • How do I feel without having boundaries?
  • What would I like to have boundaries around?
  • Are my boundaries actual boundaries or am I creating walls in my life?
  • How do I plan to uphold my boundaries?
Step 2: Cultivate self-compassion

In a world where perfectionism and curated existences have been rewarded, begin to cultivate compassion for yourself. You are a soul having a human experience and it’s totally okay if things are not perfect. 

Mindfulness exercises such as Breathwork, self-care activities, and self-compassion, all help train the mind, emotions, and even the body’s stress chemicals to be able to deal with undesired situations. Self-compassion means, can you be nice to yourself? Can you find empathy and kindness for yourself in the middle of what feels chaotic, stressful, or unwanted? Self-compassion means that we get to make mistakes, have our plans not work out the way that we wanted, and we still get to celebrate that we are doing the best that we can and it is enough.

When thinking about self-compassion, ask yourself:

  • How do I respond to stressful situations?
  • How hard am I on myself?
  • How do I celebrate myself?
  • How do I show myself kindness?
Step 3: Nourish yourself

In every sense of the word “nourishment”, begin to learn what nourishes you and what depletes you. Nourishment doesn’t just mean food for yourself; it means that whatever you are consuming whether it be media, podcasts, people, energy, information, etc. all impact the way that we think, feel, and experience life.

Nourishing yourself definitely goes right along the lines of having your boundaries intact and practicing self-compassion. 

When thinking about nourishment, ask yourself:

  • How do I nourish my emotional well-being?
  • How do I nourish my mental well-being?
  • How do I nourish my physical well-being?
  • How do I nourish my spiritual well-being?
  • How do I nourish my social well-being?
  • How do I nourish my financial well-being?

That’s it. Those are the foundational steps to cultivating a self-love practice that you can ease into your daily routine. Come back to these questions often, because like anything else, self-love is a practice and it takes effort, time, and intention to maintain. 

If you’d like to try breathwork, mindfulness, or play classes with me, check out these workshops and training sessions that work with your schedule. For other breathwork classes, browse Mindbody.

 

About the author
Shanila is a 4th generation sound healer, breathwork coach, mentor, women’s researcher, and speaker. She is the Founder of AlwaysPlayStudios where she trains breathwork facilitators and sound healers. Her background is in tech, having co-founded an award-winning web agency, and in women’s research, specifically in mindsets, implicit bias, perfectionism, women's health, and societal experiences supported through the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and several universities. She has implemented several health and wellbeing programs in underserved populations throughout the US. Shanila mentors healers on their healing and intuitive wellness journeys. Connect: @shanila.sattar