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MINDBODY BOLD Conference
Wellness
Published Thursday Aug 15, 2019 by Brittany Raine

What I Learned From Kristen Bell at BOLD

Expert Advice
Personal Growth
Meditation
Bootcamp

Kristen Bell (yes, the Veronica Mars eek!) graced the stage at our annual MINDBODY BOLD Conference in Birkenstocks. And to be perfectly honest, her authentic approach to life—and non-existent balance—was a breath of fresh air.

From openly discussing her mental health to acknowledging “everyone struggles with shit,” Kristen’s view on wellness didn’t have to do with just running a business, but running with all the “stuff” that comes your way. She reminded us that it’s not always greener on the other side of the Hollywood sign.

Nothing short of funny and inspiring, here are three things I learned from one of my favorite Hollywood stars!

MINDBODY BOLD Conference

It’s okay to cry. 

When Kristen took the stage, she immediately addressed the palpable energy of the audience—and that she was most likely going to cry at some point during the interview. The best part? She did—and made no apologies for it. To Kristen, shedding tears isn’t a sign of weakness; it’s embracing an emotional response. Crying is part of who she is, and it’s part of who we all are. “I’m not out of control, and I’m having an emotion that’s real and authentic to me, so why would you judge me for it?” Well said, Kristen. 

Know your limits.

Saying “no” is no easy feat—especially for Kristen (and myself). Like this mom, actress, entrepreneur, humanitarian (the list goes on) put it, that palm sweat-inducing action is something that takes time to learn and accept. By acknowledging that you need to look after yourself to be there for everything—and everyone—else is something we all need a lesson in. Let those negative connotations go and do what’s good and right for you! 

“Balance is such a four-letter word…”

...and shocking, it doesn’t exist. Being present and forgetting this ideology of balance is one point Kristen addressed multiple times, driving home the importance of “accepting where I am in the moment.” Whether it’s through meditation, learning to say no, working or spending time with yourself, throwing balance out the window only helped Kristen connect deeper with herself. I am starting to rethink how I use the “b” word and how I can eliminate this term and the expectations that come with it during my everyday life. Balance and presence is a personal journey, and the path is winding—and can be exhausting. Or maybe I am still out of breath from that morning HIIT class. 

Want to learn more about BOLD? From wellness classes to empowering speakers, head to @mindbody to follow this year’s conference and find out how you can be part of next year’s experience! 

Brittany Raine MINDBODY
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Brittany Raine
Consumer Content Program Manager
About the author
A free-spirited farmgirl from New York, Brittany traded her job as a journalist and newspaper editor for the San Diego sunshine. Brittany now leads the curation of all creative content. There are rumors she was Middle Earth's warrior elven queen in a past life.
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