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Wellness
Published Thursday Feb 06, 2020 by Gravity

Sleep Away the Stress: Gravity's Tips for Improving Sleep (Including Their Weighted Blanket!)

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From the challenges we face every day to what’s going on in broader society, life can be tough. We’re constantly moving from one task to the next, and before we know it, the week has flown by. With this fast-paced lifestyle, it’s easy to feel run-down. That’s why it’s important to take care of yourself in a safe space to relax, de-stress, and give your body and mind the recovery they need. 

Proper self-care goes beyond what we do when we’re awake. It’s important to use the time you’re asleep to let yourself reset and recover. Sleep is linked to mood, mental health, productivity, and workplace performance. Getting good (or bad) sleep can often set the tone for your day, so it’s important to make quality sleep a part of your daily routine. Here are a few tips for better sleep!

Set the tone during the day.

During the time you’re awake, take care to properly prime your body for eventual sleep. Be sure to have a healthy diet, because what you eat affects the way you think and feel. Exercise can help decrease depression and anxiety and improve moods, so try to incorporate a little cardio into your daily routine. And at some point during your day, take time to engage in meditation and/or mindfulness. Relaxation exercises can improve your state of mind and outlook on life and may help you feel calmer.

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Set the tone during the day.

During the time you’re awake, take care to properly prime your body for eventual sleep. Be sure to have a healthy diet, because what you eat affects the way you think and feel. Exercise can help decrease depression and anxiety and improve moods, so try to incorporate a little cardio into your daily routine. And at some point during your day, take time to engage in meditation and/or mindfulness. Relaxation exercises can improve your state of mind and outlook on life and may help you feel calmer.

Create a bedtime routine.

Start winding down an hour before bedtime. If you’ve ever toiled away on your laptop answering emails right up until lights-out, you’ve likely had a hard time slowing your mind down and getting to sleep. Try and settle into a relaxation routine about an hour before bedtime. Take a warm shower, watch a little TV, or try some light stretching or yoga. Try to disconnect from your phone at least 30 minutes before bedtime so you can relax and unwind. Even better, keep it out of the bedroom completely by charging it in a different room overnight!

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Create a bedtime routine.

Start winding down an hour before bedtime. If you’ve ever toiled away on your laptop answering emails right up until lights-out, you’ve likely had a hard time slowing your mind down and getting to sleep. Try and settle into a relaxation routine about an hour before bedtime. Take a warm shower, watch a little TV, or try some light stretching or yoga. Try to disconnect from your phone at least 30 minutes before bedtime so you can relax and unwind. Even better, keep it out of the bedroom completely by charging it in a different room overnight!

Up your comfort game.

Your bedroom should be a sacred, peaceful space. The place where even after the hardest days, you can relax, de-stress, and recover. Decorate your room exactly how you want it, and be sure to make your bed extra comfy. Our recommendation? Try a Gravity Blanket—a weighted blanket that promotes better sleep and combats stress. Named one of TIME’s 50 Best Inventions of 2018, the Gravity Blanket uses “deep touch pressure stimulation,” which makes you feel like you’re being hugged and relaxes your nervous system. It gives you a sense of calm and comfort, allowing you to fall asleep faster and more deeply. Plus, it comes in lots of different sizes and colors so you can match your beautifully decorated bedroom.

It’s the only brand of weighted blankets that’s scientifically proven to improve sleep and reduce stress. In a 2019 Sleepscore Labs Study, 72% of participants reported sleep improvement, with enhanced feelings of relaxation and restfulness. 76% of users reported falling asleep faster, and 76% said they felt more rested when they woke up in the morning. 55% of users agreed that it reduced overall stress, and 78% of those who had tried other sleep products said they preferred the Gravity Blanket. 

Want to see for yourself? Use code Mindbody20 at checkout between now and March 31 for 20% off everything!

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Up your comfort game.

Your bedroom should be a sacred, peaceful space. The place where even after the hardest days, you can relax, de-stress, and recover. Decorate your room exactly how you want it, and be sure to make your bed extra comfy. Our recommendation? Try a Gravity Blanket—a weighted blanket that promotes better sleep and combats stress. Named one of TIME’s 50 Best Inventions of 2018, the Gravity Blanket uses “deep touch pressure stimulation,” which makes you feel like you’re being hugged and relaxes your nervous system. It gives you a sense of calm and comfort, allowing you to fall asleep faster and more deeply. Plus, it comes in lots of different sizes and colors so you can match your beautifully decorated bedroom.

It’s the only brand of weighted blankets that’s scientifically proven to improve sleep and reduce stress. In a 2019 Sleepscore Labs Study, 72% of participants reported sleep improvement, with enhanced feelings of relaxation and restfulness. 76% of users reported falling asleep faster, and 76% said they felt more rested when they woke up in the morning. 55% of users agreed that it reduced overall stress, and 78% of those who had tried other sleep products said they preferred the Gravity Blanket. 

Want to see for yourself? Use code Mindbody20 at checkout between now and March 31 for 20% off everything!

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Gravity is a premium sleep and wellness brand that creates science-backed solutions for sleep and stress, including the popular Gravity Weighted Blanket.
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Wellness
Published Wednesday Oct 06, 2021 by Denise Prichard

What is Wellness?

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Wellness

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.

Wellness is more important to you than ever

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.

What wellness means to the pros

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

Putting wellness into action

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.

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Denise Prichard
Senior 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.