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Top 4 Tips on Living a Balanced Life from Gold Medalist Misty May-Treanor
Wellness
Published Sunday Nov 10, 2019 by Meredith Simmons

Top 4 Tips on Living a Balanced Life from Gold Medalist Misty May-Treanor

Motivation
Perspective
Personal Growth

In her years of being an athlete, Misty May-Treanor has learned a lot about how to balance responsibilities with self-care. Now a coach and mother, the three-time gold medalist divides her time between teaching others the sport of volleyball and being with her family. We asked Misty to share her advice on how to ensure you meet your goals while still taking care of yourself.


Take time for yourself.

Misty prioritizes time for herself to ensure that she’s in the best shape for her family. For Misty, taking that time gives her endorphins, making her feel better and giving her more energy.

“It’s important for women to take time for themselves, so you don't get bogged down,” Misty explained. “You can read a book, go for a walk or just take five to ten minutes to meditate. We don’t give enough time for ourselves.”


Try to make the person next to you better.

In her years as an athlete, Misty learned the importance of teamwork, both to achieve a common goal and to hold herself accountable.

“My goal has always been to make the person next to me better,” Misty said. “I’ve met a lot of people through working out—from people in classes I take to being a role model to other young kids.”

By holding herself accountable to other people, Misty makes sure that she is doing the best she can for her team, family and herself.


Stay the course.

When setbacks happen, Misty doesn’t let it distract her from her goals. As an athlete, she learned that she had to dedicate herself to the process and stay humble—no matter what happened.

“We can be so focused on winning and losing, but you still have to enjoy what you’re doing,” Misty said. “You’re not going to see progress overnight. It’s so important to remember to stay patient and stay the course, especially when people are just starting out.”


Plan ahead.

As busy as she is, planning ahead is important for Misty to stay on track with her goals. Since Misty was introduced to MINDBODY over 13 years ago, she's used the software to book her workouts, and now, to run her business, Dream in Gold Beach Volleyball Club.

“With the MINDBODY app, it’s so easy to set up workouts, get reminders and stay on track. In sports, you have to be goal-oriented to have a clear path to success. Setting goals along the way help you find a way to make the task clearer.”

 

This post was originally published on May 23, 2017. 
Meredith Simmons
Written by
Meredith Simmons
Senior Content Marketing Specialist and Certified Group Fitness Instructor
About the author
Meredith is an avid sports fan and group fitness addict, which lead to her becoming a certified fitness instructor in 2019. A long-time Mindbodyian, Meredith helps tell the stories of the thousands of businesses using Mindbody to make the world a happier and healthier place.
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