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Wellness
Published Friday Jan 03, 2020 by Sara Lesher

The Top 7 Wellness Resolutions You Should Keep This New Year

Motivation
Personal Growth

It’s that time of year again—we’re starting to hear resolutions about dieting, losing weight, working out, etc. Maintaining physical health is important, but we shouldn’t neglect the other areas of our life that make us whole, healthy beings.  

At MINDBODY, we believe wellness comes in 7 dimensions:  
    •    Physical: Taking care of our bodies—proper nutrition, hydration, exercise, etc.
    •    Emotional: Our ability to recognize our feelings and manage them constructively
    •    Intellectual: Engaging our minds and challenging our intellects  

    •    Spiritual: Our greater purpose on this earth and how we find meaning in our lives 

    •    Environmental: Acknowledging and bettering the impact we have on our planet 

    •    Social: Making supportive and beneficial connections with others 

    •    Occupational: Fulfillment in the workplace and work/life balance 


Now that you understand the 7 Dimensions of Wellness, here are some resolutions you can make this year to fulfill each one!

Physical

It’s easy to get caught up in trying to lose weight, especially during the new year. But having a body that carries us each day is a gift in and of itself—we should be celebrating it, not punishing it! Rather than thinking about dieting to lose weight this year, try to shift your mindset on exercising and eating a well-rounded diet to better your mental health, increase your overall energy, and live a longer, healthier life. We only get one body, and it’s essential that we treat it well—trust us, it’ll thank you. Hint: Check out these last-minute deals on fitness classes near you!

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Physical

It’s easy to get caught up in trying to lose weight, especially during the new year. But having a body that carries us each day is a gift in and of itself—we should be celebrating it, not punishing it! Rather than thinking about dieting to lose weight this year, try to shift your mindset on exercising and eating a well-rounded diet to better your mental health, increase your overall energy, and live a longer, healthier life. We only get one body, and it’s essential that we treat it well—trust us, it’ll thank you. Hint: Check out these last-minute deals on fitness classes near you!

Emotional

Emotional well-being is about finding happiness in your daily life and routine. It’s closely linked to spiritual wellness, but with more focus on acknowledging and managing your emotions. Support your emotional well-being by finding joy in the little things, living in the present, and seeking help when you need it. In 2020, try to bring awareness into your daily routines—notice your breath, take time while eating to enjoy your meals, opt for walking when you can, find ways to practice gratitude, call a friend—the list goes on and on. If you need a mental health day, take one. If you’re feeling helpless, seek therapy. This is your life, and you control your happiness.

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Emotional

Emotional well-being is about finding happiness in your daily life and routine. It’s closely linked to spiritual wellness, but with more focus on acknowledging and managing your emotions. Support your emotional well-being by finding joy in the little things, living in the present, and seeking help when you need it. In 2020, try to bring awareness into your daily routines—notice your breath, take time while eating to enjoy your meals, opt for walking when you can, find ways to practice gratitude, call a friend—the list goes on and on. If you need a mental health day, take one. If you’re feeling helpless, seek therapy. This is your life, and you control your happiness.

Intellectual

For some, this one may sound daunting, but you don’t have to start applying for grad schools to work on your intelligence (although if that’s a goal of yours, what’s stopping you?). Is there something you’ve always wanted to learn more about? Pick up a new book on the subject to read. Have a long commute or need a distraction on the treadmill? Tune into a few new podcasts. Feeling intellectually drained from work? Exercise your creativity (paint, color, take up macramé). Intelligence comes in many different forms—find what inspires you, and just go for it.

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Intellectual

For some, this one may sound daunting, but you don’t have to start applying for grad schools to work on your intelligence (although if that’s a goal of yours, what’s stopping you?). Is there something you’ve always wanted to learn more about? Pick up a new book on the subject to read. Have a long commute or need a distraction on the treadmill? Tune into a few new podcasts. Feeling intellectually drained from work? Exercise your creativity (paint, color, take up macramé). Intelligence comes in many different forms—find what inspires you, and just go for it.

Spiritual

Spirituality is a broad term and can have a different meaning for everyone. In short, spirituality is our sense of connection to something bigger than ourselves. What is the meaning of our lives? Why are we here on this planet? These are not simple questions. Whether you find your peace in organized religion or through solo meditation, there is no wrong answer. Spirituality is a personal journey we are all entitled to. So, how do we make spiritual resolutions in 2020? Start by asking yourself these questions, find what brings you fulfillment. Spend time alone—try writing in a journal or taking just five minutes a day to meditate and reflect. Remember: it’s your journey, and you’re in control.

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Spiritual

Spirituality is a broad term and can have a different meaning for everyone. In short, spirituality is our sense of connection to something bigger than ourselves. What is the meaning of our lives? Why are we here on this planet? These are not simple questions. Whether you find your peace in organized religion or through solo meditation, there is no wrong answer. Spirituality is a personal journey we are all entitled to. So, how do we make spiritual resolutions in 2020? Start by asking yourself these questions, find what brings you fulfillment. Spend time alone—try writing in a journal or taking just five minutes a day to meditate and reflect. Remember: it’s your journey, and you’re in control.

Environmental

Although we’re impressed with those who choose to go zero waste, it may seem like a big leap for many of us. If you think you’re ready to eliminate trash and go vegan, 2020 is your year to make it happen. If you don’t even know where to begin with environmental wellness, it’s okay to start small. Opt for paperless billing, learn to recycle, invest in clean beauty products, swap your household cleaning supplies. Whatever it may be, your contribution matters. We’re all living on the same planet, and it’s our job to protect it.

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Environmental

Although we’re impressed with those who choose to go zero waste, it may seem like a big leap for many of us. If you think you’re ready to eliminate trash and go vegan, 2020 is your year to make it happen. If you don’t even know where to begin with environmental wellness, it’s okay to start small. Opt for paperless billing, learn to recycle, invest in clean beauty products, swap your household cleaning supplies. Whatever it may be, your contribution matters. We’re all living on the same planet, and it’s our job to protect it.

Social

Whether you’re a social butterfly or you’d be happy interacting solely with your dog, we all could use a little community. This means something different for everyone, so don’t worry if you’re not hosting the party every weekend. If you’re a creature of habit, find a way to fit others into your routine. It could be as simple as calling your mom on your commute, grabbing coffee with a coworker each morning, or joining a group fitness class. We are social beings. Our connection with others makes up a crucial part of our overall well-being (maybe even as important as food and water!). So, call your friends, make plans, and connect this new year.

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Social

Whether you’re a social butterfly or you’d be happy interacting solely with your dog, we all could use a little community. This means something different for everyone, so don’t worry if you’re not hosting the party every weekend. If you’re a creature of habit, find a way to fit others into your routine. It could be as simple as calling your mom on your commute, grabbing coffee with a coworker each morning, or joining a group fitness class. We are social beings. Our connection with others makes up a crucial part of our overall well-being (maybe even as important as food and water!). So, call your friends, make plans, and connect this new year.

Occupational

We all want to succeed in our careers, and for many, this means working all the time. Our occupational resolution this year is the opposite of occupational: remember to hit pause and disconnect. In 2020, it’s easier than ever to communicate on-the-go. Many of us have our work emails or chat tools downloaded on our phones, so we never miss an important message. While this is great during business hours, it can often be intrusive and never-ending when we’re off the clock. Make it a goal to emphasize the O in PTO and keep your time off truly off. Silence your phone, spend time with loved ones, and leave work at work. Honor your coworkers’ time off as well, and don’t send that 11 pm message—it can wait. 
 
 

Want to get started on your wellness journey? Download the Mindbody app to book fitness classes and wellness services to support your physical, emotional, spiritual, and social health.  

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Occupational

We all want to succeed in our careers, and for many, this means working all the time. Our occupational resolution this year is the opposite of occupational: remember to hit pause and disconnect. In 2020, it’s easier than ever to communicate on-the-go. Many of us have our work emails or chat tools downloaded on our phones, so we never miss an important message. While this is great during business hours, it can often be intrusive and never-ending when we’re off the clock. Make it a goal to emphasize the O in PTO and keep your time off truly off. Silence your phone, spend time with loved ones, and leave work at work. Honor your coworkers’ time off as well, and don’t send that 11 pm message—it can wait. 
 
 

Want to get started on your wellness journey? Download the Mindbody app to book fitness classes and wellness services to support your physical, emotional, spiritual, and social health.  

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).
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Wellness
Published Thursday Apr 01, 2021 by Denise Prichard

Your Guide to Releasing Stress and Finding Peace

Expert Advice
Wellness
Self-care

Since 1992, April has been recognized as Stress Awareness Month. It was established to help shed light on the issues behind stress, teach us how to fight it, and create methods to overcome it. While this initiative has existed just shy of three decades, this year it seems particularly important.

With a year under our belts in pandemic mode—a lot of us had to get creative when it came to keeping our cool. On top of that, everyday stresses didn’t just magically disappear during this time either. Just think about it—have you ever been in a situation that was overwhelming? Maybe you’ve had a looming deadline or a to-do list that seems, well...totally un-doable? If you’ve ever felt you were in over your head, please know you’re not alone—you never are. At one time or another, we’ve all been affected by stress—although each person may manifest it differently. Me? I'm definitely a frequent rider on the "hot mess stress express."

There are many ways to help combat stress—some of us seek out support from friends and family, while others find solace in taking up meditation or unwinding with a relaxing yoga class. Whatever helps you find peace, just keep doing you. But also know we have some resources to help you overcome stress whenever the need arises.

Here are some blog posts that are always available to you when you feel a little stressed out:

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1. Foundational Steps to Cultivating a Daily Self-love Practice  

When in doubt, breathwork expert and sound healer, Shanila Sattar, always has tips to help ground yourself—especially in times of need. In this blog post, she gives you the recipe for incorporating self-love into your daily routine by encouraging us to ask ourselves these questions: 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 we all know, self-love defines and redefines itself for everyone over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey. 

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2. I Tried Virtual Meditation...Here’s What I Learned 

Yoga Nidra, or “yogic sleep,” is a practice that has been around for thousands of years and it aims to restore the mind, body, and soul through deep, guided meditation. The way it works is like the way a power nap helps one feel refreshed during a particularly exhausting day, except you aren’t technically sleeping. I describe it as a long-form of savasana—anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour. (Real talk: savasana is one of the best parts of practicing yoga, am I right?) 

TLDR: I learned that I could conquer stress in a matter of minutes with Yoga Nidra. 

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3. Accessible Yoga Poses for Emotional Balance and Release 

Are we safe in saying this last year brought up a ton of emotions the likes of which we did not plan for? The good, the bad, the “unprecedented”—our hearts and minds have been taken on a wild rollercoaster ride, and for many of us, our mental health is suffering. With our minds running in thousands of directions, it’s hard to notice our own needs. Yes, our attention to the goings-on of last year is vital but caring for ourselves is as important as ever. Here are some tips from our favorite yoga instructor, Dani Schenone.  

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4. Top Breathing Exercises for Anxiety and Depression and The New Normal

Have you been feeling it? The big emotion floating around the last year is the Big Anxiety. Coupled with the stress of what the COVID-19 pandemic has bought for millions of people, disturbed wellness routines, and worry, we have a recipe to create massive damage to ourselves. Adjusting to the new normal, with social distancing practices in place and adapting to precautions and routines, may be the root of even more anxiousness for many as we’re navigating uncharted territories.

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5. The "Staying Grounded" Guide to Stress and Anxiety Pre- and Post-COVID-19

If you've got those familiar feelings of stress and anxiety coursing through your body right now, you're definitely not alone. We get it. Times are uncertain, our mental health is taxed, we're doing what we can to reduce stress and anxiety in general, and relaxation has taken a back seat. It’s no secret that stress is proven to weaken our immunity, so now more than ever, it's important to relax, deal with what's happening, and find the coping mechanisms to help you reclaim your mental health and reduce your involvement in stressed moments. Let's deal with stress and anxiety together and see what we can do to reduce them.

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6. How to Meditate: A Beginner's Guide

Meditation will change your life if you let it. The pace of our modern life is at least ten times what it was just 10 years ago. Technology improved our lives but also created a more frenetic and stressful pace. If we decided to stop, breathe, and become more mindful, we would reduce stress and experience much more enjoyment in each moment of our everyday lives.

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7. Cultivate Your Calm with These 7 Yoga Poses

There’s always something to worry about. Whether it’s our career, relationships, dating, or trauma, we go through moments that bombard us with negative thoughts that can make us feel anxious and stressed. Our worries may often define our choices, our view of the world, or ourselves. This doesn’t mean they are faults, flaws, or downfalls—we just need to practice managing them in a healthy way, placing deserved value on self-care. Yoga is only one connection. Check out these seven yoga poses that can help your mind and body when you’re experiencing anxiety, depression, or overall stress.

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8. Mindfulness Tips to Stay Intentional, Focused, and Aligned in 2021

We’re all guilty of our routines and habits running our lives at one point or another. We’re all guilty of being attached to our schedules and our to-do list. We’re all guilty of running on a loop every now and then. As the energies of 2021 continue to shift, we get to ask ourselves the intentions of why and how we are participating in the places we are participating in, the thoughts we are thinking, the habits we are cultivating, and the communities that we are a part of. This intention and mindfulness process can not only shift our own experiences but of those around us as well.

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9. Why It's Time to Try a Healing Virtual Sound Bath

If you have found meditation to be useful in trying times, right now is an incredible time to also try virtual sound baths to receive the deep sound healing benefits. As many of us are processing a variety of emotions as a collective—stress, worry, fear, anxiety, uncertainty—we can start to cause long-term damage to our bodies, especially to our immune and nervous systems. Giving ourselves self-care in a way that is easy, non-intrusive, and simple, can be the perfect way to help your body restore.

These resources aren’t the only thing we have to help you deal with stress—they’re just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, there are tons of classes available to you on the Mindbody app and through Mindbody Flex to help you reignite your calm whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed. And always remember, at the end of the day, your best is always good enough.  

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.