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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
Lifecycle Program Manager
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. A former English major, 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).
what is wellness
Wellness
Published Wednesday Oct 06, 2021 by Denise Prichard

What is Wellness?

Expert Advice
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.

denise prichard
Written by
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.