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Each month, over 20,000 of us search the web for the terms “wellness” or “well-being,” and more than 144,000 people search for topics relating to yoga, Pilates or fitness¹. That equates to 5,290 searches per day! According to Google Trends, there has been a 147% increase in searches for “well-being” in the past five years and a 114% increase in searches for “wellness.” Yoga and Pilates are both on the up, too, with searches increasing by 55% and 12% respectively since 2013.
Despite all the numbers, it’s evident the U.K. is looking for answers when it comes to their well-being. Whether it’s finding out what type of fitness fits your new routine or simply searching for a new yoga flow to try, our experts at MINDBODY share their insights to some of the web’s most asked questions when it comes to your wellness:
A: This is a very broad question; however, MINDBODY’s recent Wellness Index² did identify key areas that people can address to improve overall wellness. The leading factors contributing to low levels of wellness were a lack of time spent outside and a sedentary lifestyle. On average, the nation gets just two hours outside per day, and more than one in ten (13%) spend over nine hours sedentary². So, although there are a range of factors that contribute towards overall wellness, being active and getting more fresh air are two good places to start.
A: According to the Health and Safety’s 2016/17 Labour Force Survey, 526,000 workers were suffering from work-related stress, depression or anxiety (new or long-standing) in 2016/17, with 12.5 million working days lost. MINDBODY’s insight2 shows that almost a quarter of the nation (24%) say they are “always stressed or anxious.” Despite this, 78% of people also told MINDBODY they have no corporate fitness or wellness program in place³. Encouraging your company to introduce workplace wellness programs—such as lunchtime yoga classes or massages—could go a long way in supporting the staff’s mental and physical health.
A: You don’t necessarily need anything to start improving your wellness, but there are a host of tools out there that can help. Apps like MINDBODY provide easy access to classes and treatments that fit with your lifestyle, while other apps, like Headspace, are great if you want to try meditation or mindfulness.
A: MINDBODY research² has shown that 70% of those who do yoga or Pilates say that exercise relieves stress for them. Both practices encourage people to take time to reflect, as well as teaching breathing techniques that can help to combat feelings of stress and anxiety. The opportunity for more ‘me time’ is one thing that makes yoga such a good tool for combatting stress, with MINDBODY’s Wellness Index² showing a correlation between the amount of mental space people get and improved levels of overall wellness.
A: In short, yes. Yoga and Pilates are both great exercises to develop core strength and balance when practiced regularly. Given that many of the poses in yoga and Pilates involve supporting your bodyweight, they are also great dynamic exercises that work various muscles all over your body. With that said, just like any exercise, these benefits come with regular practice so get ready to rediscover your zen.
To find out more and to book your next fitness class or wellness service, visit MINDBODY.io or download the MINDBODY app on iOS or Android.
1. Search Metrics data from May 2018
2. Survey of 2,000 UK adults conducted by OnePoll in February 2018 for MINDBODY Wellness Index
3. Answer the Public Data from May 2018
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.
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:
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:
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:
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.