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Wellness
Published Tuesday Mar 31, 2020 by Mindbody Team

What Mindbody is Reading/Listening to Right Now

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Personal Growth

At Mindbody, we’re all trying to do our part, right now, WFH-ing, social distancing and spending as much time at home as possible. All that extra time confined at home makes it particularly tempting to mindlessly consume—whether it be a 10:15 AM lunch, out of boredom, or scrolling titles on Hulu for hours before giving up and re-watching The Office, again. 

It’s important to mix up the content we’re consuming and try to ensure we’re getting a balance of enriching content. We compiled a list of a few of our favorite books and podcasts that the Mindbody team is consciously consuming to try to keep ourselves enlightened and balanced during this time—that is, when we’re not bingeing Tiger King or Love is Blind. 

Hidden Brain [Podcast] with Shankar Vedantam 

“Makes you think about your unconscious decisions—for example, why do we all feel compelled to stockpile toilet paper right now.”  – Megan Incorvaia (Sr Manager, Advertising) 

Host Shankar Vedantam focuses his weekly shows on human behavior and social sciences. Diving deep into sociological & behavioral research to get listeners to understand the headlines through the context of human perception, memory, emotions, and subconscious. 

 

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Hidden Brain [Podcast] with Shankar Vedantam 

“Makes you think about your unconscious decisions—for example, why do we all feel compelled to stockpile toilet paper right now.”  – Megan Incorvaia (Sr Manager, Advertising) 

Host Shankar Vedantam focuses his weekly shows on human behavior and social sciences. Diving deep into sociological & behavioral research to get listeners to understand the headlines through the context of human perception, memory, emotions, and subconscious. 

 

Photo source: Npr.org (Hidden Brain)

Digital Minimalism [Book] By Cal Newport

“We’re spending A LOT more time online, but it can be counterintuitive to overall wellness. Digital Minimalism helps shine a light on your behavioral blind spots.” – Meredith Simmons (Sr Marketing Communications Specialist) 

Digital Minimalism takes the approach that technology—a powerful but vilified tool—is not necessarily good or bad. Cal Newport highlights that we should be consciously considering how we’re spending our time (endless scrolling on the ‘grams, anyone?), assessing what value we get from our various tech connections and social platforms, and either consolidating, prioritizing, or taking a step away from technology. 
 

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Digital Minimalism [Book] By Cal Newport

“We’re spending A LOT more time online, but it can be counterintuitive to overall wellness. Digital Minimalism helps shine a light on your behavioral blind spots.” – Meredith Simmons (Sr Marketing Communications Specialist) 

Digital Minimalism takes the approach that technology—a powerful but vilified tool—is not necessarily good or bad. Cal Newport highlights that we should be consciously considering how we’re spending our time (endless scrolling on the ‘grams, anyone?), assessing what value we get from our various tech connections and social platforms, and either consolidating, prioritizing, or taking a step away from technology. 
 

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Armchair Expert [Podcast] with Dax Shepard and Monica Padman

“It’s so funny and smart but most importantly, Dax and Monica show you it’s okay to be honest, vulnerable, and sensitive” – Yuki Daniel (Executive Assistant) 

Dax Shepard, along with his co-host and longtime friend, Monica Padman have such a pointed, yet caring & humble way of interviewing. It’s not uncommon for him to prompt many of his celebrity and expert guests to open up deeply within the first five minutes of the podcast. Listening to Dax and Monica is highly entertaining and thought-provoking. A great soundtrack for cooking dinner. 

 

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Armchair Expert [Podcast] with Dax Shepard and Monica Padman

“It’s so funny and smart but most importantly, Dax and Monica show you it’s okay to be honest, vulnerable, and sensitive” – Yuki Daniel (Executive Assistant) 

Dax Shepard, along with his co-host and longtime friend, Monica Padman have such a pointed, yet caring & humble way of interviewing. It’s not uncommon for him to prompt many of his celebrity and expert guests to open up deeply within the first five minutes of the podcast. Listening to Dax and Monica is highly entertaining and thought-provoking. A great soundtrack for cooking dinner. 

 

Photo source: Armchair Expert Facebook

When Things Fall Apart [Book] by Pema Chödrön

“Everyone can relate and get advice from this book, whether they are going through a loss, divorce, work stress, etc.” – Keana Dapper (Lifecycle Program Manager) 

Pema Chödrön is a Buddhist nun, author and speaker. Drawing from her vast knowledge and experience with traditional Buddhist Wisdom—she provides a digestible guide on how to lean into our feelings of discomfort. 

 

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When Things Fall Apart [Book] by Pema Chödrön

“Everyone can relate and get advice from this book, whether they are going through a loss, divorce, work stress, etc.” – Keana Dapper (Lifecycle Program Manager) 

Pema Chödrön is a Buddhist nun, author and speaker. Drawing from her vast knowledge and experience with traditional Buddhist Wisdom—she provides a digestible guide on how to lean into our feelings of discomfort. 

 

Photo source: Goodreads.com

Educated: A Memoir [Book] by Tara Westover

“An incredibly interesting perspective of the power of knowledge and information.” – Angelina C Murray (Lead Acquisition Program Manager) 

A true page-turner, Educated details the childhood and journey through life of Tara Westover. Raised in a home that eschewed formal education, subject to physical and emotional abuse from unstable parents, Westover’s story of discovering and seeking out education against all odds is truly inspiring. 

 

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Educated: A Memoir [Book] by Tara Westover

“An incredibly interesting perspective of the power of knowledge and information.” – Angelina C Murray (Lead Acquisition Program Manager) 

A true page-turner, Educated details the childhood and journey through life of Tara Westover. Raised in a home that eschewed formal education, subject to physical and emotional abuse from unstable parents, Westover’s story of discovering and seeking out education against all odds is truly inspiring. 

 

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Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend [Podcast] with Conan O’Brien and Sona Movsesian 

“Conan's untamed, yet likeable id unleashed on his guests who, after the hour is up, unwittingly become his friends. His assistant Sona and producer Matt laugh at, and sometimes with, Conan throughout each episode. Five stars.”  – Ryan Kaltenbach (Senior Business Insights Analyst & Office Meme Master) 

This podcast may not be as enlightened or educational as some of the other picks on our list—but laughter is the best medicine—and we could all use a couple of extra giggles right now. Conan brings through A-list celebrities and top comedians for an hour plus of one third interview & two-thirds side splitting laughter. Just give it a listen. 

 

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Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend [Podcast] with Conan O’Brien and Sona Movsesian 

“Conan's untamed, yet likeable id unleashed on his guests who, after the hour is up, unwittingly become his friends. His assistant Sona and producer Matt laugh at, and sometimes with, Conan throughout each episode. Five stars.”  – Ryan Kaltenbach (Senior Business Insights Analyst & Office Meme Master) 

This podcast may not be as enlightened or educational as some of the other picks on our list—but laughter is the best medicine—and we could all use a couple of extra giggles right now. Conan brings through A-list celebrities and top comedians for an hour plus of one third interview & two-thirds side splitting laughter. Just give it a listen. 

 

Photo source: Stitcher.com

Joyful:  The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness [Book] By Ingrid Fetell Lee 

“A good reminder that joy can be found in simple, cheap ways.”  – Christina Libertini (Senior Art Director) 

Especially now, when we’re all feeling a little bit more confined, this book gives some useful tips on how to improve our WFH spaces, our bedrooms, our lives, and find a little more joy. Drawing on insights from neuroscience and psychology, Ingrid Fetell Lee breaks down the powerful impact of the physical world on our feelings and thoughts (both good and bad). Her anecdotes are fun to read, and the—while basic—are a good reminder that joy can be found in simple, cheap ways. 

 

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Joyful:  The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness [Book] By Ingrid Fetell Lee 

“A good reminder that joy can be found in simple, cheap ways.”  – Christina Libertini (Senior Art Director) 

Especially now, when we’re all feeling a little bit more confined, this book gives some useful tips on how to improve our WFH spaces, our bedrooms, our lives, and find a little more joy. Drawing on insights from neuroscience and psychology, Ingrid Fetell Lee breaks down the powerful impact of the physical world on our feelings and thoughts (both good and bad). Her anecdotes are fun to read, and the—while basic—are a good reminder that joy can be found in simple, cheap ways. 

 

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Planet Money [Podcast] 

“This podcast actually makes me miss my commute.” – Megan Incorvaia (Sr Manager, Advertising) 

Billed as ”The Economy Explained,” Planet Money breaks down the various forces at play in the economy in a digestible and interesting way. It runs the gamut from topics—is there any difference in top-shelf vs bottom-shelf vodka beyond the marketing—to explaining how the Fed is trying to combat the economic impacts of COVID-19. 

 

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Planet Money [Podcast] 

“This podcast actually makes me miss my commute.” – Megan Incorvaia (Sr Manager, Advertising) 

Billed as ”The Economy Explained,” Planet Money breaks down the various forces at play in the economy in a digestible and interesting way. It runs the gamut from topics—is there any difference in top-shelf vs bottom-shelf vodka beyond the marketing—to explaining how the Fed is trying to combat the economic impacts of COVID-19. 

 

Photo source: Npr.org (Planet Money)

The Body: A Guide for Occupants [Book] by Bill Bryson

“A great read in these times when our bodies have taken the headlines.” – Christina Libertini (Senior Art Director) 

Bill Bryson uses his trademark humor and strong storytelling to provide an engaging review of the human body. If you haven’t taken a biology class since high school (hi!)—this book provides a simple and entertaining walkthrough of how the human body works, one system at a time. It’s definitely not a medical textbook—but delivers on a lighthearted and anecdotal understanding of what keeps our bodies ticking. 

 

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The Body: A Guide for Occupants [Book] by Bill Bryson

“A great read in these times when our bodies have taken the headlines.” – Christina Libertini (Senior Art Director) 

Bill Bryson uses his trademark humor and strong storytelling to provide an engaging review of the human body. If you haven’t taken a biology class since high school (hi!)—this book provides a simple and entertaining walkthrough of how the human body works, one system at a time. It’s definitely not a medical textbook—but delivers on a lighthearted and anecdotal understanding of what keeps our bodies ticking. 

 

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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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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.