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Published Monday Jan 13, 2020 by Erica Arvanitis

Add These 7 Self-Care Apps to Your 2020 Wellness Routine

Yoga
Fitness
Meditation
Personal Growth

While our busy schedules don’t always allow for that daily yoga class we really need, we can’t forget to make our wellness a priority. Turns out, there’s an app for pretty much everything these days – meditation, mindfulness, and self-care, oh my. 

Whether it’s looking up healthy dinner recipes or streaming the perfect playlist for your morning run, our phones play a big part in our daily wellness. Here are some of our favorite apps to help you stay on track and lead a happier, healthier life. 

FOR A PICK-ME-UP

Shine 

Looking for some extra inspiration? Shine is the self-care app for you. With daily motivational texts that hype up your morning and a vast selection of self-improvement audio, it can help you to de-stress, lower anxiety, and feel good overall. (I have the app and these texts put a smile on my face before my dreaded daily commute). The app even has the Shine Challenge, a seven-day audio series that gets you deeper into a selected self-care topic. While the Daily Shine texts are free, a subscription to Mindful Moments costs $9.99/month. 

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FOR A PICK-ME-UP

Shine 

Looking for some extra inspiration? Shine is the self-care app for you. With daily motivational texts that hype up your morning and a vast selection of self-improvement audio, it can help you to de-stress, lower anxiety, and feel good overall. (I have the app and these texts put a smile on my face before my dreaded daily commute). The app even has the Shine Challenge, a seven-day audio series that gets you deeper into a selected self-care topic. While the Daily Shine texts are free, a subscription to Mindful Moments costs $9.99/month. 

FOR YOUR SAVASANA

MINDBODY 

It can be challenging to find time for ourselves on a busy schedule, but our MINDBODY app makes it easy to book what you love. Whether you’re in your neighborhood or traveling for work, book a fitness class or treat yourself to a manicure or massage in seconds. You deserve it, and now it’s simple to explore your self-care. 

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FOR YOUR SAVASANA

MINDBODY 

It can be challenging to find time for ourselves on a busy schedule, but our MINDBODY app makes it easy to book what you love. Whether you’re in your neighborhood or traveling for work, book a fitness class or treat yourself to a manicure or massage in seconds. You deserve it, and now it’s simple to explore your self-care. 

FOR YOUR EMOTIONAL HEALTH

Mend 

If you’re looking to heal your heart, Mend is an app that makes sure all those newly-single souls aren’t alone. With a self-care program, the app gives you day-by-day guidance while providing progress tracking, in-app journaling, and audio trainings from mental health and wellness experts. It may not be your favorite pint of Halo Top, but Mend gives you the emotional support you need to move on, mentally. 

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FOR YOUR EMOTIONAL HEALTH

Mend 

If you’re looking to heal your heart, Mend is an app that makes sure all those newly-single souls aren’t alone. With a self-care program, the app gives you day-by-day guidance while providing progress tracking, in-app journaling, and audio trainings from mental health and wellness experts. It may not be your favorite pint of Halo Top, but Mend gives you the emotional support you need to move on, mentally. 

FOR YOUR DAILY ZEN

Headspace

Meditation and mindfulness made simple, Headspace is all about taking ten minutes out of your day to tune in and clear your mind. You can listen to general guided meditations or follow along to more specific ones dealing with topics like sleep or relationships. The app itself is free, but if you want more than a quick calm session, you can subscribe for $12.99/month. I mean, if it’s good enough for Emma Watson, it’s good enough for us

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FOR YOUR DAILY ZEN

Headspace

Meditation and mindfulness made simple, Headspace is all about taking ten minutes out of your day to tune in and clear your mind. You can listen to general guided meditations or follow along to more specific ones dealing with topics like sleep or relationships. The app itself is free, but if you want more than a quick calm session, you can subscribe for $12.99/month. I mean, if it’s good enough for Emma Watson, it’s good enough for us

FOR YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

Talkspace

While most people can benefit from therapy, it’s not always accessible to everyone. For those who need a more affordable option, Talkspace is a text-based therapy app for your phone, tablet, or computer. First, it matches you with a licensed therapist, then lets you send them messages – text, voice, photo, or video– at any time throughout the day or night. Unlimited chat therapy starts at $32/week. 

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FOR YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

Talkspace

While most people can benefit from therapy, it’s not always accessible to everyone. For those who need a more affordable option, Talkspace is a text-based therapy app for your phone, tablet, or computer. First, it matches you with a licensed therapist, then lets you send them messages – text, voice, photo, or video– at any time throughout the day or night. Unlimited chat therapy starts at $32/week. 

FOR YOUR MEAL PREP

Mealime 

Made for on-the-go eaters, Mealime serves up quick, healthy meals, all under 30 minutes. It builds grocery lists from your recipe selections, which helps you to keep track of your shopping list and make sure no ingredient is left behind. Bonus: you can also add your own personal preferences like if you don’t eat meat, or you really hate mushrooms. 

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FOR YOUR MEAL PREP

Mealime 

Made for on-the-go eaters, Mealime serves up quick, healthy meals, all under 30 minutes. It builds grocery lists from your recipe selections, which helps you to keep track of your shopping list and make sure no ingredient is left behind. Bonus: you can also add your own personal preferences like if you don’t eat meat, or you really hate mushrooms. 

FOR YOUR COMMUTE

SCRIBD 

After a long day at work, that 5pm traffic is exhausting. Distract your mind—and learn something new—with SCRIBD. Search through hundreds of audiobooks, snapshots (handy little summaries of books and audiobooks before you listen), magazines, and even sheet music, if you’re feelin’ musical. If you need some inspiration on which books to tune into, here’s our November picks!

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FOR YOUR COMMUTE

SCRIBD 

After a long day at work, that 5pm traffic is exhausting. Distract your mind—and learn something new—with SCRIBD. Search through hundreds of audiobooks, snapshots (handy little summaries of books and audiobooks before you listen), magazines, and even sheet music, if you’re feelin’ musical. If you need some inspiration on which books to tune into, here’s our November picks!

Erica Arvanitis MINDBODY
Written by
Erica Arvanitis
Copywriter
About the author
A copywriter by day, Erica spends her free time mastering the art of puzzles while forcing her 10-year-old Chow mix to wear sweaters. With experience in PR, social media, marketing, and copywriting, Erica lives and breathes the written word. Warning: don’t test her on Friends trivia - she will win every time.
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Beauty
Published Wednesday Sep 09, 2020 by Sara Lesher

What Do We Expect from Beauty Salons Reopening Now?

Beauty
Salon
COVID-19

Things are weird. Times are changing. It seems like just when we’re starting to get a grip, there’s another surprise. When it comes to beauty, we've had to adapt on our own due to salon closures, keep an eye on preparations and protocol changes during those closures, try to know what we’re doing before booking an appointment once they reopened, and maybe even brave the journey back to the salon. Whether you live in a place where salons are open, you’ve experienced a second shutdown, or you straight up haven’t had a haircut since March, we can all probably agree that we’re expecting some differences in the salon and spa world thanks to COVID. 
We wanted to gauge how everyone is thinking and feeling about all this, so we put out a poll on our Instagram, asking you all what you expect from beauty salons right now.  

Here’s what you had to say... 


1.    You’re about 50/50 when it comes to heading back 
 


53% of you have returned to the hair salon by now, while 47% of you have not. This makes sense, because every area of the country is different when it comes to cases, closures, and mandates, and every person is different when it comes to risk and safety.  

2.    But if you are going back, you want the "normal" experience

While many hair salons have begun operating outdoors due to government regulations, 58% of you said you’re fine with getting your haircut indoors, while the other 42% are more comfortable keeping it outside.

3.    You aren’t quite comfortable with others in your home 


58% of you said you’d rather go to your hair salon than have your stylist come to you. I get it, home is a safe space, probably shouldn’t let any outsiders in.

4.    You really appreciate your stylists

69% of you said you’re “totally!” going to tip more for services once you start receiving them again. During this time without our stylists and aestheticians, I think we all realized how much we need them and appreciate them, and many of us are willing to show them a little extra gratitude to make up for the time we spent apart.

5.    Some of you are willing to take risks... 


But, most of you aren’t. 56% of you said you have not cut or colored your own or a friend’s hair, because it was too risky, while the other 44% just “had to!”  


6.    Nail salons are a lot less trafficked 


Only 29% of you have returned to nail salons, while the rest are sticking to at-home manicures. Maybe we’re all just getting really good at it? But probably, it’s because a lot of them are still closed down, or because it’s a little more difficult to get a pedicure outdoors (we need our massage chairs!).  


7.   We’ve all noticed (and embraced) the changes

Our last poll question asked about what differences you’ve all noticed when heading back to the salon, and you all had a lot to say...


chat bubbles with salon differences


It’s a beautiful thing to see how the salon and spa community has come together, taken precautions, and adjustments, all so they can continue to help us look and feel our best. If you haven’t spoken to your stylist lately (or even if you have), don’t forget to shoot them a thank you and let them know you appreciate them. 

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).