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Wellness
Published Monday Aug 19, 2019 by Mooch and Mel

4 Simple Strategies to De-Stress

Expert Advice
Personal Growth
Meditation

Stress. Everyone has it—and it’s a seemingly universal consensus that we all want a whole lot less of it. That’s why we’re all about eliminating that pesky visitor.

It all starts with alignment. Most people think they are stressed from being too busy, but the reality is they are unaligned. When we are aligned, it really doesn’t matter how busy we are because our time is spent productively. In this case, productive means in alignment with our goals, our values, and our authentic selves. When we aren’t spending our energy in ways that align accordingly, resistance builds. 

To reduce stress, we first want to observe if energy is being blocked or if we are “busy-ing” ourselves, rather than using our time and energy meaningfully. Important side note:”meaningfully” looks different for everyone and will change for each of us in different phases of our lives. 

Here are four ways to be better aligned and less stressed: 
 

Elimination.

Eliminate conversations, foods, choices, and decisions that come from a place of “should.” These typically come from guilt, shame, worry, fear, comparison, and lack. We can’t grow in these spaces and energy spent there is energy away from growth.

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Elimination.

Eliminate conversations, foods, choices, and decisions that come from a place of “should.” These typically come from guilt, shame, worry, fear, comparison, and lack. We can’t grow in these spaces and energy spent there is energy away from growth.

Communicate clearly.

Too often we are afraid to assert our needs, expectations, goals, or perspective or we assume others know what they are. Remember, people aren’t mind readers. So, if there is something you want to accomplish or a boundary that you want observed; communicate it. This can actually be a great way to build and strengthen relationships—whether personal or professional.    

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Communicate clearly.

Too often we are afraid to assert our needs, expectations, goals, or perspective or we assume others know what they are. Remember, people aren’t mind readers. So, if there is something you want to accomplish or a boundary that you want observed; communicate it. This can actually be a great way to build and strengthen relationships—whether personal or professional.    

Think beyond the moment.

Take a step back (or two) and remember; nothing is urgent unless we attach urgency to it. Think big picture. How does this relate to your authentic goals and values? Does this need to be top priority? Or does something else better align with what you want and need? Getting out of the moment prevents kinks and prevents damage control down the road.

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Think beyond the moment.

Take a step back (or two) and remember; nothing is urgent unless we attach urgency to it. Think big picture. How does this relate to your authentic goals and values? Does this need to be top priority? Or does something else better align with what you want and need? Getting out of the moment prevents kinks and prevents damage control down the road.

Quiet your mind.

Try to dedicate three minutes to yourself each day, without your phone. Maybe it’s in the shower, in bed before you get up, in the car, on the train, during a run. Just find 180 seconds to check your alignment. Is how you are spending your time, your thoughts, and your energy aligned for you? If not, what can you shift? Watch how your life can change from just three minutes a day.

 
Want more wellness tips? Check out Move with Mooch and Mel, and follow them at @move.withmm on Instagram! 
 

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Quiet your mind.

Try to dedicate three minutes to yourself each day, without your phone. Maybe it’s in the shower, in bed before you get up, in the car, on the train, during a run. Just find 180 seconds to check your alignment. Is how you are spending your time, your thoughts, and your energy aligned for you? If not, what can you shift? Watch how your life can change from just three minutes a day.

 
Want more wellness tips? Check out Move with Mooch and Mel, and follow them at @move.withmm on Instagram! 
 

Mooch & Mel - MINDBODY
Written by
Mooch and Mel
Co-owners | Move With MM
About the author
A finalist in America's Most Inspiring Trainer, Mooch is a nutrition nut and personal trainer in bootcamp and cycling classes. Mel, a yoga instructor, life coach, and gut health educator, loves guiding others to overcome anxiety and feel more energized. Together, they bring a balance of compassion and tough love to help busy women who feel stuck, move!
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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).