Vagaro’s self-care survey was conducted by OnePoll in December 2020 and includes responses from over 2,000 Americans. 

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These days, self-care is on everyone’s mind. Vagaro recently ran an online poll to find out what’s important to our businesses – and their customers! When it comes to this topic, our findings might surprise you and get you curious to learn more. Let’s take a look at some of 2021’s trends, customer attitudes and expectations, and how you can incorporate self-care into your life. We’ve also pulled together some of our favorite blogs to help you get started.

What Is Self-Care?

Self-care is any activity a person engages with in order to maintain or boost their physical, mental, or emotional health. Because every person is unique, there’s a wide variety of practices. Self-care might include anything from making tea or taking a 15-minute walk to meditation, manicures, or a square of dark chocolate before bed.

Self-Care is More Important Than Ever

Vagaro CEO Fred Helou speaks about self-care

There’s an inevitable correlation between stress and self-care. Many people get so caught up in day-to-day responsibilities that they don’t prioritize time to take care of themselves. However, placing importance on activities that encourage relaxation can make you better equipped physically, mentally and emotionally to face life’s daily stressors.

Fred Helou, CEO of Vagaro

Our survey found that the average person spends a little over an hour every week on activities they consider self-care. The ongoing stress of the pandemic and social distancing have prompted many people to prioritize the practice of taking care of themselves in a way they haven’t before. These practices are something they report they’re planning to do more of in 2021. Spa visits, manicures and pedicures, exercise, and meditation topped the list of their preferred self-care activities. Here are a few of our favorite posts about these activities!

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  • Meditation takes just minutes to practice, requires no special equipment, and can be done anywhere. If you’ve got five minutes and a quiet room, you can start right now!

Self-Care Is a Stress Buster

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There’s no question that after 2020, stress levels are off the charts. Self-care practices allow you to rest, triggering the body’s built-in relaxation response – kind of like the opposite of your body’s “fight-or-flight” response. This relieves the mental and physiological effects and prevents chronic stress, which can damage your health. That means that self-care is good for you inside and out, and it’s worth making a priority.

Self-Care Has Big Benefits

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What if I told you that you could improve your self-confidence, increase your productivity, and enjoy an overall happier life – and all it would cost is an hour a week dedicated to taking care of yourself? It’s true! Experts say that by taking care of yourself, you create a positive “domino effect” on your mental and physical health that has lasting effects.

When you’re in the business of self-care, it can be tough to prioritize making time for yourself to relax, refresh, and reset. Explore the Vagaro Marketplace to make an appointment or live stream a self-care session!

Read the full press release and survey results here.