Ok, folks! I hope you are having a good week. Monday and Tuesday were so busy and stressful for me…I felt a little like I was being tossed around in a big wave. I did get several things done, however. I gave a little speech about Thai Massage (which I have been assured was not as bad as I thought), changed my insurance plan (to make it less expensive and include my husband finally), and went to a networking meeting. Today I have a little rest, which means I will make a big pot of soup, and also finally give you the next installment of Muscle Monday, just a few days late! Today, the sternocleidomastoid! Continue reading
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I find it way too easy to get focused on the negative…on what’s not working. Or, just when I start to feel good about things, I encounter folks who really want to wallow in their own miseries. I think part of taking care of ourselves is learning to change this propensity for negative self-talk, and try to turn the focus on what is good in our lives, and what is actually working. There’s probably more than you’d think!
I came across this blog post from Kris Carr, and I think it makes some good points on how to be brave and share your successes with others. I hope that it inspires you!
It’s like the guy says–“You can’t be stressed out after sitting in a box full of kittens!”
From the people at SoulPancake
Your eyes do a lot for you everyday, so try giving them a rest every day by doing relaxing eyeball exercises. With open or closed eyes, roll your eye-balls around in their sockets by looking right, left, up, and down.
Comfort tired eyes with compresses: Use cold, sliced cucumber rounds, spoons you’ve let chill in the freezer, frozen gel masks, or even a hot washcloth. Compresses are especially nice after a good cry or to soothe allergies.
Image and quote from Lynn Gordon’s “52 Relaxing Rituals“
I was looking at the website of one of my Thai Massage teachers, and saw this:
Thai yoga massage is most effective as a form of preventive medicine –much like regular oil changes for a car, having periodic massage is one of the ways we can keep our bodies in good working order and avoid major breakdowns. In general, we recommend having a massage a minimum of once a month and as often as once a week, depending on your body`s condition and your personal goals.
I love this sentiment, and it applies to regular massage as well. I’ve met so many people who only get a massage once or twice a year. One hour of massage (or even two) out of approximately 8766 hours in a year is not enough!
How often do you get a massage? How often would you like to? What’s stopping you?
Today’s muscle is a small group of muscles in the anterior neck, known as the scalenes.
Origin: Transverse processes of the 2nd-6th cervical (neck) vertebrae
Insertion: Upper surfaces of 1st & 2nd ribs
Actions: Bilaterally, elevates rib cage during inhalation. Unilaterally, laterally flexes the neck, and rotates head & neck to the opposite side
If you’re looking for a simple way to unwind, here’s a nice 30 minute yoga video. I’ve done it several times, and it’s a relaxing way to end the day.
Did that statement just stress you out? I hope not, but it’s likely that we’ll all feel a little frazzled for the next few weeks.
If you’re too busy to schedule a massage for yourself, or to practice some yoga, you might still be able to find a little relief with a simple yet powerful breathing exercise, Alternate Nostril Breathing. The instructions are pretty much right there in the name: you inhale first through the left nostril (while blocking the right nostril with your thumb) and then exhale out through the right (blocking the left nostril with your ring finger. Then reverse by inhaling through the right and exhaling through the left. It helps to slow the breathing, causing us to become more mindful and relaxed, and induces a wonderful feeling of calm and clarity.
More info can be found here: http://www.yogajournal.com/practice/2598
I would like to share a small excerpt from the morning affirmation section of Tapping for Stress Relief, from Jessica Ortner of The Tapping Solution:
Today is a gift.
I’m grateful to be alive,
And to have this day.
I refuse to waste it
By complaining about what is.
I choose to focus on what I create.
I create my reality.
I choose wisely.
Enjoy your day! 😀