If you’re reading this, you’re a hero for making it through a year of pandemic. We have survived, but may be a little worse for wear. Not only our minds, but our bodies have taken a hit over the past 12 months. Not enough exercise, poor work ergonomics at the kitchen table and unrelenting demands on our time and energy have left us more than a little depleted. This is not a message to do more or try harder. It is an acknowledgement that you are nothing short of a hero for still trying. Congratulations!
Icy sidewalks under a thin layer of snow are, to say the least, treacherous. At some point all of us take a fall. It may take the form of windmilling arms or a quick thunk on the back side. Your body and the ground make a hard collision. Stiffness and bruising are usually the result. They are painful but typically resolve on their own within a few days. If pain persists beyond a few days, it is advisable to seek medical help. Many a bruise covers deeper injury such as a chipped tail bone or a small fracture. Pain that lasts and doesn’t get better can be a sign that help is required for full recovery. Wishing you a safe winter!
The stories we tell ourselves….. In the race to get everything done we hurriedly send out one last email for the day, drop into the grocery store for a few items and, at the end of the day, too tired to do anything else, we gorge ourselves on whatever is the latest show we are immersed in. The persistent sense of ‘having no time’ is a story we tell ourselves. This sense of urgency is pretend. It makes our days seem worthwhile but it leaves little time for the things that can truly sustain us. So, if you’re feeling \you don’t have time for a walk, a few stretches, outings with friends, whatever it is that feeds you and doesn’t drain you, then you are really just telling yourself a tall tale. Food for thought.
Stretching is a cure all, or so we are led to believe. Stretch before and after exercise, every morning, during breaks at work. On the rare occasions when we do get around to stretching, we typically overdo it. We want to ‘really feel’ the stretch and ‘know that we are getting out the knots’.
While masks are increasing our safety, they are also giving rise to ‘mask anxiety’, ‘maskne’, a persistent feeling of being out of breath, fogged-up glasses and fatigue.