Having a good stretch once or twice a day feels good and can help prevent injuries (flexible muscles can do more), improve your posture (and as a result help with back pain), increase blood and nutrients to your muscles, and help you to feel less stressed.
Here’s what I do:
Spinal Stretch – lie on your back, bring your knee to your chest and then across your body. So your right knee will go over to the left side of your body. Hold this for at least 30 seconds. Then stretch the other side.
Forward bend – Sit with your legs straight out in front of you stretch your arms up to the sky and then bend forward as far as you can.
Spinal Twist- still sitting with your legs in front of you, bend one knee to your chest then twist your body and hug your bent leg.
Other quick stretches (you can do these at your desk)
Clasp your hands behind you and pull back to stretch your chest.
Hold your arm in front of your body and stretch it into your chest
Stretch your neck from side to side or do neck rolls
I bet you are feeling better already!
Also check out You Tube for some quick stretching routines:
5 Office Stretches
5 Minute Yoga
We all get sick, and you will get better much faster by taking care of you and resting!
A few tips: Ask for help from your spouse and child if they are old enough. Have some easy meals in the cabinet or freezer in case you’re not up to cooking (healthy canned soup, frozen veggies, and quick rice are great). Eliminate what you can from your work load. Many things, such as housework can wait!
As far as going to your job it’s much better to call in for a day or two then to try to do too much and end up being sick for longer. You’ll be a lot more productive if you can just stay home and get well! If that’s not an option, just take care of your most important tasks and then go home.
I also use aromatherapy oils in the diffuser by my bed. My favorites are DoTerra On Guard and Breathe. I feel like they help to support my immune system. Epson salt baths are very good for sore muscles and achy muscles when you’re sick. Let your kids watch movies, or do whatever it takes to get your rest.
I find that when I do get sick, it’s when I have let some of my self-care slide such as being overly busy, skipping healthy food choices, not getting regular massage/acupuncture/chiropractic and not getting enough sleep. It is very tempting to just try to push through and carry on with your regular schedule even when you’re sick. We all want to do it all and accomplish our goals, but by resting and taking care of yourself you’ll be back at it faster and healthier and stronger!
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