Happy New Year to you! Here’s wishing you an amazing and prosperous 2019. To kick start our Blogs this year I can think of no better way than some helpful motivational chat to empower you to make your life better. We’re going to share with you some of our most powerful tools and advice that benefit so many of our happy customers. So you can feel happier, have more energy and inspire yourself to make the best of what you have.
1. Take Up Yoga
Even if you can’t do a class there’s a great site called DoYogaWithMe.com where you can pick exactly the type of yoga work out you want. You can pick the amount of time you’d like, your ability level and the style you want (yin, yang, hatha, ashtanga, vinyasa among others) and away you go.
Why should you do Yoga? Firstly it gives us all a chance to stop, slow down and take stock. Modern life is hectic. Few of us take time out to truly relax and actually feel what is going on in our bodies. A yoga class gives us time to do exactly that.
Secondly it helps reach parts other exercises can’t reach. Those of you who have been in for treatment know how we pride ourselves on putting the puzzle of the body together. We get very excited about the lesser known connections in the body which enable us to fix, for example, knees by treating your neck or your stomach. But the body is even more complex than that. There are areas we simply cannot get to. There are connections it’s simply not possible to assess. Yoga gets you moving and stretching everything and in so doing you feel better movement and freer in areas other than the ones that you stretch.
Thirdly, and I’ll stop at three so as not to get carried away, breathing. We all know yoga has the reputation for focusing on the importance of breath work. Many people associate this as being hippy nonsense. But there is an increasing body of evidence to suggest that these hippies knew what they were talking about…
2. Do Some Breathing
It just works. It really does. Feeling tired and lethargic, do some breathing. Feeling stressed out, do some breathing. Problems sleeping, do some breathing. For brevity in this article take my word for it. If you’d like more detailed reasons why check out our Blog post: Does Relaxation Breathing Really Ease Pain And Improve Your Mood?
It relaxes us, it calms us down, it reduces your sensitivity and increases your awareness of your body. Before you say “But I breathe all day long!” well yes of course you do. But are you truly using your diaphragm to give you an immense sense of relaxation and calmness? Or are you shallow breathing to get you through your day in a constant state of fight or flight? It’s ok to be in fight or flight. It’s a good thing we can go there to help us respond to the world around. But we all need more times where we truly switch off… and that doesn’t mean watching rubbish on TV!
If you want more details on how to do the relaxation breathing check the breathing article we mentioned. Then make breathing part of your routine. This should be a specific exercise in itself. It’s great as part of yoga but we want breathing in isolation to be part of your daily routine. Pick two times in a day that will work best for you from the following list:
- When you wake up
- After the kids have gone to school
- In a sneaky office at work with the door locked so you wan’t be disturbed
- During your lunch break
- When you get home from work
- When the kids have gone to bed
- Just before you go to sleep
Start with 5 minutes. You may feel a little dizzy initially as you’re not used to all that oxygen. If you feel ok quickly increase to 10 minutes, 15 minutes and beyond. Whatever you have time for. Even if you only have 2 minutes it’s better than not doing it and it keeps you in that healthy routine.
Oxygen powers our muscles. You want more energy? Get more oxygen!
3. Exercise Appropriately
This is an expression I coined in our 12 Tips Of Christmas Blog. I’m sure there are lots of you out there who beat yourselves up for not doing enough exercise. You’re probably the type who signs up for the gym in January. You’ll go at it like a lunatic for maybe a week or two, end up hating it and cancel your membership by February. If you don’t do much exercise increase it gradually. Pick an exercise that you enjoy. Or at worst can tolerate. Decide what is a sustainable amount of time to dedicate to your chosen exercise. And just do it. If you start with unrealistic goals you will fail. It’s ok not to be an Olympian. If you try too hard… we’ll see you in February when you’re broken!
Exercise appropriately is also a lesson for the active types too. Perhaps you’ve always done a specific sport. Perhaps you’re quite good at it. Or maybe you do exercise to keep yourself sane… maybe that means you have to do a lot of exercise! You might want to get better at your favourite sport… but there are only some many hours you can dedicate to a specific sport in a week. Perhaps you need to train smarter not harder. Maybe look and reducing the duration of your exercise and increasing the intensity. Maybe look at some mobility work. Or if you’re super mobile, maybe some strengthening. N.B. most of us need to work on mobility!
Maybe you need to look at the real reason why you feel the need to exercise so much…
4. Sort Your Stuff Out
It truly is the definition of stupidity to do the same thing over and over and expect different results. This year will be different. I’ll keep to my New Years Resolution. I’ll be a better person. This never happens! We always tend back to our default behaviours. The only true way to change is to understand the origins of your behaviour. Then make peace with it and move on.
There’s a whole plethora of self help books which will help you with whatever you think your greatest issue may be. Let’s face it. We’ve all got some baggage. When we clear that baggage we are in a better position to change our behaviours. The best way to do that is to get some help. You know the level of your own issues. Who would be best suited to help you? Psychiatrist, psychotherapist, counsellor, life coach? It doesn’t really matter so long as you get on with the person you’re seeing and trust them to guide you through. If it’s not working? Try something different.
A simple process yes. An easy process no. But hugely rewarding and life changing. When we feel good emotionally. We feel good physically. And of course vice-versa.
5. Get Some Perspective
Ok so point 4 was a big one. It’s easy to get bogged down in what you’re trying to achieve in life. Whether that’s sorting your stuff out, growing a business, feeding a family. It’s easy to take our eye of the ball. Don’t forget we only get one go at life. It’s so important to enjoy the moments along the way. If we’re too busy and focused on the end result we forget to notice all the nice things along the way.
What happens if those emails don’t get done? What happens if you don’t do the washing up? What happens if you don’t run as fast as you want to? Chances are no one dies. So take some pressure off yourself. Spend some of that time with family or friends and enjoy that. Or even spend that time with yourself. Regroup, take time to relax, be in nature or simply just be.
There you have it. Our 5 Simple Steps to help you feel a whole lot better in 2019. They are simple but not necessarily easy. But absolutely worth it. If you need some help in changing in anyway whether that is physical or emotional give us a call. If your issues are mostly physical we’re the people for you. If they’re mostly emotional we can you put you in touch with some amazing therapists. And if it’s a bit of both we’ll work out the best way forwards for you into 2019. Have a great year all!
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