Moving the body is an important self-care practice. We love to take regular walks to breathe fresh air, even when it’s cold out, because it supports our immune system, and lifts our mood. A short brisk walk eases the nervous system into a more relaxed state — reducing stress and lowering your blood pressure.
Whether you are working at home or out and about these days, don’t forget to keep your body moving by building brief breaks into your work schedule. Even simply standing up and moving for 15 minutes can keep your body healthy — plus, it lifts your spirits and even helps you process information more efficiently.
When it comes to more extended workouts, walking, running or outdoor fitness classes when the weather allows can serve as your go-to activities even if the gym is still off-limits for many people. You can also experiment with the many at-home workouts including Yoga, Tai Chi and Qigong that you can find online or through workout apps. Did you know that even the act of scheduling time to exercise can be a form of self-care? You’re sending yourself the message that you matter, and you care about your health. Try recruiting a friend or neighbor to join you, to follow through, on your workouts. You’ll hold each other accountable and boost one another’s spirits. Being in community — in any way we can — is always nourishing and an essential piece of self-care.
At Bradbury Clinic we provide chiropractic care and acupuncture, as well as herbal medicines used in Chinese Medicine. Come and meet us at our clinic Saturdays 10:30 - 6:00, Mondays and Tuesdays 10:00 - 6:00: www.bradburyclinic.com