How are you feeling as 2017 begins?
I have been asking my yoga students that question a great deal this month. It seems that many people are facing health challenges as the New Year dawns. If you are like me and are sensitive to world events, pollution, food, etc– you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed and for most of us, our health is a barometer of our emotions and the world around us.
So here are a few ways I am dealing with stress-related issues such as fatigue, muscle aches, poor digestion and difficultly sleeping.
Instead of ramping it up during the day, I am slowing down.
I have been taking naps
I have been taking frequent short walks in nature
I have been shifting my yoga practice to a restorative and yin practice
I am not drinking tap water (too much chlorination and fluoridation). Spring water is a better choice according to my Chinese Medicine Doctor.
I am snacking on seaweed. (a source of iodine, since so many of our natural sources are depleted)
I am drinking bone broth.
I am making my own foods with organic vegetables as much as possible.
I am using essential oils. In fact, I made a mixture of coconut oil and oregano and applied it to my feet and my lower back started feeling better.
I am turning off the TV and going to bed early.
I am focusing on what is right in my body and my world and shutting out negativity.
When I feel stronger and can deal with the crazy world again, I will emerge a stronger, more centered self. I hope this helps any of you who feel similarly.
Here is the thing. As Danna Faulds says in one of my favorite poems of hers. Let it all go. “Save your strength to swim with the tide. The choice to fight what is here before you now will only result in struggle, fear, and desperate attempts to flee from the very energy you long for. Let go.”
I wish you health and joy in your day. Namaste, Andrea
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