Welcome to Week 1 of the ‘March is for Me’ series. A series bringing you 5 blog posts across each Wednesday of the month. The aim is to spend an entire month focusing on ourselves with self-love, self-care and positivity. Today’s post is brought to you by myself and the rest of the month’s posts are kindly written by fellow bloggers.
Ways to Help Your Physical Health During the Day
Desk Stretches aka Deskercise
Since the dawn of working and studying from home arrived with the start of the Covid pandemic, many of us spend a considerable amount of time sitting in the same spot. This is a recipe for disaster for our poor bodies if we don’t keep it moving! Desk stretches are such a simple, but effective way of looking after your body during the day.
Sitting in one place can induce aches and pains for us all, but moving your body each hour for a few minutes can help to avoid neck and shoulder pain, lower back pain, and even prevent musculoskeletal disorders. As seen on Healthline and Bupa, here are a few simple stretches to get you started:
- Keep your feet on the floor facing forward, resting one arm on the back of your chair and one arm on your knee. Twist your upper body in the direction of your arm that’s resting on the chair. Hold for up to 30 seconds and repeat each side.
Leg and Knee
- Keep seated, stretch one leg out at a time and try and touch your toes. Hold for up to 30 seconds and repeat each side.
- Slowly roll your neck to one side for 10 seconds, then roll slowly roll in the opposite direction for 10 seconds.
Draining Lymph nodes in our faces
Lymph nodes are clusters of cells and are located throughout the body, and are responsible for draining excess fluids. You may notice that when you’re ill i.e. with the flu – your glands are swollen on your neck below your ears. This is because the lymph nodes swell in response to you being ill or stressed.
A lymphatic draining massage can be done at home. Abigail James, a skin and wellness expert states:
“We have 42 muscles on the face, all working hard to make expressions, hold stress and show emotion so the benefits of massaging our faces are plentiful. Boosting circulation, bringing fresh nutrients through blood flow to the skin, supporting healthy cell production, as well as taking a little moment for yourself, are all major benefits.”
Tools can be used such as Jade rollers and Gua Sha stones, but clean hands work just as well. Remember to make very light, gentle movements. These massages can be done at the end of your skincare routine using a rich moisturiser or oil. Click here to watch a brilliant tutorial on exactly how to do it.
Food and Drink to help you feel your best
I’ve done my best to make this list accessible and affordable for people. They are items you can add to your food shop and use in many different ways.
- Peppermint tea to aid digestion
- Oily fish as a source of omega-3
- Water for hydration
- Eggs as a source of protein
- Broccoli as a source of fibe, vitamin CC and even folic acid
- Dark chocolate (70%+) is a rich source of antioxidants
- Oatmeal to lower cholesterol and it keep things moving
- Apples to promote blood flow
- Green tea for better metabolism and for inflammation
- Carrots as a source of vitamins and minerals
So there are just 3 ways you can help your physical health throughout the day; both inside and out. Keeping our minds and bodies healthy is so important, so I do hope you find these points helpful. Thank you for reading this week’s installment, click here to read Kimberly Redway’s experience with meditation in week 2.
Until next time,