Trying to stay good-natured is a challenge while you hurt!
Pain erodes your attitude; it’s difficult to ignore driving and nagging pain.
I too have some issues, so I’m sharing some of my personal strategies for dealing and alleviating the issue of sitting too long.
Do you sometimes feel that your head is too heavy and your neck is too tight to turn?
Remind your self to use your headrest and take advantage of the support. Here’s where a little “self-talk” comes in–be conscious of relaxing the neck muscles that you are not using when you rest your head against something.
In that moment, a release can make all the difference. Exhale the tension that has built up–really empty your lungs as you sit with your head agains the top of the couch or the backrest of your car–or wherever…
It only takes a few moments to change your situational discomfort. And the relief becomes worth the effort–believe me.
Don’t confuse stiffness with decrepitude. Turn on some music and dance a little–you’ll soon smooth out your moves and groove.
Just because we are stiff, does not necessarily mean that we are arthritic or “losing it”. When you move and stretch to music, you find a way to unlock those stiff, rigid muscles. Go ahead–try it–you’ll see.
Research shows that music stimulates motor cells (muscles) using a different part of the brain.
During WWI, patients who were shell-shocked and catatonic, began to move and even dance in ways the medical community would not say is possible when they heard familiar music.
Experiencing some polio-effects, I can relate. When I walk, I seem to have more power and movement possible when I’m grooving to my tunes.
I hesitate to write this post. As the Good Natured Traveler, I prefer to view the world through rose-colored glasses. I believe that most of the time, our expectations influence the events that we experience. Self-fulfilling prophecy.
But in light of the awful events that we have seen and heard around the world, it seems that bad things can happen. Bad things do sometimes happen.
“Every time you go somewhere, there’s a tragedy, it seems!”, my sister wrote following the Las Vegas, Canadian and French killings this past Autumn.
Is that true?