Thoughts of an isolated summer are cringe-worthy, but that’s no reason to forgo the season’s invigorating spirit.
Now is the time to nourish your existing passions and explore new ones – to refine good habits, remove bad habits, and integrate new habits. Use the spring energy to fuel your thoughts and actions.
For the full effect of renewal and refreshment, however, go upside down, literally and metaphorically. By inverting your inner and outer worlds, you flip your perspective. You may notice how previously bothersome scuffs on your dresser now resemble a funny face.
Assisted inversion (with the help of a specialized chair or table) can temporarily relieves back pain, sciatica, and scoliosis. Natural inversion, or standing on your head (the yoga pose), strengthens and tones your core, shoulders, and arms. Both carry the seeds of lasting benefit. If you’d like to try this exercise and have never done it before, it’s crucial to consult with a professional.
Literally, being upside is amusing and steals the attention at any party. Metaphorically, mirroring your thinking delivers the potential of approaching old problems and opportunities with a renewed perspective.
Yoga creates a positive feedback loop of physical and psychological enhancement by improving sleep quality and decreasing anxiety. The higher your sleep quality, the less anxious you’ll feel, and the less anxious you feel, the better you’ll sleep! To double these positive effects, try lowering your daily intake of sugar and caffeine.
In times when healthcare is a priority (which it always should be, in my opinion), we must do all we can to keep our immune systems robust – that is the bottom line of self-care. Self-care can mean extra hygiene and precaution and seeking medical and naturopathic support, but it’s also as simple as stretching for five minutes in the morning.
Self-care makes preexisting health conditions easier to manage and plays a role in protecting you from you developing new ailments. COVID-19 is a serious infection, making every action taken in defence of our health is the action that keeps us strong.
Disclaimer: Inversion is NOT safe if you have high blood pressure, a heart condition, glaucoma, back or leg fractures, osteoporosis, and other conditions. Headstands also pose a risk to your neck if done improperly. The information presented above is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice.