In today’s modern world there is an app for almost every situation. If something is wrong or needs improvement, we can pull out our iPhone and search for the right app. However, when it comes to our physical well-being, what we truly need is a physical adaptation to change the course of how we do things not just at home but at work as well.
I think anyone reading this can agree that a big part of our culture comes from movement (or lack thereof). Many various illnesses and dis-eases can be linked back to how we live in our physical bodies. Much like house maintenance, the longer you neglect your body, the more damaged the structure becomes. Then, those once small issues become much larger.
I often get asked questions about how to get rid of pain or reduce symptoms. The way I translate those questions is “give me something to fix my problem.”
What if there isn’t a magic pill to heal your back pain, or improve your core? Instead, maybe you should start with awareness of how you move (or don’t move) in this world. Think about the environment that you put yourself in day after day. Should you consider a change in that environment to prevent that “house” of yours from really beginning to fall apart?
I may teach yoga and fitness, but one thing I highly stress is to ask yourself the following questions: How can we take these movements into our everyday lives? How can we transform our day-to-day lives so that we can increase our overall well-being? Bowman has dedicated her life purpose to just that! And talks about the importance of “switching” out movements in your daily life in her book “Don’t Just Sit There”.
Decreasing dis-ease is about increasing our well-being, and the best way to do that is by evaluating our environment.
Take a look around you. Does your environment (work or play) promote a sense of ease, reduced stress, fluid movement, and natural living?
Consider how much natural light you are receiving into your work-space or home. Increasing natural lighting can boost serotonin, which can increase our alertness and better our mood.
Work to decrease clutter in your works-pace and home. Physical clutter is easily transferable to both the feeling and experience of mental clutter. Having more fluidness in your work-space will easily affect work output.
Evaluate if your work-space or overall environment promotes a lifestyle that encourages movement, or if it entices a sedentary lifestyle.
I have dramatically reduced eye strain and the feeling of tiredness by not having the lights on in my office and by keeping the shades open during office hours.
By taking the time to let go of possessions that no longer serve me, I have physically and energetically made room for the newness I am working towards.
Finally, I have begun re-evaluating my work-space and home life, and investing in my family’s health on the front end. This has included creating standing work-spaces, using functional chairs (like the Move), breaking stereotypes at the dinner table by enlisting our family in picnic style dinners on the floor, and even by walking lunches. All of these creative and healthy choices have helped me to promote movement and a more fluid lifestyle for each of my family members.
Some of these changes costed me and my family very little, and others a bit more, but what I have essentially done is flipped where I spend my money. I am no longer dumping my hard-earned cash into constant visits to the chiropractor or massage therapists. My overall total daily movement has dramatically increased, which has also reduced my stiffness, back and neck pain. As a bonus, I mentally feel better.
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