We all know that stress can lead to a busy mind and a sore body. Start 2019 off right and take care of yourself.
Most of my self-care rituals are aimed to help my back pain which started the day I was hit by a drunk driver. That same year I started working in a cubicle on a computer. I couldn't believe how tense my back became after sitting for long hours. It was so distracting and I couldn’t focus which was unproductive.
I didn't realize at the time that this tension would be with me for the rest of my life. I had to do something to manage this because I wasn't going to be popping pills every day. This was my journey to Nimbleback.
Learning how to manage my stress and pain in my 20’s has made me a happier and healthier person, that was 18 years ago. At the time, many people thought I was wasting my money on self-care but I knew it was needed, so the cost did not matter to me.
Here are a few tips for the 80% of Canadian’s that suffer from back tension throughout their day.
- Go see a Chiropractor or Physiotherapist
- Try Acupuncture
- Go for a deep tissue massage or a relaxation massage
- Start stretching or try Yoga
- Just breathe or try Meditation
If you have work benefits, your company may reimburse you for these services.
Try this side stretch to start your self-care. It's easy and feels great!
Tip: Remember to Breathe!
How to do a side stretch: Lean forward slightly to keep from "hunching" your back and shoulders. Keep your hips, shoulders, and ears in a straight up-and-down line. Raise your right arm overhead and bend your upper body to the left in a reaching motion. Keep your upper body facing straight ahead- don't twist it to the side while you bend.
When you stretch, make sure you breathe into your tense area's to help you release the tension.
Leave us a comment about what you do to avoid tension in your back throughout your day.