Category Archives: overall wellbeing

Relieving Neck Tension

Posted by Linda

This is an old argument in the field of thinking about suffering, and its stupidity and lack of sophistication could be plumbed for centuries but suffice it to say that the existence of broccoli does not, in any way, affect the taste of chocolate.” ― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars.  May you savor whatever you eat from this summer’s abundance, including fair trade chocolate, and check out the following practice to see if it alleviates pain and/or increases your joy.

Self-Caring Tip

Rosemary’s Exercise for Head-Neck-Shoulder Alignment and Throat Relaxing

I learned this from Rosemary very many moons ago; she learned it from an opera singer. It has 5 steps to it, and is best done standing, but sitting is okay too.

1. Drop your head forward and down on your neck, then your neck forward and down toward your chest, the result being a curling of your head and neck.

2. Roll your shoulders forward and rotate your arms (that are hanging by your side) inward. –By now maybe you’re wondering, What the ???

3. Keeping your shoulders and arms as they are, bend your head back so you can see the ceiling. –and now you’re really wondering…

4. Keeping your head flopped back, and your arms rotated in, bring your shoulders up toward your ears.

5. This step is a two-fer: Roll your shoulders back and let them drop down to neutral (your arms will naturally de-rotate back to neutral), and at the same time, allow your head to drop forward toward neutral.

You’ll find that “neutral” for both head and shoulders is a bit different than you’re used to. Feel the changes. Take an easy breath or two and enjoy. Can be helpful to repeat 2 more times. Practice 1-4 x daily to create greater ease and balance through there.

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A LITTLE TIME AWAY FROM IT ALL

By Caroline

 

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How about a mini-vacation at home every day? It seems like everybody I spoke to has some sort of stress in life and need some time off, time away, or a chance to “chill out” alone. You can take some time off each and every day, you only need to plan it and make some space in your schedule for it. It is essential for your overall well-being. Asking yourself what you like best in vacation, helps you to find the things you like to see, do and have  at home to feel comfortable, happy and relaxed as well.

For me for example I like to see, coming in a hotel is: the nice little touches of having a cute prepared basket prepared with some samples of lotions and shampoos in the bathroom and the towels who are pretty and soft. I like to go swimming in the hotel pool, which is one of the sports I like best to relax.  I love walking and exploring the new area and then go shopping for some kind of small cute things. Looking for gifts for my friends to bring home is another favored thing for me to do. I love great parks, gardens, museums or art galleries. In general nature is the best for me to relax, go back to the hotel take a power nap and get ready for a good dinner with nice ambiance and a good conversation with a great friend.

You can make it a habit to schedule some of your own favored things to see and do in your own home and neighborhood. Sometimes we need to be creative and resourceful to make our daily life more fun, relaxed and exciting . The tourist offices I found, is a good way to get inspired to find new nice places to see and go in your own backyard…..try something new, explore and experiment what you like best to see, do and have and translate it on a smaller scale to live your own mini-vacation daily.

FRUIT AND FOLIAGE ARRANGEMENT

by Caroline

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COMBINING SEVERAL KINDS OF FOLIAGE, FLOWER AND

FRUIT WILL BRING A HINT OF NATURE INDOORS

  1. cut floral foam to fit in bowl, urn, basket or wide vase
  2. layer the urn, bowl, basket with a plastic base (cut open zip-top bag)
  3. Soak the foam in water and place on plastic
  4. Insert a stick into the base of each piece of fruit
  5. Insert stick with fruit in the foam
  6. Fill in open spaces with foliage and twigs and sticks
  7. Note: Group larger fruit first, and
  8. then nestle smaller pieces in the arrangement      Enjoy!