Have you ever started off strong with trucking through your to-do list – til your onto-it feeling seems to vaporize? Maybe it’s after an hour or so.
Maybe it’s less.
I’ve definitely been-there with feeling toasted and quickly drained, which can get me off course and usually off down a rabbit hole.
Sometimes it’s from allowing myself to do distracted. Other times it might be muscle fatigue and neck tension, or even eye strain from forgetting my posture.
So, when this happens, I’ve learned to use a key to tuning back in and turning on my focus tap.
And this is what exactly?!
It’s stretching, and it’s a game-changer. 1 (If you’d like to try the stretches I’m talking about, which take about 3-4 minutes, just click here )
You might be wondering if it’s worth it.
Don’t take my word for it – check out some of these top benefits:
- Can help to create clarity and self-awareness, which can be the seeds of long-lasting change – for the better
- Found to specifically increase the blood flow to our muscles and our brains
- Can prompt the release of hormones that lift our mood and manage stress and resilience
- Help to increase our flexibility and ideal posture
Stretching is really where the rubber meets the road when we need to tap back into our focus.
Have a go at the stretches in that link (here it is again) And if this has been useful for you – please do pay it forward… we never know who might benefit 😊
Please keep sharing your sunshine till I see you on this week’s #AliveWithFi 😊
1 Stretching can help keep our “muscles flexible, strong, and healthy, and we need that flexibility to maintain a range of motion in our joints. Without it, the muscles shorten and become tight. Then, when you call on the muscles for activity, they are weak and unable to extend all the way. That puts you at risk for joint pain, strains, and muscle damage.”
According David Nolan, a physical therapist at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital, we can benefit immensely from daily stretching.
“The Importance of Stretching”
Harvard Health Letter (2019).
Fi Jamieson-Folland D.O., I.N.H.C., is The LifeStyle Aligner, with over 27 years experience in Europe, Asia and New Zealand as a qualified Osteopath, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, educator, writer, certified raw vegan gluten-free chef, speaker, health mentor and Health Brand Ambassador.