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So this is perhaps an odd post but I've made the decision to come off social media.
Is this a crazy decision based on the fact that I am a small business and we are constantly told that we NEED to be on social media? I'm not sure but I'm giving it a go.
I often talk about not liking our reliance on social media and technology and I'm usually pretty negative about it. I have carried out some research (yes, the geeky psychologist side is coming through) and just don't think it's that great for us.
In line with my goal to make small changes that make me feel like I am following the values that I think are important I thought I had better give this a go...I'll keep you updated but here are some of the reasons:
1. I kind of like people - REAL people that I can interact with. Whilst I like to see what people are up to I do bemoan the lack of proper communication, both inside the home and outside.
2. It's bad for the brain. This is backed up by many studies but I know I can't concentrate easily when I've been flicking from one thing to the next without really paying attention.
3. I have seen quite a few physical issues caused by overuse of neck muscles (looking down) and the old scrolling down can lead to wrist pain.
4. I'd quite like to feel that the time I have is used INTENTIONALLY...how many hours have you lost to mindless drifting online?!
5. I don't want my kids to be on social media all the time. This is a big one and probably the real driver. It's not great for attention and I'm not sure the filters on life are helpful to those growing up. I know this is our life now but I for one want to cut down my reliance on it and be able to say it without feeling too hypocritical!
I'm not suggesting you guys do this and it may turn out to be hard - I'll let you know - but if you can't get hold of me in the usual way this is why (I haven't mass blocked you!)
I do still want to see you all and welcome new clients so feel free to share my email address and website details if you know someone who 'kneads' (haha) a massage or constantly complains of aches and pains.
Though I could be talking about your daily routine (and that may or may not be boring - perhaps worth thinking about too!) I'm talking about your stretching routine (erm, what stretching routine I hear you say..)
Stretching has a pretty bad rap if I am to believe a large percentage of those people I see on a regular basis. The number of times I hear people say 'Stretching is boring so I skip it' despite them knowing that it is great for injury prevention and overall physical (and sometimes mental) wellbeing.
And you know the worst thing? IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE DULL - I love stretching because you can mix it up and it makes you feel a whole lot better. I think a large issue is that people only know a few things to do to stretch and think you need to spend hours doing it or sit in a hall with people doing yoga but that is not the case. You can do a bit of fun stretching in your pyjamas with your favourite tunes blasting out if needs be and it can be a 5 minute routine or a few times a day quick fix if needed (or a longer session).
Myth number two is that you need to be flexible to do it - NOOOO - you can increase flexibility but it isn't about getting your leg over your head or being able to do the splits, it's about helping your body to work better and avoid getting in pain.
Dynamic stretching is more 'fun' than static stretching and the guys at www.gmb.io have some great ideas and guides that you might want to check out.
Yoga can be fun and there are loads of kinds (if you think it's all about easy stretching check out a hot yoga class!) but you can make up your own stretching plan by figuring out which areas you need to work on and having a bit of an internet browse for ideas and trying things out.
Stick mobility is an option that works well for some people too but it is worth trying to find a few ideas as this can really help you to feel the best you can with not much effort - you can find 10 minutes a day I reckon.
Let me know how you get on or ask me for some ideas on stretches you can do for your specific issues/niggles.