Ever felt guilty for resting?

Me, too! In fact, this is very difficult for me to do. Partly why I like to talk and write about self-care and me-time so much is that I need the constant reminder that it’s ok to rest. I need the reminder that it’s actually good for me. If you feel the same, we are not alone. Our society has a huge productivity bias. We are rewarded for being busy and doing all the things. We’ve been instilled with this sense of obligation that makes us feel lazy if we dare to take a break…

When I was a kid, I used to love doing handstands. I did handstands for fun all the time. Sometimes at school in gym class or at recess. Sometimes at home in the house. Often outside in the yard. I loved the feeling of being upside down. I loved the movement and the odd feeling of freedom it seemed to bring. I think of my 10-year-old self — peak handstand age for me — almost in awe of the feeling of blood rushing to the head and back down. As a teenager, handstands were rarer, and more about the accomplishment…

Chair Yoga
Chair Yoga

I was fortunate the first time I experienced the pain of sciatica — my husband had already gone through it before me. Thanks to his pain (sorry honey), I knew immediately what was going on and I also had some strategies to help ease the pain. Sometimes sciatica is a minor annoying discomfort. Other times, however, it can cause serious pain. I felt like I could barely move the first time I felt it.

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Your sciatic nerve starts in the low back and runs deep through the buttocks and thighs and along the side of the legs. Sciatica can be…

If you’re finding yourself sitting a lot lately, you might also have some low back pain creeping in. This is a common complaint right now, especially as we are likely hunched over the keyboard or a phone for more than we’d like to admit (hand raised!). With lots of people working from home now, this is becoming even more true. I started using an app that tells me how much time I spend on my phone each day and yikes was that ever enlightening. While the phone is most associated with neck and shoulder pain, sitting and scrolling on whichever…

The neck and shoulder area is a common area to hold stress, tension, and pain. I still remember the first time I experienced muscle spasms in my shoulders. It was so bad that I went to the doctor. I thought something really serious MUST be wrong! The pain was so intense I felt like I couldn’t get out of bed or move around. I literally laid on my back for hours trying to ease the pain. The doctor told me I had an inflamed muscle. I couldn’t believe it. All this pain and I didn’t need surgery?! Yep. …

Stress made it so I could barely walk some days.

My muscles would ache even when I hadn’t worked out. I would fall asleep at 7:00 p.m. and was on a repeat burn-out cycle in which I would get so stressed that it would take me weeks to recover. As it is with most of us, I do not have weeks to recover. And frankly, that’s just not how I want to live.

I decided I needed to pay attention to the signs of stress before they got so out of control that I could not function. I started noticing the times and situations in which I’d start to get…

Chances are that you’ve heard that meditation is good for you. Everyone from Oprah to Russell Brand have talked about the benefits of their meditation practice. Maybe you’re wondering how and why to start. Meditation is an ancient practice that sometimes gets a bad rap for being too “boho” or out there, or just for the flower children among us. However, you don’t need a Maharishi to get started. I’ve been meditating for almost 30 years and I’ve tried a few different methods along the way. There’s one thing I’ve noticed — whenever I have a regular, daily (even short)…

Overwhelmed, sleep deprived, and burned out? With hectic schedules, pressure to check things off a never-ending to-do list, and the belief that we must put our own self care last on that list it’s no wonder we get to feeling so stressed. Fortunately, there are breathing exercises that can help calm your mind and body, reduce anxiety, activate your brain’s “rest and digest” mode and help relieve stress and anxiety. Here are 3 ways you can work with your breath to feel more peaceful in just 10 minutes or less.

Sara Addington

Sara Addington is a yoga teacher passionate about helping people reduce anxiety produced tension and pain and move toward a pain free life.

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