Take Care

Your family and business commitments make it difficult for YOU to be a priority. When you take the time to care for your health, you are not just investing in your personal well-being, but also the well-being of your business.

Your Body Does Not Lie

Clare Nlowe photosClare Barry, Avalon Laser Health

Have you seen photos of beautiful African women walking with a basket of goods balanced perfectly on their heads? Their elegance demonstrates the beauty of a balanced body in motion. Their posture is both functional and important.

Our bodies were designed to move. Today, we are sitting more, leaving us with compromised movement patterns. We can see the effects of living with restricted movement patterns in our bodies and in the increasing incidence of chronic pain conditions. For example, neck pain is often related to our computer and cellphone use.

Martha Graham, the mother of modern dance, once said, “The body does not lie.”

Our bodies tell our life story in the way we hold ourselves. Postural Analysis, the study and treatment of posture, focuses on reinforcing the motion which occurs when we are balanced side to side and front to back and have all the weight-baring joints transmit gravity uniformly throughout the person.

If you find yourself dealing with a persistent injury, consider having a full-body postural assessment that considers the natural movements of your body. Your body does not lie; the proof is in your posture.

Self-Care for Busy Women

Laura Nurse WebDr. Laura Nurse, Newfound Health

When stress or deadlines come knocking, busy women often ignore their own needs to work harder and faster.

It’s easy to see taking time for selfcare as akin to losing momentum, or being lazy and uncommitted to success. The compulsion for “just one more thing” is insidious.

Ask yourself, “When did I allow my commitment to success in business to trump success in living?”

You must shift toward preventative maintenance on your business’s most valuable piece of equipment: you.

Stop thinking as though you have a “personal” and “professional” life. It’s absurd! You have one life. It’s the one you are living. (And yes, the lines ARE blurry.)

If your life is not keeping you happy and feeling like a rock star, change is in order. While we may not all be living the life of our dreams, what I do know is that you are valuable enough to deserve the time to look after yourself. Once you do, you will feel a whole lot better.

Simply put, if you don’t look after yourself, you will lose momentum, and the reality, working hour after hour, leads to decreasing return on investment. It’s clearly not the way you want to run your business.

Take Care of Your Feet

Elizabeth Michelin

Elizabeth Michelin, Liddy’s Footcare & Services

My poor feet! How many times have you said that or heard someone say it?

You should love and care for your feet always. Looking after your feet means providing care, proper nourishment, frequent exercise, and regular check-ups.

An important step in caring for your feet is to choose proper footwear. Select your socks, shoes, boots, and other footwear carefully. Poorly fitting shoes and socks can give feet sores, calluses and blisters; they can also cost you in the long run.

  1. Wear shoes that give your feet good protection, support and comfort.
  2. Avoid going barefoot, even at the beach.
  3. Avoid high heels and pointed toes. Your feet don’t come to a point!
  4. Look in your shoes before you put them on to make sure there is nothing inside. Check for damaged lining, loose soles or heels, or broken laces.
  5. Avoid tight socks or stockings. It’s important to keep blood flowing to your feet. Tight clothing cuts off circulation as does crossing your legs.
  6. Remember cotton socks allow feet to breathe and absorb sweat.
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