“I just relax my body, unscrunch my face, unclench my jaw, breath and smile, and that’s all I need to get the world in order again.” – Leo Babauta
Right now, wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, pause for a moment – just a moment. Close your eyes and do a body scan. You’re scanning for tension, stress, breath and heart rate, and body temperature. Where are your muscles tense? Are your shoulders raised? Drop them. Is your jaw clenched or are you holding your stomach? Release them. Is your breathing shallow or deep?
Let it all go. Uncross your legs, sit up straight, and take few slow, deep breaths – what I like to call the “Stop. Breathe. Relax. Repeat” (SBRR) Method. The chaos of the world can wait a few minutes. And sometimes, that chaos doesn’t seem so intense after a few cleansing breaths. Breathe in through your nose while counting slowly to 5, and out through your mouth while counting slowly to 5. What you’re doing right now is decreasing your heart rate, lowering your blood pressure, increasing circulation, quieting your mind, and improving your concentration. Pretty neat, right? You don’t need to sit cross-legged on the floor with a special mat in a formal yoga or meditation class to reap the benefits of a few deep breaths!
So often, especially when we run from activity to activity, we aren’t paying attention to what our bodies are telling us, and they are quite informative. Holding muscles tight and breathing shallowly for long periods of time can cause significant distress on our bodies and lead to physical and mental health problems. The good news is that being aware of, and connected to, our bodies is one simple way to care for ourselves in a hectic world. With some practice, we can become quite good at letting go. Learning to be more at peace throughout the day brings tremendous benefits that your body will thank you for. Try to build in just a few minutes of the SBRR method each day and take notice of any changes. Wishing you peace today, and every day!
Weekly Flu Report, December 19, 2014 posted on Dec 19
Rates of flu-like illness increased slightly over the past seven days in Massachusetts, as indicated in the latest weekly flu report. Flu season doesn’t tend to peak until later in February or even March – so there is still plenty of time to get vaccinated …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 19, 2014
Weekly Flu Report, December 12, 2014 posted on Dec 12
This week’s flu report shows a slight dip in rates of flu-like illness since last week’s report – which is entirely in keeping with the unpredictable nature of flu season. One thing we know for sure is that no matter what, the single best way to …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 12, 2014
Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, December 10, 2014 posted on Dec 10
The December monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured the consideration of one Determination of Need (DoN) request, two votes on final amendments to existing regulations, and an informational presentation to the Council on a key DPH community initiative. First, the Council took up …Continue Reading Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, December 10, 2014