No time to relax

8581034 - young woman reading a book lying in a hammockDo you find it hard to take time out of your schedule to do something fun for you? If so, you aren’t alone. Lots of people seem to have a hard time slowing down even for the really important stuff. Finding time for family and friends can be challenging. Finding time for you may simply seem, well, selfish. But time for yourself isn’t selfish. It is necessary. Taking time for yourself allows you to refresh your mind and your body.

While it is true that spending time with family and friends has health benefits, spending time alone is also beneficial to your well being. You need to find some time to do what you enjoy, whether it is reading a book, hiking a trail, or enjoying a relaxing spa day alone.

On the other hand, sometimes your special time might mean spending a day with a special someone, so carving out time for an activity with a friend or spouse—if that activity is something you really look forward to —counts as pampering for you. (Maybe a girls’ day for hair and nails or a duet massage with your significant other!)

But don’t skip time alone either.

What’s most important is that you do something that helps you relax. You’ll find that you have the energy to keep up with all your other responsibilities when you carve out a little time for yourself. In your busy life, you might think you don’t have time to relax. But it’s important to take time for yourself.

Sit up straight!

36346548_SStop right this minute, as you are reading this blog, and take stock of your posture. Are you slumped over at your desk? Are you lying on the sofa? Are you kicked back in your favorite chair? Are you on a bench in the park on your lunch break or walking down the sidewalk as you read?

No matter what you are doing as you read this, sitting, reclining or standing, your posture probably isn’t great. Really. Most of us do not hold our phones or other devices up so that we can look at them without slumping or tilting our heads forward. And have you thought about what that is doing to your neck and spine?

Many people already suffer from neck and back pain. It may be due to sitting for long periods of time at a desk, from heavy lifting or from repetitive movements at work. Whatever the cause, you don’t want to add to it while you’re catching up on the news or on what your friends are doing (or while you’re reading an awesome blog like this!). According to Kenneth K. Hansraj, the Chief of Spine Surgery at New York Spine Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine, the strain on your neck increases the more you tilt your head forward.

We’re ready to help relieve that pain! A massage by one of our great therapists can help reduce pain and leave you feeling relaxed. If the pain is more serious, book an appointment with our on-site chiropractor. In the meantime, limit the amount of time you look down at your phone. Periodically stretch your neck. And pay attention to your posture.