Lessons learned from a former insomniac

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“The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night’s sleep”

Matthew Walker, PhD

I love to sleep. In fact, whenever I plan a trip, I make sure there will be ample opportunity to get a good night’s sleep! When planning travel (pre-pandemic), I would read all the reviews to make sure my room was not near a bar or a noisy street. I wasn’t always this persnickety, but after suffering the debilitating effects of insomnia for many years, sleep has become a priority.

Most people go through a phase in life where they sleep poorly. Life circumstance, like the birth of child, a move, or caring for a sick family member, may force you to give up sleep to tend to your immediate responsibilities. In these cases, there is usually hope that sleep deprivation will end, eventually. …


Cold weather shouldn’t deter you from exercising.

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Me cross country skiing

The cold winter months can be a tough time of year if you love the outdoors, but don’t love how cold weather makes you feel. If you have osteoarthritis, you may think twice before exercising outside because you fear a flare-up. Joint pain can debilitate, and arthritic joints don’t always respond well to the cold. If you are proactive, you can stay fit and ease the pain of arthritis so you enjoy the cold weather, not dread it.

The simplest way to relieve joint pain may be counterintuitive. Arthritic pain is best managed by activity. Movement increases circulation in and around the joint, reducing inflammation and pain. When you move, you recruit muscles, redistribute stress, and reduce tension in muscles which become tighter and stiffer with pain. You can do most of the activities you would do if you didn’t have arthritis (unless you’re a hard-core mogul skier), just with a little more TLC (tender loving care). …


Before it controls you.

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Our nervous systems respond to what we read

Most of us try to take good care of our health. We limit processed food and eat fruits and vegetables because we know they are good for us. What about what we put into our minds? Shouldn’t we limit the junk we take in from the internet?

It’s been a rough year.

Many of us had to reorganize our lives to deal with our new reality in light of the pandemic. During the first lockdown, I was a victim of the rabbit hole called social media — clicking here, clicking there, watching a video, liking a post… There were some pretty funny posts out there — clips of people navigating their corporate and private lives in one household. …


Why I Choose To Walk Alone

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“The only way to understand a land is to walk it. The only way to drink in its real meaning is to keep it firmly beneath one’s feet… Only the walker can form the wider view” Sinclair McKay

I have always enjoyed walking

During the five years I lived in New York City, I covered almost every square inch of that city by foot. If the weather was bad, or I had far to go, I would take the subway or a bus which still required a bit of walking. For such a busy place, walking alone gave me a sense of solitude. When I moved to the suburbs and eventually to the country, I still used walking alone as my way to recharge. …


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Photo by Colton Miller from Unsplash.com

Do you remember when being over 70 years was considered old? Now, it’s not necessarily the case. Statistics show that one in seven women and one in twelve men will live to celebrate their 100th birthday. Instead of shopping for canes, people in their 70’s are running for President. In fact, people in their 70s are running marathons! People are skiing into their 80s, and jumping out of planes in their 90s. Seriously. Because we are living longer, it is even more important to take care of our bodies.

We have made tremendous medical advancements in replacing or rejuvenating body parts that age and no longer function well. Most joints in the body can be replaced by artificial joints that enable us to move with more ease and less pain. We can inject steroids, botox, stem cells and plasma into tissue to halt or facilitate natural processes. These advancements help us to stay active longer, move more fluidly and in some cases, avoid surgery. …

About

Christine Carr

I am a physical therapist by trade, a yoga therapist by desire and a human by default. I write about what interests me: the body, yoga, and life.

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