Hey, mountain yogis! Welcome back to another yoga flow where we’re getting all sorts of stretchy and feel good. You know those classes where you can just… ooze and feel yummy (if that’s a feeling).
There are usually a few times where we’re needing a feel good stretchy yoga flow – after sitting for far too long, when my body is too sore for it’s own good, or when I’m sick and need a bit of movement.
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Whenever cold season rolls around to Montana, I can tend to get hit hard by it. Apparently those germs do well in the cold!
If you’re someone that also gets hit by cold season, read below for my four tips for caring for yourself during sick-time.
Drink all the fluids! Of course this includes water, but I also like to include green tea and hot lemon water (like, a LOT of lemon) with honey. Staying properly hydrated will help your system flush all the nasty stuff out.
Now more than ever, eat your damn vegetables and fruit. Whenever I get sick, it’s usually after a time of not taking care of myself – which typically means I didn’t give my body the nutrients it needed. One of my favorite ways to do this is by making homemade green juice – celery, cucumber, apple, lemon and a huge knob of ginger. For me, green juice packs a the nutrient punch I usually need.
Unfortunately it takes me getting a rough bout of sickness to remember to be a healthy human, but that’s where our bodies are incredibly smart and tell us exactly what we need. Take the time to reset your diet.
It’s SO easy to sink into the couch when you’re down and out. I get it. I do it, too! And then I remind myself that our bodies are meant for movement – even when they’re sick. There’s no need to push it – just move. Take a few short walks with your dog or maybe do gentle yoga, to allow the body to feel good (or at least better).
And lastly, but the most important piece – REST! If you’re a busy-body like myself, know that your body needs rest when you’re under the weather, so give in to that. It’s okay!
I find that when I lean into resting and doing less, my sicknesses will typically lighten up quicker. Think of this time as a forced staycation. Go ahead and be gentle with yourself by moving lightly, feeding your body well, taking baths, reading, all the things.