With the start of the New Year, we often find ourselves reflecting on the past year and looking forward to a fresh start. While we are always advocates of New Year’s resolutions that focus on being more active, making sleep a priority, and living a healthier lifestyle, we wanted to share a few other resolutions that can help you live well and improve your life in 2018.
Add one or all of these to your list this year and be on your way to a healthier, happier 2018.
- Get outside: Enjoy the outdoors. Studies continue to show the positive benefits of spending time outside. Go for daily walks in the morning or in the evening. Spend time by the ocean. Join a hiking group that meets on the weekends. Spending time outside can help you feel a heightened sense of well-being, relieve stress, and improve overall happiness.
- Make yourself a priority: Whether it’s daily, weekly, or monthly, make time to check-in with yourself. Take note of how you are feeling mentally, physically, and emotionally. Go to your favorite workout class each week, try a new recipe to cook with your family, or journal before bed each night. Do more of the things that will help you feel happy and relaxed.
- Travel more: The world is full of amazing cities and destinations to visit. Whether flying abroad or taking a road trip across country, make it a priority to travel this year, and when you do, travel pain-free using our wide selection of ergonomic neck and back supports.
- Be present: It’s easy to get caught up with future plans, to get sucked into articles on our phones or computers, or to hold on to something in the past that doesn’t bring you joy. This year, vow to be more present in your everyday life. Let’s put away our phones, unplug daily, and be more in the moment.
- Find what makes you happy: Instead of looking for ways to improve our lifestyle or health based on what we believe to be “the norm,” include things that truly make you happy. Go to the spa to relax or set aside some time for a much-needed massage. If you enjoy walking or hiking instead of yoga, add a weekly hike to your schedule instead of signing up for unlimited yoga classes. Set yourself up for success, rather than failure, by finding activities and nutrition plans that work best for you.
We hope you had a wonderful holiday season. Happy New Year from all of us at Relax The Back!
A new year is officially upon us and with that comes new goals and wishes for our health and happiness. Making time to relax and find relief in our busy lives should be a priority. Overtime, chronic stress can cause serious mental, physical, and emotional harm.
Irritability and anger due to stress can arise when dealing with everyday challenges such as traffic, work, bills, and family, to name a few. It can also lead to health concerns such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, or a lowered immune system.
This year, take control of your stress. Understand your personal limitations and be mindful of situations that make you feel overwhelmed.
We’ve put together this helpful infographic to provide tips on ways you can relieve stress, improve your mood, and improve your overall quality of life. In addition to our New Year’s resolutions for a stress-free year, these relief tips can help you relax and unwind throughout 2017.
Whether 2016 was your best year yet or one you are looking forward to putting behind you, we are days away from a fresh start. While we are always advocates of New Year’s resolutions that focus on being more active, eating better, and making sleep a priority, we wanted to share a few resolutions that can help you have a more relaxed and stress-free 2017.
Add these to your resolutions this year and vow to have a happier, stress-free year. Find more inspiration with our past resolutions for a healthier new year and resolutions for a pain-free new year.
- Make time for yourself: Whether it’s daily, weekly, or monthly, make time to check-in with yourself and do something for you. Go to your favorite workout class once a week, take nightly baths, journal before bed each night. Do more of the things that help you feel relaxed and happy.
- Get outside more: Enjoy the sunlight and outdoors. Bright, natural light is known to help relieve stress, depression, and improve overall happiness.
- Socialize: Close family and good friends can greatly improve quality of life. This year, improve on the relationships you already have, find new, healthy relationships, and let go of those that cause more frustration and stress than happiness.
- Tap into your creative side: Start a new hobby, write, draw, color, listen to, or even try composing, music. Having a hobby can help reduce stress relief by providing an outlet for mental stimulation. Trying new things is also a great way to find a new passion.
We hope everyone in our community had a wonderful holiday season. Happy New Year!
After the holidays and with the start of a New Year, we often find ourselves reflecting on the past year and looking forward to a fresh start. If taking better care of yourself and getting healthy are part of your plan, try these ways to help improve your health in 2016:
- Make realistic resolutions and goals: Strive for goals that are attainable. Instead of creating a long list of resolutions that exceed your current lifestyle, pick 2-3 goals that can be broken down into sub-goals. This will help you measure and achieve your resolutions. For instance, limit intake of foods you may enjoy but find less healthy, not completely avoiding it at first, and increasing weekly workouts to 1-2 additional days; eventually working up to daily workouts and elimination of all unhealthy foods in your diet.
- Make a plan: There’s still plenty of time to make goals and a plan for 2016 to improve your health. Sit down, write down your goals, and create a plan to work towards those in the New Year. Decide how you’ll handle temptations, as well as how you’ll reward yourself for making small victories. It’s important to not feel rushed or stressed when deciding on ways to improve your health. Your mindset should be clear and focused on improvement.
- Find what makes you happy: So often we pick ways to improve our lifestyles or our health based on what we believe to be “the norm”. Making the decision to improve your health should include things that truly make you happy. If you enjoy walking or hiking instead of yoga, add a weekly hike to your schedule instead of signing up for unlimited yoga classes. Go to the spa to relax or take time for regular massages. Find activities and nutrition plans that work for you. This way you’re setting yourself up for success, not failure.
- Improve Comfort: From the office to the bedroom, improving comfort will lead to improving your health and overall wellness. Reducing daily pain and discomforts can help you live a more comfortable and productive lifestyle. Visit your local Relax The Back location to speak with a trained specialist who can help you find product solutions for your specific needs. Whether you’re working in an office from 9-5, commuting for work, or having difficulty sleeping, we can help you improve your health and have your best year yet!
If most of this year was spent dealing with aches and pains, aim to make 2016 a pain-free and healthy year. Next to the common cold, back pain sends more people to the doctor than any other condition. Create attainable, realistic resolutions this year that focus on health and wellness.
Add one or all of these New Year’s resolutions to your list and vow to have a healthier year while managing your aches and pains.
- Create a healthy, ergonomic workspace: As a society, we’re spending more and more time at the office. This means we’re putting ourselves at risk for injury if our workspace isn’t spine-friendly. 33% of work-related injuries are caused by poor workstation setup. Shoulder, neck, and back pain can be avoided with a proper ergonomic workspace. Resolve to have pain-free and productive days by creating a space that allows for movement, comfort, and flexibility.
- Make Sleep a priority: Did you get enough sleep in 2015? Chronic sleep loss can lead to serious health risks. This year, create a sleep environment that promotes relaxation and comfort. Invest in a supportive mattress and pillow to ensure you’re getting the best night sleep possible. Mood, cardiovascular health, and personal performance can improve with adequate, quality sleep.
- Be active: Maintaining a consistent workout routine can help prevent injuries, protect your spine, and help you feel more energized and productive throughout the day. Add exercises to your routine that strengthen the abdominal muscles. These muscles help support and protect your spine.
- Stretch Daily: Adding daily stretching into your routine allows for increased flexibility in spinal muscles, muscle tension relief, and increased blood flow. Whether your practicing simple stretching exercises or using inversion therapy, you’ll feel the benefits in your day-to-day activities.
- Hydrate: As we know, water helps with digestion and concentration but staying hydrating is also incredibly important for spinal health, injury prevention, and muscle recovery. This year, aim to drink half of your body weight in ounces every day.
- Unplug daily: Spend 30 minutes, an hour, or all evening, without your cell phone or computer. Take this time to relax and rest your eyes (away from a screen) after a long day. Read a book, go for a walk, or take a bath. You’ll feel less stressed and more relaxed. Unplugging before bed can also help you have a better night’s rest.
When you look back on 2014, was part or most of the year spent dealing with aches and pains? Other than the common cold, back pain sends more people to the doctor than any other condition. Living with less pain can be an attainable goal. Add these resolutions for a pain-free year to your list and vow to have a healthier year while managing your pain.
- Make sleep a priority: Over time, lack of sleep can lead to serious health risks. Invest in a supportive pillow and mattress to help your body take full advantage of restorative sleep. Create a sleep environment that promotes comfort and relaxation to ensure the best night of sleep possible. Adequate, quality sleep helps improve mood and personal performance, cardiovascular health, and recovery time from injuries, to name a few positive effects.
- Be active: There are numerous exercises that can protect the spine in different ways. Maintaining a regular workout routine can help prevent future injuries while also helping you feel more productive and energized throughout the day. Focusing on exercises that strengthen the abdominal muscles will support and protect your spine. Cardio exercises will aid in losing weight that can drag down muscles, ligaments, and tendons in the lower back. Follow these tips to stay active throughout the day.
- Create a spine-healthy, ergonomic workspace: 33% of work-related injuries are caused by poor work station setup. Sitting for long periods of time takes a toll on our bodies. Back, neck, and shoulder pain can be avoided with a proper ergonomic workspace. Resolve to end these aches and pains by creating a space that allows for maximum flexibility, comfort, movement, and productivity.
- Stay hydrated: Water is vital when it comes to the spine. Over time, our spinal discs can shrink if they do not get enough water. This results in an increased likelihood of ruptures or bulges due to less “padding”. Staying hydrated will also help with concentration, digestion, and injury prevention.Aim to drink half of your body weight in ounces throughout the day. For example, if you weigh 130 lbs. aim to drink at least 65 oz. per day.
- Stress less: From anxiety, depression, physical pain, and chest pain, stress can present itself in many different ways. These tips to relax and de-stress can help reduce the negative effects stress has on the body and mind and improve your overall quality of life.
If last year was spent dealing with pains, aches, and discomforts, vow to make this year a healthier, pain-free year with these 6 resolutions.
- Resolve to listen to your body: No one knows your body or your discomforts more than you do. Be sure to listen to your body when it is giving you signs – take a break, change your eating or exercises habits, or make adjustments to your workspace or schedule.
- Resolve to be active: Maintaining a regular workout routine will not only help you feel more energized and productive throughout the day, it will also help prevent future injuries. There are different exercises that can be done to help different parts of the back and spine. While cardio aids in losing weight that would otherwise drag down tendons, muscles, and ligaments in the lower back, a strong core will help support and protect the spine.
- Resolve to make quality sleep a priority: Make sure you have a proper mattress and pillow to allow for a comfortable night’s rest as well as adequate support of the muscles and ligaments that support the spine. The positive effects of quality sleep include tissue repair and healing, reduced recovery time for injuries and improvements in mood and personal performance, to name a few.
- Resolve to evaluate your workspace: For desk job workers, back, neck, and shoulder pain may be caused by a poor ergonomic workstation. Resolve to put an end to these aches and pains by setting up your workstation accordingly. Follow this visual guide to office ergonomics to maximize comfort, movement, and productivity.
- Resolve to stretch: There are many benefits of daily stretching. This allows for flexibility in spinal muscles, helping ensure good posture and proper/normal alignment. Increased range of motion and flexibility help to prevent injuries from occurring. Stretching also relieves muscle tension, reduces fatigue and increases blood flow.
- Resolve to drink more water: Staying hydrated not only helps with digestion and concentration but it is also very important for muscle recovery, spinal health and injury prevention. Aim to drink half of your body weight in ounces throughout the day. For example, if you weigh 130 lbs. aim to drink at least 65 oz. per day.