Hang Around in a Hammock
Hanging around in a hammock is such a lovely way to spend a summer day. But did you know that there are actual health benefits to hammocks?
Hammocks are a perfect way to relieve pain in your lower back or neck. Lying in a hammock perpendicularly can help relieve some of the pressure that you might feel in your muscles. The hammock adjusts and molds to the weight and shape of the body perfectly, providing support to the body and relieving the pain in long-standing pressure points. The muscles of the body relax in the natural position of the hammock, allowing the body to relax and heal.
The Mayan Hammock is one of the most relaxing style. The hammocks originated in the Yucatan region of Mexico, a region know for its exquisite food, its rich history and pyramids, its temperate climate and its beautiful, gulf coast beaches. Today, Mayan Hammocks are made of nylon and cotton, but the original Mayan Hammocks were made of cotton, soon after the fiber was introduced to the region by the Spaniards.
The correct way to lie in a hammock is not end to end like a banana, but crosswise or at least at a 45 degree angle so that the hammock is spread out under you, supporting you, and allowing you to relax and get a boost for your natural health!
Groovin” on a Sunday afternoon.
Taking care of yourself.
These are the basics for your natural mental health. We all go through times of stress, anxiety, emotional upheaval. There’s no way to get away from it ever happening. But there are so many ways to take a break, take care of ourselves, stop the insanity!
Listen to this song and think about all the ways we can stop the stress:
Take a walk.
Take a nap.
Take a bath in lavender.
Drink some chamomile tea.
Close your eyes and watch your breath.
Breathe deeply and slowly.
Play with a little child – they will delight you and make you forget about your problems.
Watch a funny video.
Laugh out loud. Try laughter yoga.
Try yoga or Tai Chi or Chi Kung.
Dance naked in front of a mirror (or without the mirror)
Pet a dog or a cat.
Write down five things you are grateful for.
Listen to some more groovy, relaxing music. Here’s one of my favorite from Deva Premal and Mitten. Sit back, close your eyes, and enjoy a few minutes of quiet peace.
F is for furry Friendship
I housesit and pet sit a lot. I am honored and privileged to go into the homes of mostly strangers and be handed over the house, the keys and the precious dogs and cats that go along with them.
It’s an interesting experience to be left with total strangers – the dogs and the cats for me — and me for the dogs and the cats! It seems to work. I tell the owners, as they are standing at the door crying because they’re about to leave Muffin and Rover and go off and have a good time without them – I tell them that 5 minutes after they walk out the door, Twinkles and Spot are mine and we will all love each other while you are gone! And love you when you return!!!!
Pets are all the spa treatments and aromatherapy oils and massages and facials rolled into one big ball of fur. Pets are total and unconditional love, and as long as you feed them (very important!) and treat them relatively well, they are all hugs and kisses and all over you!
To be naturally beautiful women, we need to become like our pets, and learn to just relax and let ourselves be loved. We don’t all have a human person to make us feel loved, but most of us have a 4-legged one (even me, temporarily) who will just show us the lesson of love and ask nothing in return but food and attention and just maybe, a hug or two – why not?
I’m surrounded now by naturally beautiful pets – and we are all looking at each calmly, relaxed, feeling good and warm and cozy – Indiana, Max, Diego, Maya, and Montana and Sophie! F is for a Fuzzy Furball of Faithfulness and Fellowship!