Write Your Way to Better Health
Health care professionals have long praised the benefits that keeping a journal has on one’s mental health. It’s an aid to self-development and self-awareness, as it records information about one’s innermost feelings and ideas. In addition, it can be helpful in keeping track of your health, including things like what triggers your migraine headaches, for example.
In fact, much has been written about the benefits of keeping a journal, including:
- Helps clarify goals and dreams
- Helps quiet the mind and allows you to focus
- Gives you “ME” time
- Lends a written account of where you are and where you’re going
Tight on time? You don’t need much to give journaling a try—aim for a few minutes each day and see how it makes you feel.
Relief from Neck Pain
Discomfort, soreness and stiffness can make it hard to turn your head and difficult to get comfortable while doing almost anything. To put it simply, neck pain can be a real pain in the neck! Even minor neck pain can affect your quality of life – but relief is available, and it doesn’t come from a bottle.
While most neck pain is related to emotional stress like worrying about a deadline, physical stress is also a contributing factor. Here are a few ways to reduce physical stress on your neck.
- Take frequent breaks from sitting in front of a computer. Keep your head aligned with your spine and relax your jaw—the same goes for when you’re texting.
- Sleeping on your stomach can stress your neck. Try a side or back position with a supportive neck pillow.
- Move. Shrug your shoulders up and down. Pull your shoulder blades together to prevent the neck from stiffening.
- Make regular chiropractic care a part of your routine.