TAKING CARE OF ONESELF
Taking care of yourself physically and mentally helps you to cope with difficulties: “the culture of calm makes you less and less vulnerable to outside influences”, it has “a happy effect on health. “It has a beneficial effect on health. It has also a positive effect on the environment and society.
By instituting habits, we can prevent the impact of sedentary lifestyles and give ourselves the satisfaction of wellness.
Exercise at home
Only to the extent that official recommendations allow, short outings close to home can be used. Exercises can also be done indoors.
In the absence of symptoms of illness in the home and in people confined with us, in the strict respect of hygiene and social distancing (therefore also depending on the space and promiscuity), everyone can make gentle gymnastic movements or adapt their usual practices to the context, the benefits of which will continue to be felt. Hatha- Yoga, for example, practiced with common sense and according to the rules, promotes “nervous balance, the return to calm, self-conquest and lasting happiness. »
“Good breathing is the necessary condition for the harmonious functioning of the organs, the control of emotions, and general well-being. »
Let us recall here a basic technique of Pranayama (breath control) taken from Naturopathy and Yoga. Beneficial for all, it promotes inner peace.
Technique of Complete Deep Breathing
During the day, take frequent deep breaths. According to each person’s capacity, start with a few breaths and gradually increase until:
- 10 to 15 minutes in the morning when you wake up,
- 3 to 5 minutes at bedtime. In order to avoid an increase in energy that delays sleep, the evening session should be short.
Sitting, standing or lying down in a ventilated room, preferably facing north or east:
– Completely empty the lungs.
– Inspire: to lower the diaphragm and to inflate the abdomen hardly; to dilate the average part of the thorax, to draw aside the ribs without forcing, to bulge gradually without exaggerating.
– Exhale: lower the shoulders while gradually letting the ribs descend; contract the walls of the abdomen to finish breathing.
N.B.: inhalation and exhalation must be done slowly and progressively through the nose. During the exercise moderation should be the priority: one should not have the feeling of running out of air or of being hyperventilating for example. Complete breathing can be combined with the repetition of the OM sound.
Integrate bodily practices into one’s schedule.
A daily program – quite flexible of course – allows us to keep our bearings, to manage our life during confinement as best we can. It ensures that there is room for a variety of activities, protecting us from complacency which quickly degenerates into lassitude. Integrating bodily practices into one’s schedule ensures their continuity over time for our greater good. Let us keep in mind this encouragement: “Regularity in practice invigorates the will, increases dynamism and efficiency. »
At times when we need courage to persevere, let us remember that taking care of ourselves is taking care of others. And also… that “the body is the Temple of the Soul”.