At Roper PT, we know that many of our patients are continuing to adjust to social distancing, closures, and the disruption to routines. But as we have continued to stress, Roper PT is concerned with your overall wellness, which includes not only the physical, but the emotional and spiritual aspects of wellness. Finding ways to adjust to this new normal, while continuing to focus on our wellness is important and Roper PT is here to help!
Continue to be active!
If you are someone who never missed their weekly yoga classes, runs, bike rides, walks, etc. This is a great time to continue to do so! If you have been meaning to start a more consistent exercise practice, this is a great time to start! For one thing, exercise and immunity are strongly linked. Exercise causes a change in antibodies and white blood cells (WBC) and slows down the response of stress hormones. Serotonin, a natural mood stabilizer, is released after just 20 minutes of exercise!
Additionally, exercise encourages you to stay present, encouraging mindfulness during a stressful, uncertain time. Don’t believe me? Download a mindful app such as Calm or InSight or try doing tree pose or lunges while letting your mind wander…on second thought, don’t do that! We don’t want anyone getting hurt from falling over.
Another thing to keep in mind is that all bodies need some movement! Whether you decide to start with our Yoga Basics class on Wednesdays from 12-1 p.m. with Cay or walking around your neighborhood, finding a workout routine that you enjoy and that you will do consistently is important! If you are not sure where to start and are worried about past injuries or current aches and pains, please reach out to our PTs! We can help you get started.
Indulge in volunteering, projects, gardening, all those things you usually don’t have time for!
For a lot of us with busy lives, we may not typically have time to do jigsaw puzzles, craft, paint, bake, etc. Maybe you’ve been meaning to refinish a piece of furniture or take an online class. Maybe you want to try your hand at baking. Banana bread is the top searched recipe recently! And who hasn’t seen pictures of at least a few friends trying their hand at bread making on Instagram lately. Or maybe you are three seasons behind in a show you love and there are movies you’ve been meaning to watch.
All of us are dealing with in different ways and each of us would benefit from different things. Since alcohol sales are up 30%, I am sure some are indulging in wine more often. Be sure to enjoy in moderation! Because alcohol too has an effect on our overall immunity!
Social Distancing is for you and your family’s safety as well as the safety of your neighbors and community. While it may be uncomfortable to lose your “normal,” finding some silver linings and embracing adjustments can help. Having to be physically distanced from doesn’t mean that you have to be emotionally distanced from our friends and loved ones as well as things we love to do. Also, remember that during the 1918 Flu Pandemic, we did not have as many options to stay connected. So be sure to take advantage of things like video chats with family and friends and Zoom yoga classes until we get to gather together again! This too shall pass.
Contact Roper PT to talk to one of our PTs for questions, appointments, and classes! We are open and here for you during this time. Call us at (980)298-6706, Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and find us on Jane’s App