Last week we learned about pulling our head back so that, from the side, the ear is In line with the shoulder. This week, notice how often the shoulders get pulled up to the ears in situations that you perceive as stressful ...rushing from errand to errand, running late, hearing about one more meeting to attend, worrying about your children's grades.
When the neck muscles (upper traps and levator scapula) crunch up to our ears during these stressful times, it can lead to tension headaches, neck pain, makes our neck and shoulders look like football players, and it can pull the arm bone (humerus) and shoulder blade (scapula) out of optimal alignment setting us up for shoulder pain & dysfunction. It also perpetuates the stress response in our body. Try this, gently lift your shoulders by your ears and notice how this feels physically and emotionally. Crunchy, right? Even breathing doesn't feel right. Now gently lower the shoulders down the back creating a log swan-like neck. How does that feel? Calm, cool, collected? Graceful and strong? Even the breath feels freer. Throughout the day, notice yourself without judgment throughout the day at perceived stresses like red lights, running late, etc. And choose to relax the shoulders down the neck and choose the positive thought on which to stay focused. "I may be running late, but I am alive and kicking strong!" or " This won't matter in 10 years so why let it age me now?"
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