When Comfort Is Uncomfortable: You Need Natural Movement
You need natural movement when you are uncomfortable. There are many reasons why you may feel uncomfortable while exercising. These include: – Your body temperature drops down to dangerous levels (hypothermia) – You have a bad back or knees – You have an injury and your muscles don’t work properly anymore (sprains, strains, etc. ) – You have a cold or flu – You are tired because of other activities (sports, work, school) – You want to sleep (sleep deprivation) – You are stressed out due to life’s circumstances (stressful life events) If any one of these situations applies to you, then it means that you need natural movement.
Here is how you can get comfortable with exercise:
1. Do not try too hard.
2. Take breaks every now and then during the workout.
3. Try to do some stretching exercises after each set.
4. Keep a log of your workouts so you can see if you’re getting better at the exercise or not.
5. Be aware of your breathing patterns and take time to relax yourself before starting another set.
6. Avoid doing too much jumping around during the workout, especially when you are working up a sweat!
7. Have fun!
Remember that the most important thing is that you find something that you enjoy doing. When your exercise feels like a chore, then it’s time to try something else.
You should have a good idea of why you need natural movement now. If the discomfort you feel when working out is too hard on your body or mind, then consider doing a different form of exercise. Find what works for you and stick with it. In addition, keep a positive attitude and everything will fall into place.
Take care and be sure to listen to your body, it will thank you for it!
Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light. – Albus Dumbledore
When I was young, I saw a rabbit caught in a trap. My uncle took out his knife and killed it quickly. I didn’t understand why he did it at the time. Now that I’m older, I know that it must have been painful for the rabbit.
It was easier for it to just die than to live life as an injured wild rabbit without the use of its leg. My point is, sometimes it’s better to just end the suffering.
Why Take the Pain?
I don’t know how many of you reading this have had experience with chronic pain. My guess is some of you have. If you haven’t then I hope that you never do. However, if the day comes when you can no longer walk a flight of stairs without stopping to catch your breath or when a little bit of snowfall results in you getting hit by a car, then it may be time to consider having your legs or arms removed, respectively. If you have experienced it, then you know that chronic pain affects every part of your life, even your personality. Before I got sick I was a happy guy who loved life. Now most days I just want to end it.
I’m in the latter group. My days are filled with pain and longing for death. My friends and relatives avoid me because they don’t know what to say or do to help. They see me as a burden.
I am a burden. Lying in bed all day can really make you think about your life and if it’s really worth living.
I could fill several books with the amount of thoughts I have had about suicide. It’s like an addiction. Every few hours I get a craving for it. I try to fight it by filling my time with other activities.
Still, the thoughts never go away.
One thing that does help is exercise. Not just physical exercise, but mental as well. When I think about it, I have a lot to live for. I have an awesome girlfriend who loves and cares for me.
She brings me food, washes my clothes, and gives me the emotional support to continue on. I have a younger sister who is going to college. She might have a chance at a better life because of her opportunities. It would be selfish of me to leave her. Then there is my mother. She has already lost one son. It would crush her if she lost me as well.
And then there is you. Somehow you have managed to read this far into my story. Maybe you were bored, but for some reason you felt compelled to read on. I’m not sure who you are, but if it is some small consolation, you are helping me fulfill my quest of spreading awareness of EDS and EDN.
I’m not asking you to donate money to help find a cure or even to spread the word. (Though if you want to do that, I won’t stop you.) All I’m asking is that you take whatever you have taken from my story and use it to help someone else in some way. If one person reads this who knows someone else with EDS or EDN, then the time I spent writing this will have been worth it.
So what is it going to be? Are you going to continue to just read this as just another story? Or will you take action and help someone in need?
It’s up to you. I’ve done all that I can.
I hope you make the right decision.
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Thermal comfort in naturally ventilated buildings: revisions to ASHRAE Standard 55 by RJ De Dear, GS Brager – Energy and buildings, 2002 – Elsevier
Natural energy and vernacular architecture by H Fathy – 1986 – osti.gov