Each month we feature a short editorial from one or more of our strategic partners containing useful information related to work and life.
This month our three health and fitness-related partners offer you important advice on staying healthy during the cold winter months while Sarah Furuya of Clever Rebels shares some tips for telling your story while listening to that voice in your head.
1) Furla Yoga -3 Minute Stress relief
During the holiday rush, take time for yourself. Tired after coming home from a day out? Try this little trick.
In your comfortable clothes, lie down in front of a wall or sofa, as close as you can. Put your legs straight up the wall, or drape your lower legs over the sofa. (If your legs bend when against the wall, scoot your hips away just a bit.) Let the hips rest on the floor, notice the width and length of your back, and surrender to gravity with eyes closed. Lie still for 3-5 minutes, focusing on the breath. To get up, first roll to one side and lie still for a moment, quietly, before sitting up
. You’ll be refreshed and relaxed in no time!
Before coming to the studio, check the schedule page at www.yoga.furla.co.jp for holiday classes and closings. Enjoy your holiday season, and we look forward to seeing you at the studio soon!
2) Elana Jade – Avoid Dry Dull Skin This Winter
Since your skin turns extra dry and damaged during winter, you also age faster during this season. The dry air can make fine lines on the face and neck more visible, and leave the skin rough, dull and flaky. In more advanced cases, fish net-like cracks resembling the fine fracture lines of cracked porcelain can occur. Water alone (especially hot water) can actually worsen the effects of dry skin by removing the skins natural protective oils. Add soap to the mix and these natural hydrating oils can be significantly depleted, which can cause premature aging.
To avoid dry/ damaged skin this winter try the following:
-Apply a good quality non-chemical oil-based moisturizer right after bathing and avoid using soap
-Increase the humidity level in the air of your home and workplaces by using a humidifier.
-Eat foods high in healthy fats & oils such as avocado, nuts and fish.
-If possible, avoid medications such as anti-acne treatments as they can cause considerable facial dryness in any season.
-Don’t forget the sunscreen!
Contact Elana Jade salon for more details!
3) Club 360: Health Tip. Bounce Back From Colds Quickly & Naturally
Before you head to your doctor for antibiotics, which can strip your body of good bacteria leaving you more vulnerable to illness, dry skin, and stomach problems, try these tips:
· Drinking plenty of water, juice, tea, clear soup or warm lemon water to loosen congestion and prevent dehydration.
· Eat a good amount of healthy, nutritious foods to boost your immune system.
· Stay warm and rested. You’ll be surprised what one day off work can do for your rebound potential. You can also try laying in a hot bath and breathing in the steam to de-clog your nasal passages.
· Gargle salty water. Add a half a teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water and gargle. It will relieve a sore, dry throat. Dispel germs quickly this winter and get the most out what this season has to offer like fresh mountain air and spending time with loved ones over the holidays!
Contact Club 360 for more details!
4) Sarah Furuya– Clever Rebels: Tips for Telling Your Story
“Everybody has stories. Stories can be as simple as a repeating thought. Like, I am self-sabotaging. Jane shouldn’t behave like that toward me. I could never be as successful as Joan. I don’t deserve it. My father makes me mad. People with money are greedy. Yuki is too pushy. Kana is too needy. People should recognise my efforts. People from Osaka are *fill in bank*. The British are so *Fill in blank*. I wish I hadn’t done *thing you did* in 1995. I’m a loser because I failed to get into medical school.These thoughts are generated by our own minds and may serve some useful purpose. They may also be self-limiting. But the can all be questioned with one simple question. Is it true?
For every thought you have, positive or negative, there is the possibility that that thought is not true. Imagine that? Imagine the possibility that a thought you have held for years may not be true? Or the freedom you may feel if you let go of that thought? Or changed it for another one? Or generated myriad alternative thoughts?
We get to choose how we tell our stories and questioning them, exploring them, and approaching them with an attitude of curiosity and exploration. Clever Rebels love this kind of exploration, this kind of possibility. They are curious and kind, especially to themselves. They are smart and rebellious and even like to rebel against their old thoughts and stories, take what’s good with them. Good for them and good for others. They are stylish and interesting as well as authentic and interested in others.
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