What to do when we’re not feeling well
We are what we eat
Last week over on the Journal, we talked about chakras and how to clear them. When we’re ill, especially with a virus, our heart and throat chakras can feel out of sync or clogged up. Eating lots of green foods, such as green veggies, can help to unblock our heart chakra, whereas our throat chakra is blue, so lots of blueberries, spirulina, and blackberries can help the discs of our throat chakra to start turning again.
Just as with any cold or flu, it's important to consume lots of hot drinks and liquids. When we’re feeling under the weather, ayurvedic principles can be a great source of inspiration and prevent the aggravation of our doshas. Adding ginger, cinnamon or turmeric to hot water, or stewing autumnal fruits with ayurvedic herbs such as liquorice root or cardamom, also can help to revive and nourish us from the inside. A hearty chicken soup never goes amiss either.
Tight, restrictive clothing isn’t going to make us feel good when we’re feeling off balance. Jeans in particular aren’t our friend when we’re suffering with aches, pains or the chills, but sometimes we still want to wear something that makes us feel ourself and stops us from succumbing to our sick bed.
Try luxury loungewear such as the M Life velvet top and lounge wear pants, and think of fabrics and details that help us to relax yet elevate our outfit when we’re feeling sorry for ourselves. Slouchy, comfortable tops with a cool cut such as our Nirvana slogan sweater or our Lotus t-shirt are perfect for when we’re unwell and low on energy, but don’t want to let it all go all together.
Stretch, stretch, stretch
We need to keep the blood flowing around our body and our oxygen levels up when we’re not feeling good, and it’s important not to let ourselves become too stiff or sore.
Poses and postures that help with healing include child’s pose, happy baby, spinx pose, supine twist, forward fold pose, seated forward bend, cat/cow pose and corpse pose (savasana). These poses ensure we stay supple even when we’re sick.