E.J. is a body-centered psychotherapist, specialising in the the mind/body connection to health and wellbeing.
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My wife and I take a bath together each morning. .....No, it is not what are you thinking (though that is a good ideas well) This is our daily oxygen bath.
We have decided to start each day with an energising, 20 minute walk in the common ("park", for our American readers). And now, a few weeks into this practice, I not only feel better for the rest of my day, but find myself looking forward to it.
In the past, our day would start by heading right to the coffee machine, and then after typically rushed preparations, we headed out the door. But now, getting up just a bit earlier, the day has a whole new tone to it.
This reminds me that, when I was growing up, my parents frequently spoke about going outdoors "to get a breath of fresh air." I seldom hear that expression anymore, though I can bet you that our indoor air quality has probably gotten much worse, not better.
Combining stale, second hand indoor air with the variety of toxic chemicals from cleaning solutions and the off-gassing of paints and carpets (yes, these do release chemicals for a very long time) results in a negative stew that we are inhaling every moment we are indoors.
For this reason, it is essential that we take our lungs on a holiday, and ideally start each day with deep breaths of fresh air to invigorate our bodies and souls.
As my wife and I walk, we pump our arms forward and back, as if we are walking with alpine walking poles--and we sometimes give each other a few solid thumps on the back to wake up the lungs.
If you live in a city, going out for "breath of fresh air" might be a challenge, but I urge you to find a way to give your lungs what they really need, and take an oxygen bath as often as you can.