Body And Mind Care When Moving House

Moving house will always be an event which taxes your inner resources – with a little care though, you can ensure you begin this new episode of your life in your best shape.

Firstly, let’s take care of your body – feed it well, rest it well and protect it when there is heavy work to be done. During the moving process it may be tempting to grab high sugar or high fat foods because they are quick and will give you that instant energy boost. The downside is that your blood sugar will soon plummet as rapidly as it rose and you will feel even more tired. Chose instead leafy green salads, lean protein sources and ensure you are drinking more water than you usually do – stress and physical work are both dehydrating. If friends or family have offered to help, ask them to bring a homemade, nutritious meal, you will be amazed at how much better you feel after your body’s nutritional levels are replenished.

Everyone knows to lift with bent knees – often when tired we forget or we just do what is quickest. The unfortunate aspect of back strains is that we often don’t feel the damage straight away, so we keep lifting and adding to the strain. It’s only later that we realise we have over done it. So plan your lifting, lift the heavier items at the beginning of the day when your muscles have more energy reserves and you are more mindful of correct lifting style. Save the heavy items until you have help, don’t be tempted to do it by yourself. Start your lift by engaging your core abdominal muscles and relaxing your jaw, your neck and your hips. Lift slowly and control the movement.

At the end of the day some gentle stretches of the lower back and neck and a long soak in an Epsom Salts bath will ensure you can start again tomorrow in the best shape. Epsom salts have a high concentration of Magnesium salts which are essential for muscular relaxation, the heat of the bath will also boost your circulation and ensure any lactic acid is cleared from your tired muscles. Try the following stretches for pre and post moving-day:

Rotation Glut/Piriformis – Lying

Begin lying on your back. Using your hand, take your opposite leg across your body, keeping your other arm straight on the ground as demonstrated. Hold for 15 seconds and repeat 4 times at a mild to moderate stretch pain-free. Perform on each side.

 

Cat Stretch

Begin this exercise on your hands and knees, with your hands in front of you above the level of the head. Gently take your weight back towards your heels, lowering your chest until you feel a stretch. Hold for 5 seconds and repeat 10 times at a mild to moderate stretch

Now to look after your mind! Moving house is stressful, there is no getting around that. This is the beginning of a new page though, don’t lose sight of how excited you were when you first found the property, and when your offer was accepted! Keep this in your mind, make time for some good laughs and accept all offers of help – many hands make light work and many laughs make good friends! Take time to sit outside and take in your new surroundings, go for a walk and check out the new neighbourhood. Remember your usual health routine – the weekly yoga, the daily walk, the monthly massage – you need these things more than ever at this time. Enjoy!

Karen Malcolm
BSc, MSc, Cert IV Rem Mass.

Allara Therapies
Remedial Massage Movement, Alignment, Bliss! 0401 051133