Rachel Richards

licensed massage therapist

east village, nyc

News: March 2010

Life is about living!

I recently overheard a brief exchange between two men on the sidewalk. The first asked, “How’s it going?” And the second replied, “Same s**t, different day.” I wanted to shout, “Are you kidding? The sun is shining, the day is full of possibilities and you live in awesome New York City!” Luckily, I restrained myself from alarming this man, who was about twice my size. But the point is, our days are what we make of them. Sadly, this man's pessimism implied that he believed his crummy days were something that happened to him, not something he could control.

When we have a bad day or receive undesirable news, it’s tough to stay positive. That’s why clear-headedness and informed awareness of yourself and the world around you is of vital importance. If we lose touch with the bigger picture, we can get caught up in little things and fall into an unproductive rut, like the man I saw on the street. Always remember that we have choices. Choose to make each day special!

Self-care tips for staying positive

  1. Get massage at least twice a month! When you are relaxed and without pain, you maintain a more positive outlook on life. Neuroscientist Dr. Candace Pert writes, “Our emotions and our biochemistry are a part of one continuous loop that accounts for how we feel.”
  2. Exercise: 20 minutes of cardio each day will reduce stress, improve sleep, and strengthen your heart. Find something you love doing. Some ideas are jumping rope, dancing, jogging, playing tennis, or taking an aerobics class. Whatever it is, have fun!
  3. Surround yourself with positive people - to inspire you, energize you and make you feel good.
  4. Do something to help someone else. This will interrupt any negative thoughts by making you focus on someone else’s needs.
  5. Break the daily routine. Walk a different route to work, try a new place for lunch, call up an old friend, or take a luxurious bath instead of a hurried shower.

Be creative, have fun and stay positive!

What's new with me ...

This month, I had the misfortune to be hit by a van while I was crossing the street. Amazingly, I left the hospital with no major injuries except a fracture in my left foot. I woke up the next morning counting my blessings. I am so lucky to be alive and surrounded by people who love me.

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