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COZY | Wellness for Makers: Warm Up and Keep Going

COZY | Wellness for Makers: Warm Up and Keep Going

It’s still winter and dang, it’s cold! If you’re like I am, it can be hard to leave the house on days like these. Winter can be tough on the body because of the low temperatures and lack of daylight. Also, many of us don’t get enough exercise in the colder months, so our bodies ache and desire movement. Even though it’s cozy to lay in bed and work on your laptop or watch an episode on Netflix, remember that it is even more important to keep the body warm and moving in the winter months. Here are a few things to try:

Go for a walk.

Walking the High Line in winter. Photo: Friends of the High Line

Bundle up, pop in your headphones, put on your favorite podcast and go for a walk. Walking is a great form of exercise because it increases blood flow and circulation. Walking also creates an opportunity to breathe in the natural air around you, which can help your body to reset. Getting outside to walk for an extra ten minutes a day can help you clear your mind, feel more productive and inspired to work on bigger tasks when you get back inside.

Go on an excursion.

An excursion is a great way to break up your normal routine and get excited about being outside. Try a winter activity like skiing, snowboarding, or snowshoeing. If you love hiking, chances are you’ll love snowshoeing. Snowshoeing allows you to hike in deep amounts of snow without an issue. It’s safe, easy for beginners, and will get you sweating in no time. It’s empowering! Click this link for a list of locations in New York to go snowshoeing.

Enjoy a cozy getaway.

Lodging in the Bellfire Tipi, Roxbury, New York. Photo: Airbnb

Ever feel like you just need to escape for the weekend? I know I do. A change of scenery can help you get a new perspective and feel inspired. I love using Airbnb to find really unique places to stay that aren’t too far away. Each space is priced differently, so you are bound to find something within your budget. Many are even pet friendly! Grab your journal, sketchbook, and supplies and hit the road!

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The mission of Wellness for Makers is to motivate and empower artists through education and mindful living. Wellness for Makers was created to make self-care, stretching, and massage techniques more accessible to artists everywhere. We strive to make it easy to find good resources, including interviews, articles, videos, and links to valuable organizations. Our workshops provide hands-on training in stretching and massage techniques that are easy to incorporate into an artist’s daily studio routine. These techniques are designed to help boost energy levels, alleviate pain, reduce the risk of injury, and improve posture. We collaborate with artists who have professional backgrounds in yoga, ergonomics, massage therapy, occupational therapy, and more, to provide a range of perspectives. We believe that by working together as a community, we can create more productive and sustainable studio practices that improve the longevity of our hands and bodies.


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