Welcome to the DW Healing Arts Be Well series of wellness tips for January 2016. Each day I will highlight a card from my Balance Resource Cards decks. The wellness resources will help you bring balance to your body, mind and spirit if used on a regular basis.
Take a moment right now, and practice today's wellness tip as you read this. Grab your journal, turn off your phone, find a quiet place without interruptions and set a timer for 20 or 30 minutes. This is time you are investing in yourself. You are worth it.
Give yourself permission to balance your life.
May you Be Well! Love, Deanna
When you are side lying, use enough pillows to position your neck and hips in a straight alignment. You may need an additional pillow under your head to keep your neck in straight alignment with your spine. (See image below) You can use another pillow between your body and upper arm (not pictured) so that your shoulder is relaxed and the nerves that go down your arm are not pinched in the armpit area.
A firm mattress is best for your back, but may cause hip and shoulder pain when side-lying. To make the bed more comfortable when side lying, try using a one or two inch memory foam topper on your mattress. This will still give enough support for your back and will also relieve the pressure on your hips and shoulders.