Thanks, M. We made about 8 litres of relish & it's delicious.So glad you had a better day! Tomato relish sounds lovely. Yay for having a birthday with all the sons and GKs! Hope you have a wonderful one!!
Thanks, LaMa. I'll take a collection of masks with me & will definitely wear my best on the buses. I don't do breathing exercises for strength but it sounds like something I should be doing. I just had a quick look & came up with this article (https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/coronavirus-recovery-breathing-exercises) that has lots of different ones that may be helpful for me. I have never read leaving your tongue on the roof of your mouth during breathing exercises, now humming on the exhale. Did you mean to strengthen my lung capacity?Your pre-birthday party sounds like it'll be wonderful! Wearing your safest mask on the bus definitely seems like a good idea, and if you're just sitting down it shouldn't be too hard on your breathing, either. Do you do breathing exercises to help with strength?
It's funny though: the therapist in the video explains things well but when she shows diaphragmatic breathing she's not moving her abdomen at all but rather her chest and shoulders, which is the opposite of what I have my patients do. You want to see/feel the hand on your abdomen move while the hand on your chest moves as little as possible. The humming creates more resistance for breathing out, which is kind of what a mask does as well. There are official gadgets out there you can breathe into to strengthen your muscles but you could also take a straw and try breathing out through that, maybe even into a tall glass of water. Or wear a tight, restrictive mask, now that we all have those. You want to practice breathing (out) against resistance while in a relaxed environment where you know you could just take off the mask or remove the straw at any time. When you do that for a couple of minutes every day it won't feel as restrictive once you really need it. If you practice with your "worst" mask you may even try doing some light activity (talking, singing, walking around, then maybe walking stairs or getting up and sitting back down) once you're used to breathing in it. On the bus you just have to sit quietly but you do have to get on the bus and they often have a couple of steps to get up. It really is a matter of practice and your diaphragm and intercostal muscles can build up just like any other muscles.just had a quick look & came up with this article (https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/coronavirus-recovery-breathing-exercises) that has lots of different ones that may be helpful for me. I have never read leaving your tongue on the roof of your mouth during breathing exercises, now humming on the exhale. Did you mean to strengthen my lung capacity?
Completely exhale, and ideally do it somewhat slowly. That way it doesn't feel as restrictive and slowing down means you don't drop the CO2 levels in your blood so much (which is what triggers most of the unpleasant feelings that happen while hyperventilating).Also if you ever start hyperventilating from panicking in the mask, remember to completely exhale every inch of air. If you do that, you can't hyperventilate!
It feels nice actually, LaMa. I heard J say to E, "they're my grandparents now"The fact that your family gatherings even attracts outsiders proves how fun they are
I had a nice, quiet evening avoiding any politicians on TV. Whenever they came on I muted them. We have our federal elections this Saturday. I have my fingers & toes crossed for a change of government.Well done getting out and enjoying yourself despite being tired. Time for a rest now though, I hope.
I like what you did there, LaMaWinter needs a bit of color as an antidote to the blues. Wait...
It was really pleasant. A’s GF was disappointed that she couldn’t come, which is nice.Your family celebration sounds so festive and welcoming. So nice you gained a grandkid!
I usually wear black, red & grey in winter but I’m switching it around this year.I love blue with tan. Nice winter colors.