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Summer Stress? Flip Flops Have Emotional Benefits

The American Podiatric Medical Association appreciates the liberation which flip flops provide in warm weather, but offers advice to prevent what they call a flip flop fiasco. Be aware that in a flip flop the foot is exposed and unprotected and physical injuries like sprained ankles and tendonitis can occur in an unstructured shoe which might also be problematic for those with arch problems.

Yet Rush University Medical Center finds that flip flops can help lessen the pain of arthritic knees. Moreover, I was interviewed about the emotional/spiritual benefits of wearing flip flops and how they support identity in ďThe Psychology of Wearing Flip FlopsĒ by Linda Wasmer Andrews in Psychology Today.

Shoes support the various roles you play in life. As soon as you step into a specific shoe, you take your cue regarding mood and purpose.When to wear flip flops

Flip flops provide the emotional release from the stress of self-suppression, as symbolized by squeezing the foot into a tight shoe. Keeping a pair of emergency flip flops at work can take the pinch and negativity out of the system. Stress accumulates as it is an inflammatory process which suddenly swells out of control like toes in a closed shoe in the late afternoon on a hot day. When we deal with the little stressors, we are better able to focus and reframe the larger ones which come our way. Pain and discomfort are stressors which often lead to irritability, misunderstanding and conflict. So, put on your flip flops, spread your toes and you will ease on down the road, but stride mindfully as you donít want to get an abrasion, blister, or banged toe on the journey.
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