I just started reading a new book, ‘Wherever you go, There you are’ by Jon Kabat-Zinn and one of the first chapters was entitled ‘Simple, but not Easy’… as I read that I had the realization that that pretty much sums up healthcare & healthy living. With so many fads, promises of quick fixes, cures and disconnection from personal responsibility, no wonder so many people that want to attempt to live a healthier life get confused and overwhelmed. If you take a step back and realize that we are animals living in a (somewhat) civilized world, it makes it easier to think about what conditions we might need to create in our own lives to get and stay healthy. What do other animals need in order to thrive?
- Good food – real stuff, not from a package or convenience store
- Great nutrition – filling in the gaps that are left from the conventional food supply
- Lots of activity – what happens to your dog if you never take it for a walk?
- Controlled stress – stress motivates, but too much stress burns up the body. Life is happening with or without your resistance, so go with it
- Harmonious relationships – surround yourself with people that make you feel good, and distance yourself from those who bring you down
- Present moment consciousness – choose to be an active participant in your life at all times. Living in the past or future is a surefire way to be on autopilot until death.
- Clear nerve supply – do you want your body to be running on dial-up or high speed?
- Give and receive love – try it, it feels good!
- Don’t hold grudges – take a moment to think of who suffers when you hold on to resentment (hint: it isn’t the other person)
- Try, and try again – in pursuit of your goals, don’t let setbacks determine your destiny. Ever seen a dog give up on a treat that has slid under the couch? Unstoppable
- Social Interaction – with all the social media platforms available to us, don’t forget to engage in your actual life and the people around you. Social isolation leads to depression and premature death.
- Don’t take life so seriously – in all the planning, doing, seeking, getting and climbing of life, remember to enjoy the ride.
- Deep breaths – each and every one of your cells needs oxygen. Work hard enough, more days than not, to have you break a sweat and breath deep.
- If something needs a showy sales pitch, you probably don’t need it. Let this stand for food, diets, programs and products.
- Celebrate your victories – change is simple, not easy, so let that feeling of goodness sink in when you make these changes on a consistent basis, or reach one of your goals. You are amazing!
Now for the ‘not easy’ part – most of these things are YOUR responsibility. No one else can make these decisions for you. You need to assess your lifestyle and start to put into place the changes that will support your inborn potential for health, wealth and happiness. Remember that there are people around you that can offer the support, but showing up is on you. Lacking motivation? Consider seeing a wellness chiropractor like me or another health professional that can put an individualized program in place for you, AND supply the pep talks to keep you moving forward. A big part of my day is reminding my beautiful practice members that they are stronger than they think they are, have the capacity for health and healing when all they see are symptoms and disease, and deserve to be truly well.
Have a great week! And remember, it’s your future, arrive healthy.