“Our health is within our power to take charge of through the little choices we make every day“. What better time to be reminded of this than at the start of a new year? Just as we like to sit down around this time each year and figure out trips that will be taken throughout the year and evaluate our current financial situation and goals, take a moment to sit down and evaluate the state of your own health. Don’t just think about what procedures you may or may not have had to have done in the past year or what medications you are or aren’t currently taking, but how are you really doing?
Physically, how do you feel when you wake up in the morning? Do you feel well rested and ready for the day? Do you have the energy to go to work and give it your best and come home and enjoy playing with your kids? Are you able to get some regular activity in and enjoy the sweat, or do you drag yourself through a tired half effort? Do you have enough energy to brighten someone else’s day through volunteering, whether it be donating your time or a friendly, sincere smile?
Mentally, how do you feel when you wake up in the morning? Do you feel clarity in your mind and a clear focus on the tasks that lie ahead of you? Are you able to complete tasks on hand with a sharp mind, or do you feel you spend much of the day in a fog? Does a new challenge have you looking forward to the opportunity, or do you dread the obligation to put forth a greater effort?
Emotionally, how do you feel when you awake each day? Are you excited to take on the challenges of a new day, or are you dreading “another Monday” or “another week”? Do you enjoy each encounter during the day and week, giving it your present focus, or are you frequently looking ahead to the weekend/next paycheck/next vacation/next big event?
How did you do? Are you happy with where you are, or do you have work to do? If you are happy with your answers that is fantastic. Keep up the great work! If you have one or more areas that need some further attention, please don’t let it slip by. We often have no idea how good we are supposed to feel-physically, mentally, or emotionally. We often have some areas of our lives that need work, but rather choose to ignore them as other things take importance.
Remember, the better you take care of yourself, the better you can take care of those you love and care for. Whether it be a significant other, children, parents, siblings, good friends, employees, coworkers, or customers, those counting on you will be better served by you at your best. When you fly on an airplane and they give the pre-flight instructions on what to do in an emergency, they always tell you to put oxygen on yourself first prior to helping anyone else. This is the reason. You are much better equipped to care for others when you have remembered to first take care of yourself.
Take action steps today to put your health first this year-not only for you, but for those counting on you. The path to a healthier you begins with little choices that you can get started on now. Small, positive changes will add up over the course of a year to have big results on you and your overall quality of life, as well as those who interact with you.
Wishing you a healthy and happy new year from all of us at Eldora Family Chiropractic & Wellness Center!