New Year, New You! Or so they say. What really changes when the clock strikes midnight on January 1st? Do we really get a chance to “start over”, right our wrongs, fix all the broken things, or is it just an illusion?
January 1st is the day of “I’m going to…” I’m going to start a diet, lose weight, exercise more, travel more, be happy, eat better, take care of my health. But why do we wait until the start of a year, the start of a month or even start of a week?
Here are 10 things you can do RIGHT now to jump-start your health, even if it’s Sunday at 10 am or Wednesday at 4 pm. The starting line is where you decide it to be.
1. Begin meditating: clear your mind of all the stagnant, old, disserving thoughts, allow positive thoughts to flow in, allow the stillness, count your breath. Meditation does not have to be long nor do you have to be “good” at it to practice it, it’s a learned skill that is rarely mastered. If sitting in one spot with your eyes closed listening to the furnace kick in and the tap drip while trying to control and clear your thoughts isn’t for you, try a meditation app to help guide you through.
2. Clear out the junk food from your fridge, freezer, cupboards, car. The holidays are great for cramming cookies, chocolate, pie and everything else in your fridge, on your counter and in your face, but now that the holidays are over, it’s time to recheck what we are fueling our body with.
Not sure where to look for help with your diet plan? Contact Paula at Douglasdale Family Chiropractic to learn more about the nutrition programs she offers to help people clean up their diets and have a healthier relationship with food.
Fill your house with good food and you will eat good food. Learn new recipes, check out Pinterest for some great inspiration.
3. Drink more water. We’ve all heard this one, water helps stimulate digestion, helps wake your body up, revitalizes your skin, just helps you feel darn amazing! Be that person that carries a water bottle with you everywhere, just remember to drink from it while you carry it!
4. Take your supplements. Figure out which supplements you need for optimal health, why you are taking them, make sure they are good quality and, for goodness sake – take them! Don't take a supplement because some celebrity or even your best friend told you to need to. If you don't need to take vitamin B12 because you eat meat products, don't take it. Supplements to consider taking include vitamin D, probiotics, greens, omegas. For more information on supplements, contact Lindsay at Douglasdale Family Chiropractic.
5. Pick up something to read. Does not have to be self-help or massively intellectual books, find something you like to read. Fiction, non-fiction, National Geographic, credible research papers, the newspaper, short books, long books, poems. Reading helps expand your mind, your vocabulary and forces you to focus on one thing and one thing only. Have you noticed that you can watch TV and play on your phone? It’s hard to multi-task when your nose deep in a good novel or article. The library is now free and is a great place to find reading material that interests you.
6. Move your body. This doesn’t mean you have to join a gym. You can workout in your living room, or if you so please, you can go for a walk, hike, bike or run outside in the frigid cold. (You’ll be my hero if you do!) Just move it! Most importantly, to make this a long-lasting habit, find something you LOVE and schedule it in. Is yoga your thing? Maybe you love lifting weights or playing hockey. Just move!
7. Focus on sleep! Sleep is vitally important to help your body heal and repair and it feels amazing. Work on improving your sleep. Remove electronics from your bedroom, read before bed, have a cup of relaxing tea or Lights Off powder before bed. Improving your quality of sleep will help improve your overall mood, energy levels, and balance metabolism.
We spend 8+ hours a day in our bed, it should be a place we feel comfortable and love crawling into, if you feel your mattress could use an upgrade, check out Black Sheep Mattress company for a customized, natural bed that will allow you to drift off to la-la land for your best nights sleep.
8. Enjoy time with your friends and family. After the holidays, you might be saying “I’m good without seeing those crazy people for a while…”, but when you are ready to see them again, enjoy your time with them. Put your phone away, bring out the board games, go on adventures, engage in physical activities together, take a cooking class or just sit and chat over coffee. Engaging in fun activities with friends and family releases endorphins which make us happier! We all want to be happier, the sky is the limit on happiness. So go, float high in the clouds and have a good time with friends and family.
9. Schedule a massage. Massages are known as a great way to unwind and relax, relieve muscle tightness and tension, maybe even nap! Massages are also very beneficial to help correct imbalances within the body, teach the muscles to chill out, loosen up and not give you such a hard time! Douglasdale Family Chiropractic has two great registered massage therapists to help heal you or just help you chill out.
10. See your chiropractor! An obvious one, coming from a chiropractic office. Did you tweak your back setting up the Christmas tree? The sleep on your Aunt's couch or the long drive give you neck pain? Be sure to come see us so we can help you start your New Year painfree.
To schedule an appointment, please contact Douglasdale Family Chiropractic at 403-279-2229.
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Make 2019 a great one!