Lifestyle Mistake that Keeps You from Wellness:
Lacking a Positive Attitude
In the past couple of years I have started to feel the need for change. As a chiropractor I truly enjoy the natural way of healing and believe that the body knows how to heal itself if given the right environment.
Chiropractic focuses on spinal/vertebral misalignments known as “subluxations” and corrects those to help the body heal itself from various stressors/ailments that it may have. There are 3 categories of stressors that are the cause of a subluxation. We often call them the 3 T’s: traumas (such as falls, sports injury), toxins (anything from household chemicals to medications to some foods), and thoughts.
Too often traumas and toxins are looked at and discussed in my office with my patients, but today, I’m going to focus primarily on the third “T”— THOUGHTS (any kind of emotional stressor).
This one was somewhat easy for me to get and understand, but I didn’t know how to apply this with my patients. I didn’t know what I could do in my office to help reach the need people had. Sure, I can always ask, “How’s your stress?” but the depth of that conversation often is ended with a couple 1-2 word response. So I felt that I needed to change myself, to start to bring a better me—free of emotional/thought stress and pass on some words of wisdom from what I’ve learned in my everyday life.
I truly began to see that the people who had a positive attitude on life had great health, but if their health was suffering, they didn’t let it dictate the level of joy and happiness they had. Others are able to overcome physical and emotional roadblocks faster with just beginning with a positive outlook on things. There is power in our own minds and we just need to start believing we are better, and go and do those things that will allow us to become who we see we can become.
I feel there is so much to talk about; I will continue to share some of the things I have learned along my journey to emotional freedom and emotional wellness.
A quote from Zig Ziglar that I enjoy is “Appreciate those who love you. Help those who need you. Forgive those who hurt you. Forget those who leave you.”
While it may take more time and effort to achieve, changing your mental state through a practice of gratitude, can be done with immediate and measurable effects on the rest of your being.
The social, physical, and psychological benefits of gratitude have been well documented and research suggests these benefits are readily available because gratitude:
• Boosts feelings of optimism, joy, pleasure, enthusiasm, and other positive emotions
• Reduces anxiety and depression
• Strengthens the immune system, lowers blood pressure, reduces symptoms of illness, and makes us less bothered by aches and pains
• Encourages us to exercise more and take better care of our health.
• Helps us sleep better: get more hours of sleep each night, spend less time awake before falling asleep, and feel more refreshed upon awakening
• Has been found to help people recover from traumatic events, including Vietnam War veterans with PTSD
• Makes us feel closer and more committed to friends, family, and spouses.
Take some time to focus on what emotional stressors may be holding you back. Take steps to identify them and see what behaviors you can do to replace them with things that will move you forward.
Set aside time every day to be still, ponder your blessings, practice gratitude and visualize letting go of what holds you back. You will be surprised at the results!
Don’t let the third “T” (Thoughts) be the cause of a subluxation, but let it prevent a subluxation from happening in the first place!