So January is here. Have you set your New Years Resolutions yet? Are you doing a “dry January”? Have you joined a gym (again) to try and get fit? How are you bringing in the New Year?
Personally, I used to set “resolutions” every year, and then spend January working out how I was going to break them and feeling what really mattered to me. And generally within a few weeks, they’d all be forgotten until the next year.
But what about health resolutions?
Obviously my passion is health and wellbeing. It’s my work, it’s a big part of my life. I spend time outside of work reading research on nutrition, listening to podcasts on the latest research. It’s definitely “more than a job” to me.
A question that comes up for me over and over regarding health is how to achieve my goals around my health. So having talked to many people over several decades about health goals, most of you included, I wanted to remind you of some of the principles that make the biggest difference:
1. Make sure you state what you want, not what you don’t want!
Do you know how many people write goals along the lines of:
i) Lose Weight
ii) Get out of pain
iii) Stop beating myself up
The problem with this is you’re focusing on losing something, but the brain hears:
iii) Beating myself up
2. What do I want to be able to do?
So the first thing is to decide what you want, not what you don’t want.
I’ve also found a great way of looking at my health is look at what I want to be able to do. For example personally, I still play hockey at least once a week. To do that and get the most from it I need to be fit, focused, my back needs to be flexible and strong and I need a clear head (because at my age, I cannot play hockey well if I’m fuzzy or hungover).
So what do you want to be able to do? And how does your body need to be to achieve that?
3. Ask yourself - how do I want to feel/how do I want to think?
Another area I find really helps me to set my goals is to ask this question. Because personally that’s really important for me too? Because true wellness is not just about my physical body, it’s about my emotional state, my mental state and my spirit. So knowing what I want in all of these areas helps.
I want to feel relaxed, at ease but also energized and motivated. I want to feel happy, satisfied and excited. And I want to make a difference in the lives of others. And to do that, I have to look after my body to the best of my ability so that I have the capacity to give more.
So ask yourself:
How do I want to feel? Physically? Emotionally?
What does my mental state need to be like?
Do I have things that are bigger than me that I want to achieve?
4. Participate in achieving your Goals
I personally believe that a healthy functioning nervous system (through a healthy, functioning spine) takes you a long way towards any health goals. And NSA is one approach that will take you a long way in that direction.
I also know that you have to feel self-empowered, which is where the SRI comes in.
But there is more to wellness than NSA and SRI. What you eat, what you think and how much you move/exercise will also make a difference.
So what do you need to do in 2019 to help move you forwards to a better, healthier version of you?
So if there were a recipe for me to achieve my health goals in 2019 it would contain elements of all of the following:
what I think/emotional state (SRI or other modalities that empower me)
regular care of my spine and nervous system (NSA or subluxation based chiropractic)
Things I really enjoy doing that bring me pleasure
Things that make a difference to others
Have fun creating a healthy 2019.