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Slow Down Your Life

When we come into the new year some of us have our to-do lists that hit the ground, and you’re not alone. It seems that people are only getting busier, but why? We’ve had this surge in technology to make life easier and decrease the amount of time spent on tasks- but do we capitalize on the free time it creates?

The Guilt Trip- Ever feel guilty for sitting back with your feet up? Or curling up on the couch for a midday movie? Tons of people feel guilty for spending time relaxing or doing nothing at all. And we’re guessing this has to do with our GO GO GO culture where laziness is frowned upon – we work hard, pull ourselves up and get things done. We’re here to tell you it’s OK to slow down, in fact, its more than OK – it’s good for you. So go ahead, clear your schedule, cozy up on the couch with a good book, your friends, and family.

The Why- There is a ton of research out there that benefits relaxation – some is a bit more obvious like stress relief, but other reasons may surprise you. Below are just the few benefits; we encourage you to research more on this topic also.

Research has shown relaxation and relaxation techniques can:

· Strengthen your immune system

· Ward off disease

· Lower blood pressure

· Improve the body’s ability to regulate blood glucose

· Lessen severe pain

· Boost your memory

· Lower stroke risk

The How- For many it is hard to unwind, and if you’ve always felt guilty for having some “me time”, it can be really difficult to change the way you think about relaxing. Here are a few ways to get you started:

Rethink downtime. Don’t look at downtime as time wasted or lost, but an investment in yourself. If you’re working yourself into the ground, your work, your health and happiness will suffer.

Give yourself some credit. Instead of looking at what’s always left on your plate at the end of day, review what you have accomplished. Give yourself a high five and wrap it up for the day. You heard me, put the to do list away! It will still be there tomorrow.

Schedule time for nothing. Seriously, set times during the week where you have the freedom to choose what you would like to do – read a book, go for a walk with your family, your options are limitless. Your health and sanity is far more important than a list.

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In the corner of the room lays a giant white canvas stretched across what once was a tall oak tree in the forest. This room dimly lit with dust and dirt covering the walls and the floors, turns into so much more with this blank canvas. The paper now stretched across the wood, once a living form of matter now blank and ready to tell a story of a life, of love, of triumph, of heartache and of course success. What does this canvas tell? What does it whisper in the darkness of the night ? What is the significances of this simple and single blank canvas.

When I look into this canvas I see the untapped potential of us all, the unlimited ability that every single person in society possess. We are all this blank canvas. In this magical moment as I blink my eyes the dust disappears from the room and brushes and paint are in front of me. We all have choices in life and in this moment you can choose to paint a new beginning, a new future, a new reality or keep the old. Every single day that we live we choose each brush stroke we make and each stroke leads to the next always in the purposeful order we need it in. The colors and how we choose to live make a difference. We can choose to live brightly and with all the life and love we can. As I stroke on a vibrant orange and yellow flowing lines like the wind and like the sun rays from millions of miles away. Or we can choose to live is dismay and defeat in the dark and sad colors.

The choice is always up to you.

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The brain is the master control system to the entire body. Nothing happens in the body without first firing off in the different parts of the brain. The amazing design of the human body has a spinal cord about the size of a pinky finger that houses all the fibers from the brain and it’s the communication highway to every function in the entire body. This is billions and billions of signals every second of every day. How important do you think it is to have this highway so to speak properly communicating? I’d say it is the most important function of the body.

The simple safety pen analogy shows how if that pathway is disconnected in any way you have mis-alignment, mis-communication, un-natural, mal-function and DIS-EASE. The SUBLUXATION is a misalignment of one of the bones in the spine, the misalignment causes a disconnection. As chiropractors we are highly trained to detect and correct the SUBLUXATION, this allows the body to function at 100% and restores health to the body. After over 10 years in practice I have seen miracles upon miracles working with men, women, children and babies.

If you have not been checked for SUBLUXATIONS NOW is the time, why live life at less than 100% function?!?!?

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Living in the “NOW” is the single, most important step we can make to improve our present and future lives. We all get wrapped up in our problems, planning and the emotional roller coaster of LIFE. I have noticed that when I am able to focus all my energy on the present moment, my life is so much richer and more vibrant. I’ve found that the key to improving tomorrow starts by living now.

Have you ever been so worried about future events that you can’t even see the joy of your child laughing or feel the connection to your family, friends or spouse? Have you ever been so preoccupied that you completely pass up your exit or feel like you are driving on autopilot? These are signs that you are NOT living in the NOW.

As a mother, wife, chiropractor, and business owner, I am grateful to experience the benefits of living in the now. I’ve learned that the key to a work and home life balance is not based on the amount of time I spend in each part of my life, but rather my ability to be fully present in each part. When I direct my undivided attention to my spouse and daughter, they feel the connection and life is beautiful.

The same holds true in the workplace. When I am serving my patients in the office, I am focused 100% on the one patient I have in front of me. No matter how busy our office is, each patient gets my full attention when I am working with them.

I was introduced to the concept of living a fulfilled life by living in the now when I read the inspiring book, The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. By learning the tools of being fully present to the moment I am in, I am able to balance all aspects of my life. This book changed my life for the better and I truly believe everyone can benefit from this practice.

Here are two of the key practices that helped me from the book:

Try today to focus on all the good that you have in your life.

Live an attitude of gratitude every morning when you wake up. The more you shift your focus to the beauty and blessing around you the more the beauty will be shifted into your life.