Do you have a new years resolution? According to a study published in 2002, 40-50% of Americans make new years resolutions. The most common resolutions are quitting smoking, starting to exercise and to lose weight.
Some believe they are a waste of time – unsuccessful, demotivating, and expensive. Others relish in the idea of a universal date, where everyone tries to do something to better themselves for the upcoming year. Others still cry out ‘why wait until January 1st, when you could make a change NOW?’
Whichever camp you’re in, there are some things you can do to help make your resolution ‘stick’. –Avoid the stimulus (for example, deactivate your Netflix account if you want to get off the couch; reduce the number of ‘in person’ visits you have with your friends who smoke; throw out the ice cream (or give it away!))
–Reinforce the behaviours you want to exhibit (pack your gym clothes and put by the door the night before, change your drive home from your favourite place to pick up smokes, look up tasty recipes you’d be excited to try, or join a meal service like Hello Fresh)
–Get some grit! Will power is the number one indicator of success with any change, whether it be career, resolution or otherwise!
Whichever you decide to make your resolution, make sure you are fair to yourself, reasonable, and kind. SMART is an acronym used to help guide goal setting:
January can be a very difficult time for people as they come off the hustle of the holidays; bills come in, the weather is still poor and everyone goes back to the same routine. It is in January that self-care becomes even more important.
What is Self-Care? Self-Care is any form of intervention provided by an individual to help look after their physical, mental and emotional well-being. Often overlooked, this form of care is critical in preventative medicine, reducing the risk of burn-out, illness, injury and mental health illness.
Some great examples include: taking time to read a book, meditating, volunteering, practicing spirituality, getting a massage (or see your chiropractor!), getting your body moving by going for a walk or trying yoga, trying something creative. Anything out of the ordinary that takes time to focus on your own well-being is imperative, especially if you’re at risk for winter blues.
Check out this article in the CBC about how exercise is just what the doctor prescribed!
Thanks to the Ontario Chiropractic Association for this infographic on how to save your body from injury and strain this winter season. Remember to dress for the weather, take a break once in a while, stay hydrated and bend with your knees!
Movement is incredibly important to people of all sizes and ages. Current expert guidelines recommend everyone (regardless of age) gets at least 150 minutes of activity per week – that’s about 30 minutes of increased activity a day. It doesn’t have to be in a row either! This can be difficult in the winter, so here are some ideas on things you can do to keep your heart rate up:
Inject activity throughout the day: Take the stairs at home, walk to the store!
The activity doesn’t have to be vigorous or hard. Getting moving can help with Seasonal Affective Disorder, seasonal weight gain, improving your immune system function and maintaining your social life! Get out and enjoy the beautiful winter!
Often times, when you have a minor ache or pain, taking an Advil (ibuprofen) or an Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) is a quick fix to the pain sensation you are feeling. This video gives a brief overview of how those medications work and how they can be beneficial in blocking or circumventing your pain experience.
There is a great time and place for pain relief… Consider trying chiropractic as an approach to manage pain when you’re tired of circumventing your pain.
This article, published in the Canadian Chiropractor, speaks of the great role of interprofessional collaboration that helps to facilitate patient care. If you are suffering from chronic back pain and you need a team that will help you, consider asking your healthcare provider if they are willing to work with other health care providers to determine what is best for you.
Dr. Dresser has had experience working with orthopaedic surgeons, rheumatologists, chronic pain specialists, family doctors, physiotherapists and massage therapists in a collaborative manner to help identify gaps in care, and maintain a consistent message of support for her patients.