Each morning, when you walk out the front door and go into the world, remember who you are.
One trick for me is that on my way to the front door, I have a mantra that I say. “Every day in every way, I’m getting better and better”. I repeat that a few times as I’m putting on my shoes, gathering up my bags and opening the door.
Sometimes, I may do a variation of it, if there’s something I’m looking to focus on during the day. It always starts with “Every day, in every way….” then I fill in the blank:
This mantra reminds me that things in life aren’t permanent and that I can change and improve them.
When you leave your house knowing, who you are, what you stand for, what your purpose is, it makes decisions that come up in the day easier. For instance, someone asks something from you and if it’s within who you are, you may say yes. If it goes against your moral code, you will probably say no. However, if you aren’t sure who you are, you may end up saying yes to something you don’t want to.
This is especially important to remind your kids when they leave. Tell them as they walk out the door, to remember who they are. If they don’t know, they can easily be swayed by their friends and peer pressured.
When you walk out the door tomorrow, remember who you are.
Too often, we’re trying to “find time” to fit things in. How often have you said to yourself that you have to find time to take care of your health, kids, etc.? Instead of trying to find time, schedule the time into your schedule. What gets scheduled, gets done!
If something such as your health is truly important to you, you will make the time for it. It becomes a must. Schedule your gym times like your do your other appointments (like your chiropractic appointments haha).
Every Monday morning from 8-10am is my “getting stuff done for the office” time. It’s blocked off in my agenda and that is when I write my blogs, work on my files for the office, prep newsletters, etc. If I need more time, there is a block on Tues morning for spillover activities.
Put your important tasks, events, etc into your schedule and then you don’t have to stress about making time for them.
Now...if your schedule is overfull already, that’s a different challenge :) That is a sign of priorities. If you’ve got a to-do list a mile long, you will have to decide first, what are your priorities. From there, look at your task list and ask yourself “which task, if I accomplish today, will allow me to feel like I had a successful day? Then start with that task. Get it out of the way.
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In what areas of your life do you have standards? Even if you aren’t aware, you have them in all areas: finances, health, relationships, work, etc. Sometimes, we are aware of our standards and other times, not.
How do you know when you have dropped one of your standards? One clue is that you get upset with yourself. You may think “I should have known better, or I knew I shouldn’t have done that”. Let’s say you are at school and you enjoy math. Your standard is to get a B or higher on each test. For one test, you drop your standard, stay up late playing video games and don’t study for the test and end up with a D. What would you probably do next time? Raise your standard back up again. When you drop your standards, notice and be aware of it, learn from it and raise them back up again.
Observe, what areas in your life have the highest standards? Are you always on top of your finances? Do you exercise regularly, eat well and take preventative measure for your health? Is it your kids and family that you invest your time in most? The areas where you have the highest standards are also areas that you deem priorities in your life.
The quality of your life is determined by the stands you set for yourself. What are you willing or not willing to accept or tolerate?
You also teach other people how to treat you by what you allow, don’t stop from happening and what you stand for. What are your standards for how others treat you? Do you speak up when something nice is not said or do you let it go?
What are your own standards for treating yourself? Are you kind to yourself? Do you make time to take care or are you the last on your list?
Examine the standards in your life and if you don’t like the levels, raise them!
What is neuro-optimization?
Neuro- means having to do with the nervous system
Optimization- make better or more efficient, improve upon
Neuro-optimization is a process by which the body creates a better or more efficient nervous system. Your nervous system is like a computer and the master controller of your body. It sends and receives information to every cell, organ and tissue in your body.
Why would we need to improve upon our nervous system? The body is constantly seeking to adapt to change. When we cut our hand, our body locates the injury and starts to heal. When we get a cold or cough, the body also moves towards healing. So, how is it that sometimes, it seems like it takes our body forever to heal from something? Perhaps we’ve had low back pain for what seems likes years or a chronic illness that simply won’t go away? Long term conditions that seem to never go away mean that the nervous system is prevented from getting the correct signals to the necessary areas in order for healing to occur...there is a disturbance within the force.
What are some factors that decrease the ability of our nervous system to function optimally?
How is neuro-optimization achieved?
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Dr. Amanda is a non-traditional chiropractor who focuses on Neuro-Optimization in Ottawa, Canada.