Dr. Bell's Blog

What Can You Learn From a Spring Flower?

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Nothing represents springtime more than the flower. Tulips, Daffodils, and Pansy’s are some of the most common in this part of the country here in Western New York. Flowers can be beautiful, but they can also teach us a few things about how we live our life.

Let’s look at 5 ways we can “BE well” as we enter this next season of our lives…

  1. Take Your Time: Patience. All good things take time, just like a flower when it blooms. Don’t rush (that doesn’t mean procrastinate), as in due time with the right amount of focused effort, you bloom into what you are supposed to be.

  2. Stand Tall: A flower is not shy about showing us its beauty. Be proud of who you are, what you do, and what you have achieved. Being self aware and self confident are not bad traits, in fact they can be very powerful ones.

  3. Nevermind The Bees: A flower knows that it needs bees to help it flourish, and so do we. Someone that can appear to be a nuisance or a pest in your life, may very well be there to show you an important lesson. Be observant and less judgmental, and they may just surprise you with something you need.

  4. Stay Grounded: A flower can not grow without water getting deep into its roots. This is the perfect metaphor for our lives. Nourish your soul regularly by feeding it healthy doses of much needed nutrients. This can come from many avenues including a quiet walk alone, yoga, meditation, spending time with close friends, or listening to your favorite music.

  5. Embrace Your Season: Every seed has a different timing. In some we’ll see the flower soon after planting. In some it takes almost a couple of years to see them bloom. How does this relate to us? We are all unique people. No two the same. When you see someone near you experiencing something you’ve wanted in your own life…remember…you are different “seeds”. Embrace your seed and the season you are in.

At the end of the day I want to encourage you to be patient yet persistent, stand tall yet be humble, Leverage the lessons from the bees, stay grounded by plugging in to experiences that help you grow, and last but not least, embrace who you are and the time it takes to become the best version of you that you can be.

And in as much as we listed 5 ways we can “BE WELL” as we enter the next season of our lives we know that life rarely is as simple as counting to 5. There will be storms. There will be setbacks. But…there will also be calm after the storm and comebacks. Keep the people around you that will help you be you, and bounce back from adversity when it hits, and you’ll be more than on your way in this journey called life where we want to…

LIVE WELL. BE WELL.

Have a great day, friends.

-Dr. Bell

What Is Your End Game?

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The great Henry Kissinger once said “If you don’t know where you are going, every road will get you nowhere.” Essentially what he is saying is unless you have a goal, unless you have a specific direction you are going, it is nearly impossible to end up where you want to be in life. This also holds true when it comes to your health. You need to have an end game, a North Star of sorts, not only guide you along the way but also formulate your plan of attack.

I regularly speak about our “LIVE well. BE well.” philosophy when it comes to our life and health. One of the most important aspects of this, and one many people really struggle with, is consistency. You can change for a day, week, or month, but ultimately always go back to the same habits. It’s doing something month after month, year after year, that really makes a dent in your overall quality of life. There is a fine balance, as focusing too much on the long term can be daunting. It’s important to “keep your eye on the prize”, but really stay in the present moment.

Let’s look at 3 ways to help you “LIVE well. BE well” now…but also FEEL well about it for years to come. These are the “roots” (the why), which can help you bear more “fruit” (better lifestyle choices) in the future.

  1. Think about the impact your choices are making on those who we love: Poor lifestyle decisions can have a terrible effect not only on ourselves but those closest to us. If you want to be healthy and well for years to come, use this as part of your daily motivator to make the right decisions.

  2. Write down a few thoughts on how you would like to be remembered when you are gone: What would you like your legacy to be? What will people say about you long after you are gone? We all would like to make an impact on the lives around us. Focus on what decisions you can make daily to solidify your legacy.

  3. Help someone else be healthier: Some of the most rewarding things we can do in life involve helping those around us. Make choices that not only help yourself “LIVE well. BE well”, but also ones that support the goals of others. Be a good role model. Serving from our heart is a healthy choice not to be overlooked. It helps EVERYONE!

Finally…living life with a higher purpose, one that doesn’t just focus solely on yourself, can be one of the most rewarding things you can do in your life. Having your “end game” in mind as you navigate through life can help you, and also those around you to…

LIVE well. BE well.

What Negative Noise Are You Letting Fill Your Airwaves

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We repeat what we support ourselves with. What messages and actions do you keep repeating? Are they healthy and in your best interest? You see, overall health and wellness and the “LIVE well. BE well.” lifestyle that we talk about is more than just about physical health. Dr. B.J. Palmer, the Developer of Chiropractic, would regularly say “Be careful who you rent your upstairs out too”. What he was saying reverberates back to the title of this blog. If you constantly let negative noise, thoughts, and emotions into your airways, then sooner or later they will run your life.

It has now become increasingly clear that chronic disease is the single biggest threat to our overall health in the world today. The statistics around this are sobering:

  • 7 out of 10 deaths in the U.S. are caused by chronic disease.

  • 1 out of 2 Americans currently have a chronic disease.

  • 27% of children in the U.S. now have a chronic disease.

You may be thinking, what does this have to do with our thoughts? Well, ultimately bad behaviors are the root cause of many chronic health problems. If this is true, it makes sense that behavior change is what is really needed to help prevent or potentially reverse chronic diseases. Everyone knows that eating poorly, not exercising, and not getting enough sleep are not healthy for them. Yet most people continue these bad behaviors anyway.

I see the pattern of chronic pain caused by deliberate choices every day.

When patients come in only after experiencing pain, its helpful to do a look-back at what could have been done to prevent the pain. Sometimes it just happens. But other times it’s what we are talking about today. Intentional decisions could be made that would reduce and potentially eliminate the predicament that they find themselves in. But that isn’t all. Rather than wait to seek chiropractic care when they are experiencing pain, adding regular chiropractic care to their routine before the fact may very well help reduce pain along the journey of everyday life.

This being said, I think it’s vitally important to not only train your body with regular physical activity, it is equally vital to train your mind. Read positive things every day, watch how much time you spend on social media, surround yourself with positive people, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Most people possess or have access to the right information to do the right thing. But…right information alone will NOT change behavior.

Bad habits are many times deep rooted.

You can look at it this way as well:

We can help get rid of the weeds in our lawn (pain) by pulling them at their source (prevention through better choices).

If you want to change your life to be able to live the healthy one you deserve, you may need to stop what you have been doing over and over again. Bad habits have grown “the weeds in your lawn”. Commit to something different. Commit to change. Along the journey don’t be afraid to ask for help to pull those weeds and plant healthy seeds. One decision at a time over time will create the lawn (the life) of your dreams. :)

Those are steps in your journey that will help you…

LIVE well. BE well.

What Obstacles in Your Health are Opportunities in Disguise

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George Bernard Shaw once said “People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.” Life is full of obstacles, they will never end. How you react and approach them is what makes the difference between being successful and overcoming them or the obstacles controlling your life. This holds true when it comes to your health, just as in any other part of your life.

Let’s take a look at 5 obstacles many of you may be facing on your “LIVE well. BE well.” journey, and how you might be able to look at it from a different perspective.

  • 1. Lack of Time: This is one of the more common reasons or excuses for not exercising, eating well, or taking care of your health in other ways. Frankly, this is one of the easiest excuses out there, because we are all busy right? The lack of time excuse usually boils down to prioritizing and desire. If you really have a desire to do something deep in your core, you will always find the time. Are you interested in becoming healthy or committed? Decide to be committed, and allow nothing to stop you.

  • 2. Lack of Confidence or Knowledge: You either don’t know where to start, or lack the confidence that you will follow through. When in doubt, ask for help. I’m sure there are plenty of people in your circle of friends that would love to help…and maybe even join you on your journey. When all else fails, use Google. We live in the Information Age where there is a limitless amount of information right at our finger tips.

  • 3. Lack of Money: In many cases this one can be very real, but when it comes to your health there is always a way. You very well may have to be very smart about how you use your available finances, but this should not stop you from being healthy.

  • 4. Old Habits Die Hard: “I’m too old to change”. Have you heard that one? I think we all have. That is something said by someone that actually doesn’t want to change, not that they are too old. Habits are also very real, but with persistence you can overcome any of them and be free from the shackles that were holding you back. Break your old bad habits, and you will be a great example to all your friends and family of what can be.

  • 5. Adequate Support: Sometimes it simply comes down to those around you not supporting you in your health journey. The reality is people who are unhealthy and miserable love to have company. That may sound cold, but you need to live your life for you first and no one else. And some might say that sounds selfish. To which I would ask…who is more equipped to help someone else…one full of energy, resources, and ability…or someone who is exhausted, broke, and unable to help. By taking care of you, you create the opportunity to care for others. Be a shining example of what can happen in your life if you change and embrace a healthy lifestyle.

Whether with your health, or other aspects of your life, when faced with a challenge try and look at it from a new perspective. Ask yourself what you need to do to not only overcome it, but also to gain positive momentum from it. Remember, life is a journey where we are constantly changing and evolving. It will never stay the same. The question is, how are you going to keep changing for the better? Commit to this perspective, and this will help you to…

LIVE well. BE well.