Dr. Bell's Blog

It's a New Year....Will It Be a New You?

Every year around this time, people everywhere are say "this is the year I am going to_____________" (fill in the blank). Generally this includes losing weight, getting organized, staying fit, quitting smoking, etc..  They always start with good intentions, but rarely have legs past a certain period of time.  The scary part is statistics show that a full 25% don't even stick with their resolution through 1 week (that is unbelievable!), and 54% don't make it past 6 months. There are many good reasons for this, and I won't bore you to tears with the details, but it mostly comes down to the fact that our habits run our lives (whether good or bad). It is important that you remember to be patient when trying to form a new habit.  Change can comes with its ups and downs, but you can't give up. Breaking bad habits takes time, and more so, real commitment. As a general rule it is said that it takes a minimum of 28 days to break a habit.  

Be consistent and persistent, but be patient.

When it comes to the health of your body this is never more evident.  The #1 new years resolution is weight loss.  Getting healthier is something that many know they should do, but their bad habits are holding them back.  Famous life coach and speaker Tony Robbins once said "The secret to success is learning how to use pain and pleasure, instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you're in control of your life.  If you don't, life controls you." We know what we should do, but many times the perceived pain of changing our habits, outweighs the pleasure of improving our health

Everyday I see people in the office that have the opportunity to take control over the health of their body by improving their lifestyle and taking consistent care of their spine and nervous system.  Some do, but many after a short time fall back into their bad habits and let their problems control their life. My job is not to chastise those who fall back into their bad habits, but to love them and lift them back up with encouragement to follow through with getting and STAYING healthy.  

Be grateful for the health that you have been blessed with, but make it a commitment today to make 2016 the healthiest year of your life!

Happy New Year!!!!

LIVE well. BE well.