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…