Alright everyone, it’s that time of year again where everyone starts mapping out the new year…what to do, what not to do, what could I have been done better last year, did I achieve all of my resolutions, if I didn’t, is it possible I could achieve them this year coming? I feel for too many people this can be very stressful, and can almost set them up for failure in the new year, and be ever more depressing. This whole downward spiral can occur in the blink of a second, so many people just decide not to set ANY goals for themselves in the upcoming year. Notice how I said “goals”, as I did last year too! Maybe it is because I have an athletic background, but I really feel the word “goal” sets better with me than the word “resolution”. So, call it whatever you want, but for the remainder of my topic today, GOALS it will be!
I feel that last year I was able to attain many of my goals, but there were a few that did trail off and that got away from me…my weekly stretching, weekly yoga, monthly maintenance in regards to acupuncture, and lack of sleep. The other 7-8 goals were achieved in 2016, which I was proud of myself for, but I really want to focus this year on these few that got away from me.
I am not sure why stretching more regularly got away from me this year. Being a chiropractor and all, and preaching mobility exercises to my patients’ day in and day out, you would think this wouldn’t be an issue for me, lol. Maybe it is like the story of the shoe maker’s children…one would think that their children would go to school with the best shoes, but they were usually the one’s wearing the beat up falling apart shoes. So, maybe after preaching mobility day in and day out, I just grew tired of it and didn’t want to stretch. That being said, I do my foam rolling pretty regularly, and shoulder and upper back activation exercises, but that darn stretching was not at the top of my list this past year! So, in 2017, STRETCHING is going to be at the top of my list. With our busy lifestyles, and many of us driving multiple hours a week, sitting behind our computers doing work day in and day out, hovering over our phones rounding our shoulders texting, sending emails, and scrolling through FB and Instagram, it is more important than ever that we are be better about stretching.
That being said and leading to my next goal, yoga, more yoga! Talking about stretching and really helping to open up the body, why did I get off track from that in 2016? The only thing I can think of is when summer hit, I did not want to be inside any more than I had too, and towards the end of the summer when I was trying to get back into yoga, I did have a series of family events come into play that altered a lot of the free time I would have had. I know, I know, still not a good excuse, but it is an excuse, and I am using it based on the circumstances. I have recognized it, and now have to move forward to achieve this goal in 2017! I even spoke with the owner of Spirit Bear Power Yoga, Christy, in downtown Natick, and she has welcomed me to return and get back on track. It is a wonderful quaint studio, and for me, the location is key, so NO excuses to not get back on track. I really felt an incredible difference attending yoga once a week in regards to my posture. Though I am not behind a computer as often as many people are with their jobs, I still spend a fair amount of time doing office work on the computer, plus bending over patients all day long.
Acupuncture…I see a wonderful practitioner, Kim Griffin, and a colleague of hers from time to time, Betty Woo, at Darcy’s Wellness Clinic, in downtown Natick as well. Now, I haven’t completely fallen off the wagon this past year, and have probably managed to go every couple of months or so, where normally I would go monthly. I have no excuse for this one, other than just not making the time. I have made the time monthly for my chiropractic adjustments and massage, but not for acupuncture. So, enough is enough, this needs to be much of a priority as anything, and I always feel so much better when I leave the clinic.
Lastly, sleep. Ugh. I don’t know where to begin, other then I run out of time to get everything done in a day. I need to be better about getting more sleep, I really do, and most of us probably do. This goal is going to have to come in baby steps I am afraid. At least I am being honest in recognizing this, so that is half the battle I think. I made a goal in the month of December to minimize being on my phone in bed or right before bed. I must say, I was able to hold myself accountable most of December. I am going to challenge myself to continue to do this throughout 2017 as well. My other goal is to and get to bed 15 minutes or a half hour earlier then I normally do most nights. I figure if I start small and can attain this, I can then start taking bigger strides. Sleep really is so important, and so underestimated with everything. From being able to focus better throughout the day, helping the body heal from injuries and sickness, I could go on and on about the importance of sleep, another time…
So, there you all have it, I guess this is a list of four goals I challenge myself to improve upon in 2017, and are all so important in regards to my overall health and wellbeing. I challenge you all to sit down and really think about what you want your goals to be in the upcoming year. Remember, start small and stay positive! You can achieve anything you set your mind to (isn’t that a famous quote or something?). Cheers to 2017!