September 2015

7 Tips for dealing with tough times

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Difficult times will happen to us all. They can be emotional, physical, job-related, personal or take many other forms. Below are 7 strategies I’ve found effective for dealing with tough times of any kind.

1. Focus on solutions. Unfortunately life is not a linear curve of happiness and successes. There will be times when things will just not go right. Rather than dwelling too much on emotions, think about and focus on solutions.

2. Don’t quit. When facing difficult circumstance there is a temptation to quit or stop giving the same effort. Many great accomplishments are won by attrition – so refuse to stop showing up and giving all you have because you never know when things will suddenly turn in your favor.

3. Remember your why. Tough times are road blocks on the way to fulfilling goals – weight loss, happiness, promotions, sobriety, etc. To prevent yourself from quitting, never forget why you’re going after that goal. One of my most powerful “whys” are my children – as long as the goal involves helping them or being a better role model for them than nothing stops me.

4. Compartmentalize and prioritize. Tough times often involve the buildup of many things happening at once, leading to a daunting feeling of having too much to handle. I find it best to pick the most important task and give it all I have until it’s completed (if possible). During that time I give no thought to the other tasks on my plate because it will only distract my focus and efficiency.

5. Take a time out. When we’re facing difficult circumstances there is a tendency to carry negative feelings with us like baggage. In order to avoid having these feelings overwhelm us, it is important to have some place or some time to get away from them. For me, when I’m with my two sons I refuse to let outside stresses affect our time together. Secondly, I use long runs as a way to clear my head and get away for a while.

6. Focus on a reward. Sometimes the best way to get you through a tough time is to focus on some sort of prize at the end. This past weekend I ran a grueling 31 mile race and was in pain for much of it. To keep me moving forward I focused on how I would enjoy myself after the race – eating a certain food, going to see a movie I’d been dying to see and watching football and relaxing the next day. Rewarding yourself can make enduring tough times easier.

7. Get a new perspective. When we’re feeling overwhelmed our world can feel microscopic. This leads to a limited perspective and too much time in our own heads. I’ve found helpful to have someone I trust to act as a sounding board and then give me an objective opinion. More often than not, their honest feedback helps shift me back into a big picture focus.

Dr. Kenney has won multiple awards for “Best Chiropractor” and specializes in helping patients achieve their goals of better health and pain relief. For more information please visit www.NewBodyChiro.com, find us on Facebook (New Body Chiropractic & Wellness Center) or call (303) 347-9906.

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Are you committed to a great outcome? Ask yourself these 4 questions.

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In life there are goals we know we can reach and those that we have a desire to reach but will not come easily. For the latter there are steps that must be taken and questions that need to be asked if we’re ever to get there. Today I’d like to share 4 steps I feel are crucial to achieving any major personal, professional or athletic goal.

1. Find your why. Motivation and inspiration are great for getting started. However, they are often easily forgotten once things start getting challenging or serious. Before you set out to achieve any goal you must honestly answer the question of why you want to achieve it. Is it money? Family? Self satisfaction? A desire to improve yourself? Once you’ve nailed down your why, quitting no longer becomes an option because your goal is personally tied to you in a more profound way which makes you willing to do whatever is necessary to achieve it.

2. Be willing to pay the price. To achieve anything worthwhile you’re going to have to sacrifice. I’ve had people ask me to help them lose weight in one sentence and then tell me they’re not giving up certain foods or habits in the next. These people will never succeed. The people that accomplish big things are those that are willing to adopt new strategies, eliminate old habits, adopt new ways of thinking, work harder, eliminate certain comforts and take risks.

3. Challenge your limit. Our society is set up for comfort and to a degree we all need it. However, overcoming challenges that fall outside of our comfort zone is ultimately what makes us more resilient and helps take us from “good” to “great”. Each and every time you push yourself out of a physical or emotional comfort zone your capacity for success grows by re-defining what you once thought of as difficult or normal. For example, your body tries to budget your energy output so it begins producing signs of fatigue at about 60% of your max physical output. If you never challenge that limit you will always get tired around the same time. However, if you aggressively push through that threshold and do your best to expend every bit of energy possible, your body develops a new frame of reference for what tired is. This will train your body to go past that 60% mark allowing you to create more speed, endurance and power going forward. Challenging any limit physically or emotionally works exactly the same way.

4. If you’re stalled, get help. On the path to a goal it is not uncommon to find ourselves stuck due to lack of knowledge, lack of experience, personal baggage or old habits. Sometimes we simply just don’t know what we don’t know. Rather than quit or begin making excuses, enlist the help of someone that can help you. Those with experience that have overcome problems you’re having are excellent examples of people that can assist you when your momentum stalls. Admitting you need help to achieve a goal does not make you weak; rather it is a sign of how committed you truly are.

Dr. Kenney has won multiple awards for “Best Chiropractor” and specializes in helping patients achieve their goals of better health and pain relief. For more information please visit www.NewBodyChiro.com, find us on Facebook (New Body Chiropractic & Wellness Center) or call (303) 347-9906.

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