Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot
On Fridays I like to share some of the experiences I’ve had during the week with patients and in my personal life that I’ve found significant in some way. I like to share them in hopes that you might find value in them and have something resonate with you in your life.
“If you need to come back more than once doesn’t that mean chiropractic doesn’t work?” A patient mentioned to me that her husband told her that if you need to go back to a chiropractor more than once, that was proof it didn’t work. She did not agree but asked for my thoughts.
What I told her was that if that criterion was true of chiropractic than it was also true of dentistry, physical therapy, acupuncture, massage therapy, personal training, and many other examples. In general, the things that are best for your health and body are not meant to be done once – exercise, stretching, brushing your teeth, showering, you name it. Even allopathic treatments such as taking medications or chemotherapy for example are not meant to be done once.
Best parenting tip? With Father’s Day having just passed, I was asked by a friend what my number one parenting tip would be. My answer is that my number 1 goal is to raise my children to have confidence in themselves. How I achieve that varies from child to child but in general factors like maintaining positivity, pointing out strengths, assisting with weaknesses, being honest, communicating well, and setting a good example with my own actions are all crucial.
The goal is to raise children so that they believe in themselves enough to make good decisions. I did not grow up confident in myself and every poor decision I made in my younger years can be traced back to that in some way. Confident children are more likely to become leaders, avoid peer pressure, seek bigger goals, achieve more, be less likely to depend on drugs or alcohol, and so much more. It’s not always easy to get kids to be confident but it will be worth it.
Something I often notice. Time and again I notice that some of the most stressed people I encounter are some of the least organized and have no routine. Stress comes at us from many directions, and some is out of our control. What is under our control though is how we structure our days and time. “Winging it” for people that tend to be anxious is a recipe for more worry. Building a routine that addresses an efficient way of accomplishing what needs to get done each day will create “wins” as things are done rather than stress as they’re not. You are also likely to notice that you carve out much more time for yourself as things get completed faster. If you’re stressed, look at your routine and how it’s affecting you.
Something cool. I’ve been running a few miles each morning before work pushing my daughter in a jogging stroller. I’ve been using some of the same routes and I began to see the same group of 4 African American women probably in their early 70’s each day. I started saying hello to them and joking with them which they liked. Now I see them on almost every run and these young ladies cheer for me (and my daughter) like I’m finishing an Olympic marathon. They always make me smile and it makes my day every time I see them!
Some quotes I love.
“You can’t win when you’re surrounded by losers. You can’t lose when you’re surrounded by winners.” – Ian Smith
“I trained 4 years to run 9 seconds and people give up when they don’t see results in 2 months.” – Usain Bolt
“A son who is loved by his father becomes a father who loves his son.”
“Almost all bitterness is wanting someone else to fulfill something for you that you can only now give to yourself: forgiveness, integrity, compassion, action.” – Brendon Burchard
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