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6 Health Tips To Be Thankful For

In the spirit of Thanksgiving I thought I’d share some tips I’ve learned over the years that I’m thankful for. These tips have made a tremendous difference in my life and the lives of many others I’ve encountered.

1. Spend less on “stuff” and more on experiences. There are only so many things any of us need and often the more we acquire, the less fulfilled we are. I believe like many that spending money on experiences is far more fulfilling and exciting.

2. Simplify. Rather than adding things to our lives, often subtracting things is the key to happiness. This may include ridding ourselves of people that make us feel bad, minimizing bills and/or debt or any number of other possibilities. Eliminating things we no longer need inevitably leads us to better places.

3. Concern yourself only with what you can control. We live in a world with constant struggles, pressures and difficulties. If we focus on too many of them we become overwhelmed, frustrated and often bitter. The best approach is to apply our efforts to the things we can actually control such as in our business and personal lives. This leads to a more positive outlook, confidence and sense of fulfillment.

4. Complain less. Ultimately, complaining is wasted energy and effort. Instead of making excuses or directing blame to others, work on coming up with solutions. Your friends and co-workers will thank you but most importantly, you’ll feel better.

5. Find new challenges. I believe it’s important to continually test yourself in new ways. Sign up for a difficult race, volunteer for a new position, give a presentation or do anything that requires you to step out of your comfort zone. Meeting new challenges raises your confidence and teaches you to become stronger and more effective in everyday life.

6. Do not neglect your health. Ignoring your health such as being inactive, eating poorly or doing nothing about your pain will INEVITABLY end up catch up with you and land you in crisis. Even worse, often times once you’ve reached crisis level you’ll end up with fewer options for correcting your health issues. Become more proactive about exercising, eating better and getting yourself out of pain before it’s too late.

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 find us on Facebook (New Body Chiropractic & Wellness Center) or call (303) 347-9906.

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6 tips for stress relief

6 tips for dealing with stressStress is something that we are all faced to deal with; often on a regular basis. Here are some of my tips for dealing with stress more effectively:

1. Get off your butt. Exercise creates profound physiological changes within the body. Simply going for a walk or hitting the gym for a quick workout can dramatically decrease the stress toll on our bodies. Aside from the physiological benefits, I’ve also found that exercising during stressful times clears the mind enough to find effective solutions to many of the complicated issues we face.

2. Learn to say no! These days we seem to pile more and more things onto our plate each day. While it’s commendable that we want to be involved in so much, there’s potential for us to become overloaded and stressed as a result. Learn to say no to the people or activities that aren’t as important to you and you’ll find you have less stress and a better quality of life.

3. Sleep more. When we neglect sleep it affects us in profound ways, one of which is to become more sensitive to stress. Make sure that you’re getting 6-8 hours of restful sleep per night and you’ll deal with stress much more constructively.

4. Stop glorifying being “busy.” These days it seems that people are always eager to explain how busy they are as a form of validation. Unfortunately the busier we are the more stressed we often become. My personal opinion is that simply doing a bunch of stuff is irrelevant, what matters most is being productive. Instead of trying to stay busy, try to be more productive by delegating more, relying on other experts, developing more efficient systems or pursuing anything that allows you to create your desired outcomes with less time and stress.

5. Keep yourself in the present. A common response to stressful times is to make it worse by either reliving past failures and bad times or by thinking too far into the future and becoming overwhelmed about what is to come. The most effective response to stress is to deal with it as it happens and create solutions for the problems affecting you now.

6. Visit a specialist. As a chiropractor I’ve helped many people with stress over the years. Chiropractors help remove nerve tension which is a main cause of physical and emotional stress. Others I’d recommend for de-stressing are acupuncturists, massage therapists and exercise specialists.

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Feeling tired? Try these tips to increase your energy…

One of the most common symptoms I am asked about by my patients is a lack of energy. Going through life is challenging enough without feeling run down, so here are a few of my tips for increasing your energy.

1. Eat less sugar. When you consume refined sugar (such as in breads, sugary drinks and table sugar) your body must produce large amounts of adrenaline and insulin to remove it from your blood stream. This creates a brief spike in energy followed by a drastic crash. If you reduce your sugar intake you’ll avoid these ups and downs.

2. Exercise more intensely.  Any exercise is ultimately good but if you want to really to raise your energy levels, try upping the intensity. Intense exercise provides amazing physiological benefits such as fat burning, endorphin release and much more. Don’t be the person at the gym that reads the paper for 15 minutes while sitting on a machine, be the one that exerts yourself and leaves sweating and you’ll immediately notice you’re more energetic.

3. Don’t skip breakfast.  Not eating breakfast is the equivalent of trying to drive your car without gas. Avoiding breakfast has been proven to decrease energy levels throughout the day. You don’t need an elaborate breakfast but you should make time for a yogurt, shake or anything quick and healthy to get your energy levels heading in the right direction.

4. Eat more frequently.  Low blood sugar causes immediate and drastic fatigue and is caused when your body goes too long without eating. Select healthy, whole foods like proteins, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, etc and eat them more frequently throughout the day to keep your blood sugar stable and energy constant.

5. Avoid drama. Stressful situations rapidly drain our energy.  We are all forced to deal with stressful situations at times but the key is to avoid the self-inflicted variety. If you’re involved in some drama seemingly every day and you have no energy as a result, it may be time to make some changes.

6. Get some holistic help.  As a chiropractor I have witnessed thousands of my patients improve their energy dramatically after receiving adjustments. Everyday activities such as prolonged sitting, staring at a computer, poor posture, repetitive motions and more all apply stress to the spine which in turn causes nerve irritation. Re-aligning the spine removes nerve pressure allowing your body to operate more efficiently which leads to increased vitality. In addition to regular chiropractic checkups, I also recommend acupuncture and/or massage which are other natural ways to stimulate your body’s energy.

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