You’ve likely seen a number of people trumpeted as having the perfect body. But for each one, they have their dirty secrets, that something they would change given an opportunity. That deep seeded quirk in thinking about something that no one else sees is not something they can fix anymore than that one you wish to “fix.” Stop, you’ll never be perfect.
Even when you make a goal and achieve it, it will still fall short as you may have aged a week or two, a month or even a year and have made that accomplishment fall short by simply living each day.
- Ignore the media. Numerous countries have legislated their unwillingness to see “perfection” that is far too skinny. Publications outside of these countries have chosen to not allow this unhealthy demonstration from available models on an editorial level. Why would you want to become illegal?
- Try something/someone new You know you they are, that one that looks great that makes you feel worse (?). Invite them to lunch, let them choose the restaurant; no harm comes from reconnecting with an old friend. Variety is “the spice of life,” sometimes Cambodian food and new company can get you out of your head for a few hours.
- Are you a statistician? What does your body mass index really mean? People in mountain climates are evolutionarily short. Saves them the trouble of being blown off a mountain pass for no reason beyond unnecessary height. The BMI Index makes about as much sense as a standardized test for a three-year olds. 44D and skinny-legged scores well on the BMI, but good luck with life.
- Host a garage sale if only to get rid of your scale. Scales quantify fluctuations. Read an article about drinking water, good on you, you likely should drink more water, but stay off the scale. You know your body, act like it already. You know you’re losing weight; you need a number this second?
- I’m funny but I’m no ___________. Don’t do that. Someone will always be better; they are called experts, peers, mentors and most often, strangers. There are no comparisons that exist between two humans that are valid. Maybe twins, but you’re likely freaked out by them as well.
- Get up. Unless you live in Shanghai on a bad smog day, when you feel bad go chase your neighbors’ cat. Walk around the block. Do eleven pushups and then twelve when you feel the next need. Moving makes you feel good.
Most people perceive childhood as a time free from worry when we are able to do pretty much as we please. However there is an increasing amount of pressure placed on children today. Some children suffer extreme stress due to the pace of modern life, pressure to sign up to extra sports and activities, a problematic home life, and dealing with pressure from parents and peers.
Worryingly today’s children display increasing incidences of anxiety, ADHD and depression than previous generations. Warning signs of anxiety include irritability, sadness or bad behavior. Other red flags include trouble sleeping, poor concentration, bad temper, mood swings, and disciplinary problems at school.
If your child displays any of these signs they could stand to benefit from treatment, be it biochemical or psychological. However if you would rather not medicate your offspring, consider these alternative treatments that are both healthy and natural.
- Play Outside! It might seem obvious but there are plenty of benefits to getting some fresh air. As well as improving your child’s mood, exposure to bright light actually increases the amount of mood-lifting chemicals that are produced in the brain. This is one reason why many people report feeling happier in the summer. A lack of exposure to sunlight can lead to symptoms that are similar to those suffered by people with a vitamin deficiency. Another important point is that exercise releases serotonin and adrenalin in the body, both of which are chemicals that make us feel good. In fact the CDC found that exercise is linked to better academic performance, achievement and behavior, as well as attentiveness and concentration in class. Physical activity has also been linked to lower levels of stress and anxiety, as well as improved self-esteem, in children and young adults.
- Get Optimal Nutrition.The old adage that you only get out what you put in holds true with nutrition. If you feed your child junk food that is full of preservatives and other chemicals, you shouldn’t be surprised if their mood suffers. However if you feed your children a healthy, varied diet you could see an upturn in their mood. The following nutrients are all important in a balanced diet. If you aren’t sure how to build them into your child’s meal plan, ask your wellness chiropractor for advice.
- Protein-rich foods help to create chemicals that keep us alert with high energy levels. Good sources of protein include poultry, meat, fish and eggs. Vegetarians should eat cheese, legumes, milk, and tofu.
- Fatty acids help our nerves transmit messages to the brain, and are therefore important in boosting our mood. Get your fatty acid fix from cold-water fish, including salmon and tuna, as well as flaxseed oils, green vegetables and some vegetable oils.
- Vitamins and minerals. Studies show that B vitamins are influential in both the development and function of our brains. Fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables, dairy and meat are all good sources of Vitamin B.
- Limit processed foods. While some food groups are recommended, others should be avoided. Processed foods are known to contain sugars which are responsible for mood swings.
- Improve Nerve Function!According to two recent studies, chiropractic care for children can provide health benefits in a safe way. Parents reported noticing improved functioning of the immune system, better sleep patterns and more stable moods. ADHD is now one of the most widely reported mental health disorders in children, and parents are increasingly turning to “alternative” methods of treatment instead of psychoactive drugs. One such treatment is chiropractic care, which stems from the idea that ADHD is a disorder related to the central nervous system. Recent studies have suggested that chiropractic treatment for ADHD could become an important alternative treatment.
According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), there is evidence that the practice of chiropractic has been widespread way back since the beginning of recorded history. In fact, even Hippocrates, Greek physician and widely considered father of modern medicine, once declared that “knowledge of the spine” is a “requisite for many diseases.”
In the United States, the most prominent figure in chiropractic care is Daniel David Palmer.
The year 1895 is a pivotal year in the history of chiropractic because this was the year when Palmer planted the roots of a then unknown technique in Iowa. He gained recognition for his assertion that all diseases could be removed by the sole use of his hands. Indeed, the word “chiropractic” literally means “done by hand.” Popular chiropractic history even has it that Palmer allegedly cured a janitor of his deafness by manipulating the nerves on his neck.
While acknowledging the fact that spinal manipulation was not an entirely new technique, Palmer was the first to “use specific contacts as short-leverage points for making more specific spinal adjustments.” Palmer was also a believer in the key role of a “spiritual life force” in the preservation and pursuit of good health. Borrowing from the principles of vitalism, Palmer created “innate intelligence” which he defined as flowing “from the brain to the rest of the body through the spinal cord and peripheral nerves.”
In 1897, he established the Palmer School of Chiropractic where many of his first students were medical students exploring a new field in healing techniques.
By 1974, chiropractic licensing was finalized in all U.S. states. After years of discord and conflict with conventional medicine practitioners, chiropractic, as we know it today, forms part of interdisciplinary practices wherein professional chiropractors and medical professionals work together towards the common goal of patient care.
In fact, among alternative and complementary treatments available, chiropractic is one of the most preferred in the U.S. On average, more than 20 million Americans visit a chiropractor annually to seek relief from back and joint pains caused by injury, accidents or muscle strain.