In today’s world, most of us are under a fair amount of stress. Stress comes in many forms. There are emotional stresses, physical stresses, as well as chemical stresses. DD Palmer, the Founder of Chiropractic referred to them as the three T’s: Thoughts, Traumas, and Toxins. Unfortunately, we cannot escape this reality. However, we can choose how we react and respond to our environments.

The following “POWER” series is being shared with you to empower you to help reclaim your health now and in the future. A few subtle lifestyle habits, you can skyrocket your well-being and unlock your true health potential.

The Power of Habits:

A clear environment allows for clear thought! There is a saying “if you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there”. I also like “If you fail to plan, plan to fail”.

Having well-planned habits help take out the guesswork in your day and can be very influential in fulfilling your good intentions. Good habits allow you to live up to your potential. The following are a few suggestions to get the ball rolling for you. Some you may already be doing. The most important action is to do it and be consistent.

1) Make your bed every morning: although very simplistic, it does have huge implications. For one, it starts your day with a victory. It can serve as your first accomplishment of the day. It can also make going to bed more relaxing. I heard a Navy Seal once say “If you make your bed daily, no matter what challenges the day may bring, you get to sleep in a bed that you made”!

2) Drink a tall glass of water as soon as possible upon waking. This helps hydrate your brain, prepare your digestive tract, assist in elimination and improve hydration. This will help your energy as the day begins.

3) Light stretching/exercises. These can be simple. Elongating and stretching your body in bed. Standing up and taking your body through passive ranges of motion (as described in the suggested readings of “Rays of the Dawn”, available in the office. We also suggest your daily Spinal Hygiene Movement. (Please check out our website for more information. We carry Spinal Hygiene kits in our office)

4) Try to go to bed at a consistent time daily. The body responds to rhythm and routine. You will have a more restful night's sleep and wake up more alert. We also strongly suggest no screen time 30 minutes before bed. Electronics before bed significantly affects brain activity and sleep patterns. (Never put your cell phone under your pillow while you sleep!)

As most of you have heard me say in the past, EAT WELL… MOVE WELL… THINK WELL…

Dr. Stuart Katzen

Dr. Stuart Katzen

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