Time is elusive. Do you ever catch yourself saying things like Where did the time go?, or Time flies when youre having fun!, and the classic I dont have enough time! Certainly, weve all used one of these phrases at some point or another. This article is about making or taking time for you health.
Time is valuable. Its one of the commodities that nature has provided to all of us which we have no control over yet we get to determine how much its worth. Each second is the same, but how many you get is different. Further, what you do with each is where the secret lies. Taking time for your health is perhaps one of the most valuable uses of time.
My time with my family is worth way more per second than the work that I do or the other activities I pursue. The work that I do is still valuable and there is a related charge, whereas the time with family is priceless. The time I spend doing other things can be free or can cost me in terms of an investment, but it makes the rest of my time that much more enjoyable.
The same can be said for health and wellness. The time that we spend taking care of ourselves can either cost us nothing or cost us a lot, but at the same time make more value of the time we spend doing other things including making it of better quality and perhaps even more income or revenue.
Taking car of yourself, many would argue, never costs you anythingit always brings more in return. It will save you time and money in the long run when you remain focused, productive, pain free and not in need of treatments or care. Staying proactive in choosing your wellness strategies in advance is like being able to shape the future! How much time do you want and what do you want the time to look like?
Lets look at a practical example. Many people find it hard to create the time needed to make meals during the week. From breakfasts when youre running behind, to not being able to prepare a lunch, and then having late nights or busy evenings where making supper just isnt going to happen.
Unfortunately, what that means is that alternatives must be found. Grabbing food on the go can be costly and is more challenging in terms of finding something of nutritious quality. Eating on the run can take more time as you must go out of your way to get somethingwhich means youre eating it faster and always trying to fit it in.
Instead, would it be possible to take time on a Sunday, for example, and prepare some meals in advance? Would it be possible to go to bed 30 minutes earlier, a healthy effort in and of itself, to wake up earlier in the morning for a good breakfast and proper lunch preparation? Would taking the time to do this make the rest of your time during the day of better quality since youre better nourished and living less reactive because you had a good plan?
Taking time for your health always pays you back well. Thats why going to the gym, yoga class, community center with the family or your nearby park with a ball, bat and glove is always a good idea. The 30 to 90 minutes you take every day, yes every day, to get your body moving will keep you moving at work and in life much more effectively than no fitness time at all.
The interesting thing about leverage is that there are ways to do something and gain more benefit in less time with far reaching effects. One of those things is chiropractic care. Because chiropractic care influences your nervous system and your nervous system regulates and controls most every aspect of your body, your return on a 5, 10 or 15-minute chiropractic appointment can save you minutes to hours each day and week in terms of efficiently utilizing every minute you are given.
How could that be, you wonder? When your body is operating at its best, efficiency is the order of the day. Chiropractic improves body function that optimizes its ability to adapt. If you adapt better, you operate better. And operating better each day makes you happy, not to mention less stressed! Now those are good times!
Its been said that every hour of sleep before midnight is like getting two hours after midnight. Missing a meal can mean missing the rest of your day in terms of what you can do well. And replacing that meal with something not good for you only makes that worse. Taking ten minutes to recharge at lunch by focusing on your breathing or just calming your mind can be the difference between running on old acid-filled batteries versus lithium technology!
Time is indeed elusive when we let it slip through our hands. By taking some of the time were given each day and leveraging it with activities and choices that nurture or feed the remaining minutes in the day, we end up with an investment in ourselves that actually gives back more than anything else we could choose to do with our time. Get your sleep, eat well, get adjusted, share some hugs and smiles, enjoy your family, try something new, and time will always be on your side!
Dr. David Koivuranta is a Toronto based chiropractor serving up chiropractic services in Yorkville near Yonge and Bloor. He enjoys a focus on ensuring that the body remains functional throughout life and that good function is supported by food and fitness. Sleep, attitude, weight management, and other factors of good health are all required considerations in moderation to have a balanced life. The body can do so much for us if we dont get in its way. Healing from back pain, neck pain, headaches, and other health problems while improving illnesses like asthma, cardiovascular disease, fibromyalgia, etc. includes a focus on lifestyle factors and a healthy nervous system. Contact Dr. Dave at 416-960-9355, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.chiropractorintoronto.ca, or at https://www.facebook.com/dkchiro/
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