Quality of Life

‘Tis the Season – So Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff!

Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic – Let the Healing Begin!

There is no doubt that our state of well being can be influenced by stress.  And while stress is not seasonal, the holiday season is one where there are extra demands on our time and expectations run high.  It is also the season where we might not eat as well or get as much rest as we normally would.

So here are some tips that will not only help you get through the holiday season, but help ensure wellness all year long and over a lifetime.
1.    Eat a fresh fruit and/or vegetable before each meal.  It will help fill you up, hydrate you and provide valuable nutrients.
2.    Supplement with a healthy fish oil and vitamin C.
3.    Commit to 20 minutes of physical activity today!
4.    Fill your water bottle with herbal, unsweetened tea such as green or peppermint to keep you hydrated.
5.    Relax before going to bed by reading, meditating or listening to quiet music.
6.    Reduce your physical stress – stretch, breathe, and get a chiropractic adjustment!

With best wishes in health for the holiday season and in the New Year!

Active Transportation in Surrey – Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic Clinic

Take the Time to be Healthier

Active transportation is any sort of transportation powered by YOU – walking, cycling, using a wheelchair, in-line skating or skateboarding. There are many ways to use active transportation in your daily life, whether it is walking to the bus stop, or cycling even part way to school or work.

Before you leave home to run that errand or get yourself or your kids to work or school, maybe ask yourself if driving there is necessary… could you walk or bike instead? If the weather’s nice and you’re going nearby, chances are you could easily choose a form of active transportation, save gas, money, get healthier and increase quality time with your kids.  Maybe it means leaving a little earlier, but often it doesn’t take much to change up the usual routine.

In our community, the City of Surrey Greenways plan encourages “active transportation” as part of its sustainable transportation plan for the community and as a key component of an active, healthy lifestyle.  Check out the Greenway routes here.

 

What a Difference a Stair Makes – Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic Clinic

These Stairs don't Move - You Do

Walking up stairs is one of the best-kept secrets in preventive medicine

What’s so great about taking the stairs, you ask?

Taking the stairs instead of the lift could reduce the risk of dying young by 15 per cent, a study has suggested. (Click to read the study conducted by researchers at the university of Geneva.)

Canadian researchers have also done their homework and monitored 17 healthy men either walking on flat surfaces, lifting weights, or climbing stairs. Stair climbing was most demanding and was found to be twice as challenging as brisk walking on the level and 50%  harder than walking up a steep incline or lifting weights.

Because stair climbing is so taxing, only the very young at heart should attempt to charge up long flights. But at a slow, steady pace, stairs can be a health plus for the rest of us. Begin modestly with a flight or two, and then add more as you improve. Take the stairs whenever you can; if you have a long way to go, walk part way, and then switch to an elevator. Use the railing for balance and security, and don’t try the stairs after a heavy meal or if you feel unwell.    

Read more about Stairs as a Fitness Tool in the health section of the NY Times.

Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic – Wellness Series Part 2 of 3

Is wellness physical health?  Quality of life?  Freedom from pain?

Health and wellness is all of these things.  Scientists have studied the lifestyles and genetics of people in history, from different cultures and environments to help understand health and longevity. This month the Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic blog is focusing on wellness.

Welcome to part two of this three part series, a focus on quality of life.

“Quality of life” is a term used to evaluate the well-being of individuals and communities. It describes how people feel about the environment in which they live, work  and play – and while the definition may differ according to levels of income, social status, health and/or living conditions, these factors don’t necessarily relate to an individual’s level of happiness.

Without trying to sound too much like an infomercial, do you want more peace of mind?  Do you long for more in control of your life?  Do you want to be excited by the possibilities each day brings when you leap out of bed in the morning?  Could you use  greater financial security or a better job?  Do you wish your life was abundant with healthy, happy relationships and energy enough to be active every day?

Sure! Who wouldn’t?  The reality is that life is often stressful. Here are 4 ideas to make small (and BIG) changes in your life that will increase your quality of life:

1)  Change what you think.  How often do you respond to life’s struggles in a negative way?  Think of ways that you have responded to the challenges life presented in the last month or so.   Can you re-think “life is hard” and approach each day with a new attitude that “life is an adventure”?  Changing what you think will change the way you feel, and eventually the way you act.

2)  Change your surroundings.  Where you live, where you work, where you play should be mostly comfortable, positive and even inspiring.  And that includes the people you interact with. Put your energy and effort into positive people and make sure your environment impacts you in a positive way.  That could mean applying for a new job, painting your kitchen or cleaning the closets.

3)  Change your level of intensity.  Do you live life at a snail’s pace?  Or are you always moving at lightning speed?  Maybe you need to speed up a little so that you aren’t bogged down with the same old routines… or maybe you need to put the brakes on once in a while and see what you’ve been missing.  Either way, you will find that you do more, and enjoy more.

4)  Change the way you look.  A new haircut or a fitness regime can inspire you to apply for a new job posting at work or make you feel more confident when you look in the mirror.

Finding ways to make small, positive changes can result in big life changes.   And that can change everything!

Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic Clinic welcomes feedback and insight for those who have improved their quality of life, whether or not you are a chiropractic patient at Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic or another chiropractic clinic.

Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic 604.507.9929.