As we approach Thanksgiving, I wanted to address the importance of thankfulness in our lives. Most of the time when we are here, it’s so easy to think about the pilgrims and the indians and turkey, etc. I know my kids are coming home from school daily with something they have been working on so that they can be thankful. I think as adults, we run across some problems with that. It’s so unbelievably easy to forget how much we have to be thankful for. Yes, I know that life sucks some times. Some of you may be struggling with job issues, family issues, health issues, and lots of other issues that we face on a consistent basis. I’m not going to pretend they don’t exist. And I know that they wreak havoc on our stress levels. My point is that all of us still have something to be excited about. If you woke up and aren’t 6 feet underground, then you are at least living! Dwelling on the negative things in life never will do you any good. Have you ever seen someone who is depressed? It takes a lot of work to be that way!
So what are some strategies for improving your thankfulness? Try these, see how they work for you.
1. Begin your day with questions like “What am I excited about today?” of “Who loves me and who do I love?” or for me, “How can I improve myself today so that I can help more people grow in their health journey?” Pick things out that work for you. Start with 1 or 2, and grow to 5 or so and constantly remind yourself of the great things that are going on in your life.
2. Never ask “Why?” I know that sounds crazy, but think about it, when something bad happens to you and you ask “Why?” what is your brain going to do? It’s immediately going to fill in with the worst garbage that it can come up with. Never will you be able to come up with something positive in relation to that question. If something bad does happen, try to spin it. Instead of asking “Why?” ask something like “What can I learn from this?” or even “What can I do to make sure this never happens again?” Just a slight change in your questions you ask will change your entire outlook.
3. Work on your posture. We’re going to do a test. This is easy. Do me a favor and get depressed. Look at your posture. Are you slumping more? Is your head dropped? Are your arms out in front of your body? Do you feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders? Notice your breaths? Are they shallow? Now, we’re going to immediately change that because I don’t want you to get stuck that way!!! Now take your arms and stretch them as high as you possibly can! Look up at the ceiling, smile as big as you possibly can, and take 5 deep breaths. Now try to be depressed in this posture! Did you notice something? You can’t do it! Just doint that exercise 3x/day will totally change your attitude. More importantly, it will work to change your posture and improve the overall function of your body which leads to greater health and happiness!!!
Try these strategies and let me know what you think!
Yours in Health,
Dr. James Ashley, DC