Happiness and Health

AND HOW IT AFFECTS YOUR LIFE
AND THOSE AROUND YOU
Dr. Christian’s Wellness Wisdom

Following all the positive feedback from last week’s ‘wellness wisdom’, I wanted to share with you some great insights from a book I read last summer, called The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want by Sonja Lyubomirsky. I have saved you time by writing this, but I would still highly recommend you read this book.

In a world that is busy… and only becoming busier by the moment… with a society that can potentially drag you down, it is crucial that you find peace and happiness to experience renewed and greater levels of health. Therefore, I want to help you by sharing Happiness-Enhancing Strategies that will literally save you becoming like everyone else! Today, commit to just 2 of the strategies below for the next month and watch how your life and health become filled with vitality and wellness!

1. Counting your blessings (Chapter 4). Expressing gratitude for what you have (either privately – through contemplation or journaling – or to someone close) or conveying your appreciation to an individual whom you’ve never properly thanked.

2. Cultivating optimism (Chapter 4). Keep a journal in which you imagine and write about the best possible future for yourself, or practicing to look at the bright side of every situation. Remember, what you focus on becomes your reality!

3. Avoiding over-thinking and social comparison (Chapter 4). Using strategies (such as distraction) to cut down on how often you dwell on your problems and compare yourself to others. Mindfit sessions at the BodyWell Group are very effective ways to overcome this.

4. Practicing acts of kindness (Chapter 5). Doing good things for others, whether friends or strangers, either directly or anonymously, either spontaneously or planned. This shifts a behaviour conditioned to focus on “problem solving” and “the negative” to take different path and focus on doing good in life. Remember, we shape our world.

5. Nurturing relationships (Chapter 5). Picking a relationship in need of strengthening, and investing time and energy in healing, cultivating, affirming, and enjoying it. It will surround you with positive and loving relationships.

6. Learning to forgive (Chapter 6). Keeping a journal or writing a letter in which you work on letting go of anger and resentment towards one or more individuals who have hurt or wronged you. It will free your mind from negativity.

7. Doing more activities that truly engage you (Chapter 7). Increasing the number of experiences at home and work in which you “lose” yourself, which are challenging and absorbing. It is better to be overwhelmed and making a difference in the world than being underwhelmed and underachieving. The BodyWell Group’s Total Life Conditioning MasterClass is a great place to learn how to achieve everything you want and still achieve balance in your life.

8. Replaying and savouring life’s joys (Chapter 7). Paying close attention, taking delight, and going over life’s past pleasures.

9. Committing to your goals (Chapter 8). Picking one, two, or three significant goals that are meaningful to you and devoting time and effort to pursuing them. The BodyWell Group’s Goal Setting MasterClass will help you set a plan to achieve your goals 100% of the time and surround yourself with greater fulfillment.

10. Developing strategies for coping (Chapter 6). Practicing ways to endure or surmount a recent stress, hardship, or trauma. Ask about how we can teach you to reduce stress in your body and what a series of Mindfit sessions can do to radically reduce stress in your life. A course of 20-minute sessions get proven results. And if you can carve out another 30 minutes, book a seat at The BodyWell MasterClass for Mastering Stress.

11. Practicing spirituality (Chapter 9). Becoming more connected to the ‘higher power’ that exists within the universe. Whether you refer to it as God or a Universal Intelligence, it does exist. Ask us about some easy reading, thought provoking and spiritually themed books that will provide insight into life itself and how you can become more aware of the power within. Learn more at the MasterClass which gives you great insight into “The Doctor Within”.

12. Taking care of your body (Chapter 9). Engaging in physical activity, eating raw organic food, meditating, smiling and laughing. Ask our team about trainings readily available to help you Think Well, Eat Well, Move Well & Choose Well.

It’s Your Life, Go For It And Share It With Others To Make A Difference In Their Life Too!
Dr. Christian BAppSc(ClinSc); BCSc; FCBP; M.A.O.
Chiropractor (Australia); Wellness Doctor (UK)
For more information call 01227 789 977 or visit www.bodywellgroup.com

Who Do I See For My Health?

Dr. Christian’s Weekly Wellness Wisdom

The answer to this question may seem obvious, BUT IS IT?kids

This weeks’ wisdom was borne from a new patient who started under care with us only 12 weeks ago and on his first consultation said, “I am so fed up with being pushed from pillar to post, fed pills and still no answers. Who do I see for my health?”

Heard something like that before… or experienced it? Read on and see what you can do to prevent being placed in this situation.

Just imagine if you strolled into your GPs practice and said “Hi Doc, I have come for some advice on how to stay as healthy as possible and be as well as I can be.” OR…

…“I want to know what I can do to get my body into peak physical condition, nutritionally balanced and my mind clear and strong.”

What do you think your GP would say? If there is an uncomfortable silence, you have probably got your answer. You are in the wrong place.

Our valued, hardworking and committed GPs are doing everything they can to treat symptoms, combat sickness and fight disease. They are trapped in a way of thinking that leads to 3 things they can do TO HELP YOU – medication, referral for tests and/or referral to see a specialist. In fact, your GP has one more option – they can do nothing.

After tests results are received, a specialist or consultant also has 3 main options available to them TO HELP YOU – medication, injections or surgery. In fact, your consultant also has one more option – they can do nothing too.

To “do nothing” actually may be the best option in many cases because medicine is one of the greatest causes of preventable death in the UK, from deaths caused from prescription medication, deaths from unnecessary surgery, mistakes, errors (the list is very long)… all better known as medical iatrogenesis.

I am not highlighting this to try and make a ‘cheap shot’ at medicine because I believe it has a very important and sometimes life-saving role in society. Accident and Emergency (A&E) is a godsend as it literally saves lives. My point is this: medicine is not for health. It is merely a treatment of symptoms, sickness and disease.

Of course a GP and other specialists can refer to other therapists to provide you with assistance, which is usually temporary, but honestly, there is VERY LITTLE they can do TO HELP YOU to become as healthy as possible. That is not their fault. You have probably assumed that they should know? But that would be like expecting a plumber to know how to do your electrics. GPs are NOT trained in health. Really! They are trained to understand symptoms, sickness and disease… and how to treat it.

With less than 3 months training in nutrition and even less in exercise physiology and understanding the mind-body connection, your GP is definitely not going to be able to help you with your health. With limited training about the nervous system and unfortunately, spending far more time understanding disease and the use of pharmaceuticals, medical doctors are “sickness doctors” who are trained to diagnose your condition, treat symptoms and disease (in an attempt to help you) which often leads to you becoming dependent on some form of prescription medication.

The PROBLEM: Sickness and disease is caused by the lack of health, not from the lack of pills.

The SOLUTION: To prevent suffering and becoming ill, you need to focus on your health. Just look at what the healthiest people are doing and learn from them.

Have you ever noticed, healthy people don’t get sick… something to think about…

So what are the healthy people doing then?

If you want someone to attend to the cause of your problem, help you to return to the best of health and achieve greater levels of overall wellness, start looking to consult regularly with a doctor who does exactly that. They will also be equipped with the most up-to-date technology and everything you need to know about optimal performance, healing potential, nutrition, exercise and physical conditioning, mental strength and reducing stress.

BEST OF HEALTH TIP:

Take a look at the health status of the doctor you consult. Are they radiating with abundant health and wellness? Do they walk their talk? Do they spend time educating you about how to get well and most importantly, stay well? Do they regularly re-evaluate you to monitor your progress? Do they lead by example? If so, you are in the right place.

It’s Your Health, Enjoy the Best of It!
Dr. Christian BAppSc(ClinSc); BCSc; FCBP; M.A.O.
Chiropractor (Australia); Wellness Doctor (UK)
For more information call 01227 789 977 or visit www.bodywellgroup.com