What do you look forward to when you wake up in the morning? Is it the smell of coffee brewing? An energizing shower? Breakfast? Are these things different by mid-day? Do you look forward to a walk at lunch time? A gym session? Games with friends or family?
I encourage you to ponder these questions and consider what really revs your engine throughout the day. Once you have determined which activities are consistent from week to week, you can use this information to jump start or improve your wellness routine.
My patients typically have poor posture. You may be saying “well that is an awfully big generalization, Elizabeth!” But it is a fact none the less. Less than 10% of my patients are coming to see me because of a traumatic or post surgical event. Hence, most of them are in need of therapy but more importantly lifestyle modification. Simply having a professional complete an assessment of your body, how it moves, how stable and strong it is, and how the summation of parts either limits or helps paint the big picture. Something as simple as practicing good posture daily when you eat meals, or standing up straight and doing stability exercises while waiting in line or for the popcorn to pop MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Subtle modifications in your day to day activities can have a significant impact on you being able to DO all the things that really excite you.
If mobility and pain are limiting factors in your day, I would highly encourage you to reach out to a professional in your area. Find out your ailment can be successfully treated or managed with that type of care (if not get a referral, or try a different specialty) and start doing all the things you want to do.
Nothing pains me more as a therapist than folks saying they can’t do this that or the other thing because they are out of shape, or too heavy, or no time etc. I have heard it all before…the thing to take away is that, there are always things we can modify and adapt to make a difference. A “full life shuffle” doesn’t have to turn your world upside down and doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Just take the first step and ask for some help and direction. There are plenty of people who would love to share their knowledge and experience with you.