Over the past couple weeks I have been talking about the holiday season and how it can be stressful and affect your health, and also how we are already a couple weeks into the new year and resolution/goal season. This particular time of year is interesting to me because we start the holidays with hopefully a giving mindset, and then transition to a mindset more focused on ourselves for the resolutions. If your resolution is based on serving others that is amazing, but there is another side to that which we are going to talk about today.
I believe that serving others is very important for our own health. It takes the focus off you and what may be upsetting you, and for me it is usually little things that don’t matter in the big picture. When focusing on helping people it really makes you appreciate everything more. There is so much great information out there about the importance of service, for example the bible. Serving is one of the core principles of chiropractic, and I believe this really separates our profession from others. Throughout our history we as a profession have always done everything we can to reach people with this amazing gift, even if it means setting up a table at a fair to talk to people, having events, running ads, or even offering initial exam discounts. These practices are not usually found in other health care professions, and I know it may make me look different, but it is always about reaching that 1 person who may have never had the opportunity to experience chiropractic care that will change their life.
There is a Balance
I feel like I’m being honest about many things writing this today, so I’m just going to say it, I’ve been around long enough to know that life can be exhausting some times. So there is a balance when it comes to giving and serving all the time. It is amazing how our office is full of serving people, whether it is helping with the food shelter, foster parenting, coaching, or mission trips, it makes for great energy and community in the office. We have a big year coming up with various projects at the office, plus I am always serving and giving my energy to others with this type of work. It is easy to get burned out and spread yourself to thin with many service projects. There are many rewards and benefits for your health but it can turn into too much of a good thing. Your health is your greatest asset, and if you lose it what benefit are you to the ones you serve? So remember to listen to your body, take some time to rest and recharge and give back to yourself a little. The best way to get your energy back is to have an optimally functioning nervous system, and I would love to help you learn more about what that means.