We live in a world where we will choose today over tomorrow day after day with little thought that tomorrow may bring a new today that we cannot adapt to based on our decisions from yesterday.
The issue can be when we live too much in the now and not enough for the future. Have you ever thought about what you want your quality of life to look like in the future? Do you want to be running marathons at the age of 65? Do you plan on picking up your grandchildren and playing roughhouse with them till they’re too tired to play? These questions are worth while to think about because with disregard for your future quality of life, you may be living in the quick fix reality vs. long term solution population.
Our well-being is a process, not an event. Think about it, with major traumas being the only exception-name the last time one event caused a major shift in your quality of life. Most often, it’s the day by day processes that lead to or take away from our survival values that cause a tipping point in our ability to adapt to stress and we finally hear our body asking for help for the lack of awareness to what the daily choices or lack of choices has effected to our well-being.
Start looking at your well-being as a bundle of little choices that we make either add to or take away from your survival values. Not only are our choices adding or taking away, but so too is daily stress affecting the performance of well-being.
The consistent choices we make each day and the consistent stress our body needs to adapt to slowly moves the pendulum of balance and harmony to your inner well-being.
To take it back to physics class, A pendulum works by converting energy back and forth, similar to a rollercoaster ride. When the bob is highest or furthest from the ground, it has maximum stored energy, or what science calls potential energy. When the bob swings back and forth, it consistently switches its energy back and forth between potential and kinetic.
Potential energy is the stored energy within an object because of its position. Kinetic energy is related to the object’s ability to move and can be transferred from one moving object to another.
Why all the physics conversation?
Think about your quality of life as a pendulum that is moving to back and forth. When the bob is at its lowest point, that represents when your body is sick, dysfunctional, and has a lack of wholeness; when the bob is at its highest point, that represents wholeness, function and well-being.
Our choices and the stressors we encounter represent either keeping that pendulum in motion away from the lows and towards the potential energy or slowing the speed down and in the lows closer to the sickness, dysfunction and lack of wholeness.
Since well-being is largely regulated by your neurological system, and your neurological system plays a vial role in adapting to stress, how your nerves function play a factor to how your pendulum swings.
Chiropractic adjustments that move your body towards wholeness and well-being allows that pendulum to swing again back and forth. Away from the lows and closer to the potential energy.
The key to a higher quality life is making choices and decisions during the day that will not only benefit today, but also provide a long term solution to keep that pendulum in motion. Short term choices or adjustment for today may be necessary at times, but the future needs to kept in mind so the pendulum doesn’t become out of balance.
Quick fixes or adjustments to make your feel better today may move that pendulum back into motion, but soon enough or over time if the choices and the stress are slowing the speed of motion down your pendulum can end back up in the low slow speed of transfer or out of balance.
Consider consistency and positive choices for what the future you will benefit from as a long term solution for keeping your pendulum in motion towards the potential for more well-being or higher quality life.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Trent Scheidecker, DC | ChiroWay of Woodbury | Owner & Chiropractor
Trent Scheidecker, DC frequently visited his chiropractor when he was in high school and knew the benefits he experienced were worth the time and investment to become a chiropractor. He wanted to help his community experience a higher quality of life through regular chiropractic care. In 2010 Trent founded ChiroWay in Woodbury and since that time has served over 3,000 clients. He has been named “Best of Woodbury” in Woodbury Magazine seven times. Trent has also mentored colleagues in practice and franchised ChiroWay in 2012. Today, there are 8 ChiroWay locations throughout Minnesota.