Focus on healthy living for you and yours

Column by Dr. Tracy Nott


We are a group of helping professionals from a variety of disciplines here to share with you! We want to help you have a more healthy, positive, and productive life by addressing a variety of issues and presenting helpful ideas and solutions. Our areas of expertise include mental health counseling, homeopathy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, myofascial release, speech therapy, and a specialty in learning.

In the coming months, look for articles about topics such as: alternative health treatments, how to improve relationships, stress management, the aging brain, sensory processing, relief for back and neck pain, speech and language development of your child, your child's educational rights, and why some children have difficulty listening. We want to share our wisdom with you and for you to share yours with us as well! Please feel to submit questions, comments, and ideas for future topics.

But to begin, let's talk about the new year, and, you guessed it, those dreaded New Year resolutions!

Every year, it seems like we can come up with a long list of global changes we'd like to make or tend to recycle the old ones from last year we haven't yet accomplished. Many have abandoned these "resolutions" by mid February. Health clubs seem to benefit from this phenomenon. With the best of intentions new members sign up for the year membership in January, set impossible work out goals, and then give up, still having to make that monthly payment.

Maybe there is a better, more effective way to go about it.

What about setting attainable specific goals rather than "resolutions"? Instead, try setting goals that are manageable, with reasonably achievable steps that lead toward your desired outcome. The outcome also needs to be specific, not just "I want to get in better shape physically." Think. Exactly what do I want to accomplish? Is it to run a marathon or to be able to run three miles with ease?

If you can barely walk one mile without being winded, what would be the next logical step in making progress towards your ultimate goal of running three miles at a stretch without difficulty? Maybe it's to move back to three quarters of a mile or stay at the mile distance but slowing down your pace?

Finally, it is also important to set a time frame for achieving your desired step by step outcomes. This not only helps with accountability, but also gives us the opportunity to assess and celebrate our progress.

Realize the need to be flexible, however, as life does happen. Know that if you sprain your ankle, you may need to re-evaluate the time frame you set for accomplishing your running goal.

So, this year, start small and stay committed - taking baby steps if necessary and recognizing yourself for progress you've made along the way! Will I falter? Of course! That's human nature. But by accepting that, you'll be better able to get back on track and keep going. Let's see how far we can go!


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