I have been thinking lately about all of the wonderful clients I get to see on a weekly basis. A diverse cross section of our community is represented at TBC, and through our various interactions, even though the time may be brief, I appreciate hearing how people are doing and what the general feeling is amongst the community at any given time or season.
Whether you come early in the week or late, have had a hectic day or a blissful weekend away to recharge your battery, I am reminded through the course of the week that we are essentially all dealing with the various circumstances thrown at us, and sometimes the same circumstances; a chaotic day, the recent fires in Christchurch, the weather going crazy, the unsettling political climate.....
For example, I was talking with a client last week who was mentioning how a number of people he had been speaking with lately had felt that because of the lack of a Nelson summer, it was as if they hadn't had a break. People were still feeling the same level of tiredness as they had looked forward to throwing off from 2016 because the summertime 'aaaah' factor never arrived. There is much to be said for having weeks on end of sunny, calm, clear sky days where you can just sit in an environment that promotes rest. Grey skies and unrelenting gusts of wind create the opposite effect. We do live in seemingly troublesome times and naturally this can impact our health and sense of well being.
Lately you may have noticed your CA's gently reminding you about how you use your time as you are sitting in the adjusting room before your appointment, although you are very welcome to browse through a magazine and perhaps you are using your phone (that you have switched to silent mode! Thanks).
Have you considered that arriving at the reception area after having come in from the world that may have been a bit full on - kids, work, weather, etc - that this is the perfect opportunity to leave everything outside the door and completely switch off all the white noise, make yourself unavailable to text traffic, breathe and take the moment to listen to your body ie be mindful of giving your body permission to prepare for your adjustment?
Whatever the care and techniques Corrian and Dan are applying to your current situation, your calm readiness is the perfect assistant to your nervous system responses and to promoting the healing that can be achieved.
If your mind is clear, you will be less likely to forget about 'that thing' you came in to tell your chiropractor or draw a complete blank when they ask you how you are and you pull out the default answer on auto pilot: 'good thanks'! I can just picture Corrian looking at your face and hear 'Hmmmmm'!
In her book 'Mindful 2.0' Mindset Coach Vikki Kelly makes the comparison of our stressful brain state with having too many tabs open on our computer screen – remember how the running of that system becomes slow when coping with too much at once?
(We recommend asking your CA about this wonderful tool if you would like to read Vikki's advice on applying her formula for coping with stress. ) And as for your appointment - close down all other tabs and leave only the tab named 'you' open.
At TBC our goal is that you get the most out of your adjustment and care with us. Whether you have just begun your journey with us or been with us for many years, it is a valuable investment for you to take the time to be Adjustment Ready!
(Note: If you have small children with you who are happy to be in the play area, remember that you also have a CA on hand to read stories and give cuddles to support 'caregiver time' and support your adjustment.)