Fresh Start for a Fresh New Year

New Year Better You? 

As we get past the holidays and into the new year, we have big plans to hit the ground running in 2018. Often our busy lives overwhelm us and all of our plans for the new year get pushed to the side. Take a deep breath, stop and think for a moment about what you are doing on a daily basis. Is it making you happy, healthy and fulfilled?

  1. Love your work.

I spoke to a woman last week, I asked her what she did for a living, she said I am a kennel technician at an animal shelter, she cleans cat cages and takes care of unwanted pets. Sounds depressing right? I asked her, do you like your job? She said, “I love my job! I spend all day with beautiful animals, get to meet all kinds of people and I am making a difference.” Pretty powerful. Her perspective on something I thought would be horrible was totally different.

All jobs are a matter of perspective. Work is a chance to be of service every day. Work is a chance to use whatever gifts you have to benefit others. Work is a chance to change your small corner of the world every day. It’s up to you to find work you love or love the work you do. We spend most of our life working, happiness comes from loving every day, what you are doing and who you are doing it with!

  1. Don’t Rush

Rushed = Miserable. Period. Feeling like you never catch up and have to rush through your day will affect every aspect of your life. Creating a balance is key to good mental and physical health. Being productive at a comfortable pace is what you strive for. Prioritize what is most important and be mindful, plan you day, week and month. Always plan for downtime, even if it is 5-10 minutes in the middle of the day to reset and recharge your batteries. No one is too busy to stop for a few minutes and breath, get up and walk around or relax. It will keep you sane. Don’t be afraid to say NO. Everyone has obligations, be careful not to let people take advantage of you. If it is not going to bring you joy, benefit you or a loved one or fit into your schedule it is ok to say NO.

  1. Give if You Can

While this may seem to be the opposite of saying no, it really isn’t and is important. Giving is often more beneficial for the giver than the receiver. Making a difference in the lives of those who need it, providing support where you can is actually more helpful to your mental health and self-worth than that of those you are giving to. It feels amazing to help someone who needs it. Lasting happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give – the experience of making a difference in the world.

So just keep in mind that while you can’t give all of yourself all of the time, you can give some of yourself some of the time, and if you do it will make all the difference in your life as well.

If you’re struggling with the start of the year and wanting to be perfect, meet your goals and move forward, know that you are not alone. We are right there with you, working hard to feel better, think more clearly, and get our lives back on track in 2018.


At Port Orange Chiropractic, we care about your overall health.  If you have questions about how you may benefit from chiropractic adjustments, call our friendly staff at (386) 761-0520.  We look forward to hearing from you.



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