9 Things To Stop To Save Yourself Time, Stress, and Create A
Healthy Mind and Body: Part 3
By: Megan Piersol, DPT
You have now made it to the last of the nine things we need to stop telling ourselves for a healthier lifestyle and mindset. The last one is more of something we need to stop doing versus telling ourselves. Without further ado, here we go:
Stop dwelling on the past. Give yourself some time to learn and recover from past mistakes or occurrences and then try and let it go. It’s time to move on and look at what is ahead not behind.
Stop placing blame somewhere else unless it’s warranted. Own your mistakes and faults. Don’t be afraid to apologize if you were wrong (and sometimes even if you aren’t).
- Put down your cell phone, iPad, and other device!!! I can’t stress this enough. Not only do these devices consume a massive amount of your time, they cause you to adopt poor postures for prolonged periods that will eventually give your neck, upper, mid, and lower back, and shoulders problems. That burning sensation you are getting in your neck right now as you are reading this after having spent time perusing through your phone or working on your computer, is your body begging you to move and your mind begging you to socialize with someone in person. We spend so much time on social media that we actually forget to be social! Talk to that person next to you in the elevators (or better yet, in the stairwell), say hi to the person passing you on the sidewalk or next to you at the metro, ask your friends to meet you in person and PUT AWAY YOUR PHONE, call your friend or family member instead of texting, etc, etc, etc.... There is a good book a friend introduced me to called Imagination. It talks a lot about how inventions are made and what fosters creativity. There is nothing in the book that mentions being entrapped in a device that causes a creative spark or inventive decision. If anything, it talks about how those very things distract us from being able to create/invent. Most inventions are because of random mishaps, curiosity (perhaps from not always being entertained by social media), mistakes, and TALKING to people. I hear endless excuses from patients on how they don’t have time to do any of their exercises or to be active. Perhaps, I should ask them how much time they spend on their cell phone or computer or device playing with social media. They could probably pull at least 20-45 minutes (and possibly much, much more) that they could dedicate to something more productive or healthy. This could be actually walking with a friend and talking in person with them (exercise and socializing), walking somewhere to spend some time checking social media or doing work on your computer if you can’t disconnect, exploring where you live and maybe meeting new people....the options are endless.