So You Want to Feel Better?

So you want to feel better but you don’t know where to start. Perhaps it would be a good idea to do what Stephen Covey taught us, begin with the end in mind.

If your end goal is only to feel better temporarily then there are plenty of things that can give you temporary relief. If you want lasting results then it is important to identify the cause of the problem. By relying only on temporary relief and never addressing the cause, you will never be able to feel better, long term.

I am amazed at the number of folks that come to see me that view themselves as a victim. They have no idea that their habits caused their problem. For example, a police officer typically sits in their vehicle, slightly rotated to the right doing their reporting on the laptop for many hours each day. This chronic improper sitting is causing damage even though they may not feel pain for years.

Beginning with the end in mind means that if the officer is going to prevent future pain or reduce or relieve the pain they need to either quit their job so they don’t have to sit that way or counteract the negative posture with positive habits. (I’m not suggesting that police officers or anyone else should quit their jobs)

For most of us it is realistic that there will be a bit of both quitting bad habits and counteracting with good habits.

If you want to feel better then you must first have an honest assessment of your habits and then you must be willing to change.

Are you willing to change so that you can feel better and be healthier?