5 Tips to Aging Gracefully

26 Aug

Fortunately, the current crop of fitter, more health conscious baby boomers is not going to sit back and age the way their parents did.  Researchers are finding that far from wearing people down, meaningful work can actually help keep seniors both mentally and physically fit.  Also, thanks to modern technological and medical advances combined with an increased utilization of alternative and holistic health care options such as Chiropractic, our aging population is staying healthier longer. So here are 5 tips to help you live a healthier, more exciting, and more productive life than ever before.

1. Maintain a positive attitude.  It appears that one of the secrets to aging gracefully is maintaining a positive mental attitude and living fully in the present moment.  Those who age elegantly don;t spend their days speaking about the past or discussing the negative aspects of life.

2. Keep up with physical activity. In my experience, those people who have mastered successful again almost always engage in some form of exercise and physical activity on a regular basis.  Benefits can include weight control, improved circulation, increased muscle mass, better mood and improved balance.  Regular exercise cuts your risk of a multitude of diseases that include heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis, and osteoarthritis. 

3. Engage in Regular Mental Activity. One way to do this is to continually challenge yourself by leaning new skills, such as computer learning or learning a new language.  If you continue to learn and challenge yourself, your brain continues to grow not shrink.

4. Antioxidant Diet and Supplementation. Make sure to eat a diet high in antioxidant rich food which can help nourish brain cells.  Also, antioxidants help prevent the inflammation of blood vessels which can lead to heart disease or heart attack.  Some examples of these foods are colorful fruits and vegetables.

5. Strong sense of Community.  Having a strong sense of community and  involvement in a meaningful, purpose driven work or volunteerism is vitally important to  increasing healthy longevity. 

No matter what age you are, wake up everyday stating “I am healthy, strong, and vibrant and I love my life.” See what happens! I promise you will be amazed.

Yours in health,

Dr. Brian


Live the life you want to live!

19 Aug


Time flies when you are having fun! Why does summer go by so fast?  Why does life seem to fly by in the first place? As one ages, and it doesn’t matter what age we start school, our days, weeks, months, and years seem to pick up pace and just fly by.

My theory is that the more you enjoy what you do, the faster your days pass by. If we love our job, marriage, parenting, family, learning, etc. then life is easy, usually calm, and time flies! If we have significant challenges, choose the wrong job, don’t enjoy our children, and don’t have an optimistic support group, getting from one day to the next can be unbearable.

Some suggestions for enjoying life:

1. Surround yourself with happy, optimistic people.  If you can’t find any you are looking in the wrong place.  “To live the life you want to live, hang out with the people who are living that life”- Robin Sharma

2. If you hate your job, change.  Not necessarily the job, but that might be necessary. I suggest you change yourself.  Come in with a new attitude, meet some new people, talk to your boss, but stop doing the same thing over and over.

3. Are you immediate family relationships healthy? If not, don’t ignore them. You can choose your friends, but not your family.  Life is short so don’t wast time. Plan something special, take a vacation, seek counseling if necessary, but this is mandatory for you to stay healthy.

4. Look forward to something! Whether it is a vacation, a purchase, an event, a dinner out, or a golf game. Plan your life or your life will plan itself. Taking everything for granted is okay sometimes, but planning on a wonderful life is much better.

All the best,

Dr. Brian Wallace


Summer Heat

14 Aug

Summer has arrived and almost gone with all its glory and splendor.  It is an action-packed time of the year. It’s a time for sports, vacations, gardening, picnics, beach, camping, golfing, time outside, sun and heat.  Sometimes we get so caught up in our activities that we forget to prepare for them, or are having so much fun, we forget to use caution.  Here are 5 tips to keep us having a safe summer:

1. Avoid the sun during its peak intensity hours between 10am- 4pm.  This doesn’t mean that you can’t be outside it just means make sure there is some shade around to escape the heat for a little every once in a while.

2. Protect yourself from the heat.  Wear light-weight and light color clothing while out in the sun.  Lighter colors will deflect more of the suns rays and will absorb less heat. 

3. Wear sunglasses.  Most sunglasses block 100% of the ultraviolet rays.

4. Drink plenty of water. Begin any activity well hydrated.  During any activity drink a glass of water every 30 minutes.  Consumption of fluids on a daily basis should be half your body weight in ounces plus whatever is sweat out at a bear minimum.  I know there are a lot of designer fluids on the market today but the best is still good old H2O.

5. Use sunscreen, the SPF should be at a minimum 15.  Don’t forget that just because its cloudy out doesn’t mean you can’t get sunburn. Reapply every 2-3 hours or after a swim or intense activity.  There are many different types of sunscreen try to look for the ones that have the least amount of ingredients. 

Summer is my favorite time of the year but making sure that you and your family are protected will allow for many more years of fun in the sun….together.


Attitude Follows Perspective

31 Jul


We all have to do things in our life that we don’t want to and the easiest solution is to change our attitude.

We all have days when we are faced with chores, errands, or responsibilities that we don’t want to do. At times like these, it’s easy to get into a bad mood and stay in one as we tackle these tasks.

However, given the fact that our bad mood will not change the fact that we have to do these things, and will most likely make things worse, we could also try to shift our attitude. Many wise people have pointed out that it is not so much what we do as it is how we do it that makes the difference in our lives.

It’s important when we’re facing something that’s really hard for us, whether it’s doing taxes, paying bills, or visiting a challenging relative, that we lovingly support ourselves through the process. The more supported we feel, the easier it is to open our minds to the idea that we could change our way of looking at the situation.

In truth, most of the chores we don’t like doing are intimately intertwined with our blessings. When we remember this, we feel gratitude, which makes it hard to stay in a dark mood.

We can shift our attitude by considering how much we love our home as we clean it and how lucky we are to have a roof over our head. Any task can be transformed from a burden to a necessary aspect of caring for something we love. All we have to do is shift our perspective, and our attitude follows shortly behind.


A Life of Learning

18 Jul

Life is the province of learning, and the wisdom we acquire throughout our lives is the reward of existence. As we traverse the winding roads that lead from birth to death, experience is our patient teacher. We exist, bound to human bodies as we are, to evolve, enrolled by the universe in earth school, an informal and individualized academy of living, being, and changing.

Life’s lessons can take many forms and present us with many challenges. There are scores of mundane lessons that help us learn to navigate with grace, poise, and tolerance in this world. And there are those once-in-a-lifetime lessons that touch us so deeply that they change the course of our lives. The latter can be heartrending, and we may wander through life as unwilling students for a time. But the quality of our lives is based almost entirely on what we derive from our experiences.

Earth school provides us with an education of the heart and the soul, as well as the intellect. The scope of our instruction is dependent on our ability and readiness to accept the lesson laid out before us in the circumstances we face. When we find ourselves blindsided by life, we are free to choose to close our minds or to view the inbuilt lesson in a narrow-minded way.

The notion that existence is a never-ending lesson can be dismaying at times. The courses we undertake in earth school can be painful as well as pleasurable, and as taxing as they are eventually rewarding. However, in every situation, relationship, or encounter, a range of lessons can be unearthed. When we choose to consciously take advantage of each of the lessons we are confronted with, we gradually discover that our previous ideas about love, compassion, resilience, grief, fear, trust, and generosity could have been half-formed.

Ultimately, when we acknowledge that growth is an integral part of life and that attending earth school is the responsibility of every individual, the concept of “life as lesson” no longer chafes.

We can openly and joyfully look for the blessing buried in the difficulties we face without feeling that we are trapped in a roller-coaster ride of forced learning. Though we cannot always know when we are experiencing a life lesson, the wisdom we accrue will bless us with the keenest hindsight.


Recognizing your own value

15 May


Change your thinking to knowing that your life matters and that you are important.

It can be easy sometimes to buy into the illusion of our own insignificance. We may see large corporations or institutions, celebrities or successful people in our community, and compare ourselves to them, thinking that their fame or material power affirm how little our own lives amount to.

But nothing could be further from the truth. Every single one of us matters—tremendously. Our very existence affects countless people in countless ways. And because we are each essentially a microcosm of the larger universe, our internal experiences affect the whole of life more than we could ever imagine. The world simply could not exist as it does now if you, or any one of us, were not in it.

Perhaps you are aware that on some level you believe your life does not matter. If this thought resonates within you, maybe it is time to explore why you feel this way. You may have formed self-rejecting or belittling beliefs as a child to keep yourself safe or to help you make sense of confusing situations.

You may have felt unseen or unheard and decided that there was something wrong with you, rather than with the attention span of the people around you. Spend some time looking into where these feelings of insignificance first took root, and see what changes you might be able to make in your life and in your heart.

This one belief in your own unimportance could be limiting you and impacting your life in enormous ways. When you shift your perceptions around your own ability to affect your life and impact the world, you may discover wonderful parts of yourself that you had long ago forgotten.

There may even be exciting new parts that you never even knew existed. When you gain awareness of how much your life really does matter, new sources of energy can emerge and your sense of connection with the world is renewed.



No Wrong Response

8 May

There is no such thing as a right or wrong response to any given situation as we all come to it with our own experience.

Our view of the universe is largely determined by our experiences. It is when we are caught off guard by the spontaneity of existence that we are most apt to respond authentically, even when our feelings do not correspond with those of the multitude.

Events that arouse strong emotions with us or are surprising in nature can be disquieting, for it often is in their aftermath that we discover how profoundly our histories have shaped us. The differences that divide us from our peers are highlighted in our reactions when these diverge from the mainstream, and this can be highly upsetting because it forces us to confront the uniqueness of our lives.

When our response to unexpected news or startling ideas is not the same as that of the people around us, we may feel driven by a desire to dismiss our feelings as irrational or incorrect. But reactions themselves are neither right, nor wrong. The forces that sculpted the patterns that to a large extent dictate our development are not the same forces that shaped the development of our relatives, friends, colleagues, or neighbors.

There is no reason to believe that one person’s reaction to a particular event is somehow more valid than another’s. How we respond to the constant changes taking place in the world around us is a product of our history, a testament to our individuality, and a part of the healing process that allows us to address key elements of our past in a context we can grasp in the present.

Life’s pivotal events can provide you with a way to define yourself as a unique and matchless being, but you must put aside the judgments that might otherwise prevent you from gaining insight into your distinct mode of interpreting the world. Try to internalize your feelings without categorizing or evaluating them.

When you feel unsure of the legitimacy of your reactions, remember that cultural, sociological, spiritual, and familial differences can cause two people to interpret a single event in widely dissimilar ways. Examining your responses outside of the context provided by others can show you that your emotional complexity is something to be valued, for it has made you who you are today.

Somerset Hills Chiropractic