Dr. Larry’s “Simplify Your Schedule”

Greetings!  This week we have a great post by Dr. Larry Markson that discusses the importance of avoiding burnout.  He stresses the significance of establishing priorities in order to help declutter your schedule and return your life to a semblance of balance.

Simplify Your Schedule

by Dr. Larry Markson

Simplifying your schedule and busyness of the day may be crucial to avoid burnout.

For many, life is a hodgepodge of never-ending commitments. Yet, few of us can be truly healthy or happy without regular periods of downtime. While there is nothing inherently wrong with busyness, those of us who over-commit or over-extend ourselves potentially face exhaustion and burnout.

When you feel overwhelmed by your commitments, examining your motivation for taking on so many obligations can help you understand why you feel compelled to do so much. You may discover that you are being driven by fear that no one else will do the job or guilt that you aren’t doing enough.

To regain your equilibrium and clear the clutter from your calendar, simplify your life by establishing limits regarding what you will and will not do based on your personal priorities.

Determining where your priorities lie can be as easy as making two lists: one that outlines all those obligations that are vital to your wellbeing, such as work, meditation, and exercise, and another that describes everything you do that is not directly related to your wellbeing.

Although there will likely be items in the latter list that excite your passion or bring you joy, you may discover that you devote a large portion of your time to unnecessary activities. To simplify your schedule, consider which of these unnecessary activities add little value to your life and edit them from your agenda.

Remember that you may need to ask for help, say no firmly, or delegate responsibility in order to distance yourself from such encumbrances. However, as you divest yourself of non-vital obligations that cause you stress, serve no purpose, or rob you of opportunities to refresh yourself, you will feel more energetic and enthusiastic about life in general.

If simplifying your schedule seems prohibitively difficult and you still feel pressed to take on more, try imagining how each new commitment will impact your life before saying yes.

When you consider the hassle associated with superfluous obligations, you may be surprised to see that your schedule is impeding your attempts to grow as an individual. Your willingness to pare down your agenda, no matter how gradual your progress, will empower you to retake active control of the life that defines you.

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Courtney Dunlop’s “Crazy About Coconuts”

This week we have a brief article about the benefits of coconut oil and some great uses for it!

Crazy About Coconuts

by Courtney Dunlop

Coconuts and organic coconut oil

If you’re going to choose just one product to add to your beauty arsenal this summer, coconut oil might be your best bet. Coconut’s chemical compounds make this natural ingredient a powerful tool to solve a whole handful of skin issues, including dryness, acne and sun damage.

Virgin coconut oil contains fatty acids, so it’s compatible with our skin barrier and therefore killer at preventing moisture loss. Its moisturizing abilities make it a great conditioner, lip balm, cuticle oil and shaving oil. In addition, the fatty acids help repair skin cells, counteracting damage done by aging and sun exposure. Coconuts are also packed with growth factors, such as kinetin, a plant hormone that promotes cell division and slows skin-cell aging. Basically, this powerful oil can help keep your hair and skin looking healthy and young (Score!).

Bonus use? Coconut oil makes a great makeup remover – the oil breaks down and dissolves stubborn makeup and sunscreen. Seems like there isn’t much this skin-saver can’t do.

William Esteb’s “Spiritual Subluxations”

Often we are only concerned about our spinal subluxations that we often ignore the spiritual subluxations! Here’s an article about how to recognize those signs.

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Cloudy thinking – A mental fog makes it difficult to think clearly, obscuring opportunities and solutions.

Procrastination – Postponing a needed action is often a sign you’re off-purpose or unsure what it is.

Lack of concentration – Succumbing to the distraction of the Internet, email and other shiny objects can be an effective tactic.

Worry – Rehearsing what you don’t want is not only counterproductive, it squelches your creativity and problem-solving abilities.

Fear – A spiritual oppression that can only exist without faith, seducing you to live in a future that hasn’t happened. And probably won’t.

Depression – Anger (without enthusiasm) is a gold mine for drug companies, allowing the anger to go unforgiven.

A common deception is that spiritual oppression doesn’t exist. While chiropractic care is a good start, addressing spiritual subluxations requires spiritual tools such as prayer, fasting, gratitude and forgiveness.