I was down in Melbourne recently for a seminar based around stress, and the role that we play as chiropractors in helping you deal with stress. I also went for some selfish reasons. I wanted to know how to better look after myself.
As most of you know, I suffer from epilepsy, and my seizures are brought on by overindulging in life i.e. too much stress. I have pretty much grown up thinking that life is like a smorgasbord, and we are entitled to try every dish on it. This was until I realised that there is no balance in doing this, and there is also no rush to finish life. It is here to be enjoyed. The more I overindulged, the more seizures I would have. I needed to change.
As I sat in the seminar, I realised as I was writing down my notes that the presenter was pretty much talking about me. It was at this point that I realised that I needed to change my life, I needed to put some things in place, set some boundaries.
What did I change?
I upped my Chiropractic care schedule to get adjusted every week. Now I have been under care for over 25 years and you would think that things would be working pretty good. Yes they are, better than most I would say, however it is what I am doing to myself that is creating the problems. These needed ironing out. My body and brain needed some help.
A few of the other notable things that I did was to I started meditating every morning; I dug up my affirmations and said these outload to myself every morning; I changed my exercise frequency, type, and time; and I started wearing red lens coloured glasses.
Red lens coloured glasses – Why?
In today’s day and age, we spend a vast amount of time with blue light. This comes from things like our computer, phone, tablet, and lights. We are subject to this on a daily basis. Excessive blue light becomes a sensory neurological stimulant, and eventually, for want of a better word, a toxin.
It effects how our body works. In some clients, after they have been adjusted, and their body is functioning well (strong when I push on their leg), I ask them to sit up and I test their arm strength. It goes weak. I then ask them to place the red glasses on and their arm goes strong.
All we have done is take out the sensory irritant – the blue light. This is tested once postural and neurological input has been corrected!
I have included some information on this here, as well as what else you can do to decrease over stimulating your nervous system (think hyperactive kids in your car on a driving trip to Brisbane). On my computer (Apple) I use the program f.lux to have my screen red during night time hours, and my phone (iPhone > Settings > Display & Brightness > Night Shift) will switch to night mode (a warm red colour).
Your body’s motor output is determined by how you perceive and sense the environment that you live in. Change those and you will change your quality and quantity of life.
PS For those interested in the glasses, let me know. I can show you the test on your next visit. The glasses are basic frames and sell in the practice for $30.