Are you toast?

December 15, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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Burnout is the word for long term exhaustion and dissipating interest. It is usually an “overdraft” of your emotional cheque account and is rarely solved by simply taking a holiday.

Burnout is like a ticking clock: an accumulation of moderate to severe stress over a long period of time with potentially dire consequences on your health and well being, business and relationships.

Find out whether you’re toast by answering these 10 questions…

  1. I find myself feeling fatigued or tired at the end of the day.
  2. When I wake up after getting a good night’s sleep, I still feel tired or have a sense of dread in the pit of my stomach.
  3. I’m often a few minutes late, or arrive just on time for appointments.
  4. It’s been a while since I regularly exercised and I’m not in the same shape I used to be.
  5. It seems like each day I get further behind with my paperwork and attaining my goals.
  6. I’m more irritable and less understanding with people these days – and think they might be the real problem.
  7. I spend less time with my family and friends and often feel like I’m “just going through the motions.”
  8. I should be accomplishing more and be further ahead by now.
  9. I’m spending more time with television or using sex, drugs, food, alcohol or some other diversion to make me feel better about my situation.
  10. I’ve even given some thought to other things I could do besides my current line of work or current relationship.

Adapted from Bill Esteb, Patient Media, Inc.

Imbalance and Debilitation

“After my very first appointment I was able to walk unaided for the first time in years.”

You’re never too old to start chiropractic care – is the bottom line.

My 12 year old niece fractured her tibia (leg bone) in a gymnastic manoeuvre a few weeks ago. She’s now in a full leg cast and walking around on crutches.

I check and adjust my family every week regardless, but yesterday I was doing some unique pelvic work with her on her back because she’s forced to limp and can’t lay face down. It was quite awkward and she said, “Why are you bothering, there’s nothing wrong with me.” Her mother (my sister) said, “You’ll understand when you’re older.”

It’s a common line I hear in practice from clients in their 40s and 50s: I wish I’d done something about this sooner.

When you’re 12, you think you’re six-foot tall and bullet proof. But you’re not. And you need to look after the vehicle you drive through this life. For some people, it takes 40 years to learn that. However, problems still come up in the golden years and instead of commiserating with everyone else your own age by saying, “I’m just getting old”, go see a good chiropractor. The spine and nervous system is a wonderful thing that’s designed to function at a very high level. Even if structure has altered over the years, the nervous system still has the capacity to produce immense vitality within the limits of that structure. That is to say, better balance, breathing, digestion and energy, in the case of Marie – in an incredibly short time frame!


After years (at least 5) of pain and debilitation, I was finally recommended to Dr Neil Bossenger for treatment. I had over the years seen many doctors, specialists and other practitioners. I had had brain scans, bone scans and been tested for Parkinson’s Disease, but nobody had been able to figure out why I could not walk or stand for long without feeling as though I was going to fall over. Read more

Course Correction

December 5, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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You’re going to make mistakes. It’s inevitable.

Waiting for the perfect timing to either start something new, make a change or find the one hit wonder usually leads to immobilisation. Simply begin and suck at it first. There is plenty time to improve along the way.

As life continues to move forward I look back on the trail in the sky and think, wow, there has been a ton of course correction! See, life is actually about the destination. But hundreds of them. Little goals along the way that you set for yourself and fly toward every year. It’s the goals, ideals and values of who we want to become that continually draw us forward. Without these destinations the plane cannot calculate where it needs to go and course correct accordingly.

The destinations have to be set and we’re drawn toward them. This is a big distinction from being pushed by fear of something or operating out of doubt: If I don’t do this, this will happen. That lacks true power and will ultimately become unsustainable because it continually requires the fire to be fuelled, like you’re standing at the coalface shovelling spade after spade into an exhausting fire. Every morning when your feet hit the floor, the mana drains out of them before the passionless day has even begun.

Destinations keep our eyes up and allow us to look around. Unlike the most annoying drivers in the world who are completely oblivious  to their surroundings – never once looking in any mirror and driving well below the speed limit – therein is your experience of the journey: Flight presence. But you have to know where you’re going. And along the way there is going to be turbulence and errors. Sometimes a new destination will have to be preset because the last one was a mistake. I don’t buy into the hippy stuff that “there are no mistakes” only “learning experiences”. We. Make. Mistakes. Acknowledge them, apologise if necessary, don’t  do it again and course correct. As children of God born with free will to do what we like, you are allowed to set a new destination and say, right, I’m going to do a damn better job this time and my new course looks amazing; I look forward to when I get there so I can put my feet up and enjoy the rewards.

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