As we stand at the threshold of a new year, it’s natural to reflect on the twelve months that have passed and envision the possibilities that lie ahead. In depth reflection of the past then enables one to look forward to the future and plan in a methodical and realistic way.
Intentions for the new year often become the bridge between the past and the future—a pathway toward personal growth & positive change. It is refreshing to contemplate the idea of establishing intentions that persist throughout the year rather than adhering to the limitations of New Year resolutions which often come with set end dates.
“There is no substitute for hard work- hard work on yourself, hard work on your dreams. Committing to yourself, commiting to your growth, commiting to your journey, being proactive, taking risks, stepping outside of your comfort zone & persisting through challenges.”
Health and wellness is not about following a rigid set of rules. It’s about building a toolkit that we can tap into daily.
Adopting a physiotherapist’s perspective in formulating meaningful intentions involves an emphasis on holistic wellness, injury prevention and the promotion of functional movement.
Key considerations include:
1. Emphasising Injury Prevention
Actively participating in exercises and activities that fortify muscles and joints; ultimately enhancing overall physical resilience.
2. Nurturing Body Awareness
Cultivating mindfulness regarding body movements and postures in daily activities to achieve optimal alignment.
3. Dedication to Consistent Movement
Establishing a regular routine of movement exercises encompassing stretching, strengthening and cardiovascular activities.
4. Addressing Ergonomics
Assessing and optimising work and living spaces to minimise the risk of musculoskeletal issues.
5. Prioritising Sleep & Recovery
Recognising the importance of sufficient sleep and recovery for the body to heal and adapt to physical stressors.
6. Investing in Education
Empowering oneself with knowledge to make informed decisions about overall wellbeing. Cultivating a collaborative relationship with healthcare professionals, seeking regular check-ups to promptly address emerging healthcare concerns.
Approaching well-being with these intentions aligns with a holistic and preventative approach advocated by physiotherapists. It underscores the importance of proactive measures, self-awareness & collaboration with healthcare professionals for a comprehensive approach to health.