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Dr. Ana KnollaJul 12, 2021 11:19:05 AM6 min read

Garden City Chiropractor Gives 10 Tips to Make the Most of Your Time

Arrowhead Clinic wants you to live your life to the fullest.

Article Table of Contents

All the Time in the World

Getting in Shape

Becoming More Cultured

Improving One's Mental Health

Learning to Cook

Getting Away from the Screens

Getting Your Finances in Order

Organizing Your Life

Learning a New Language

Anything You've Been Prioritizing

Attending to Your Physical Self

All the Time in the World 

It is clear to everyone that due to the onslaught of Covid-19 everyone's way of life around the world has been drastically altered; even today, our daily lives have changed. Whether it is due to underlying fear as the aftermath or some perks have been the availability to work from home.

People were unable to enjoy social functions, even simple ones such as eating out or going to the movies. The dynamic of restaurants, malls, and movies still today isn't the same. 

In some cases, people could not work and provide for themselves or their families.

It was an unprecedented time for all of us. 

However, our time can be used in productive ways regardless of the changes we face. 

With rare exceptions, nearly everyone feels that there is some aspect of life that can stand to have some improvement.

Now that we all have been given the precious gift of time, why not dedicate part of it to self-improvement?

Arrowhead Clinic Garden City cares about every aspect of your physical and mental health.

That is why we are providing this list of ten self-improvement suggestions while we maneuver through life and all its changes and challenges.  

We often hear people say everything they would like to accomplish in a day but feel like they lack time. While there are circumstances where this may be true, we see some of the most highly successful people with much busier schedules that create time blocks for the things that matter most.

1. Getting in Shape

This is perhaps the most popular New Year's resolution made every year.

However, because it is always made by so many people each year, that must mean that hardly anyone actually gets around to doing it.

Start with a small reasonable time limit each day, maybe even the same time each day to dedicate towards this goal, overtime it will become a habit. 

Take this time to learn to appreciate the arts.

2. Becoming More Cultured

Most of us, at one point or another, have thought that we really should make more time for the arts.

We've all felt awkward silence when someone is discussing a work of literature or art, and we are unable to comment.

The time is now to brush up on the classics so you can be the toast of your next social gathering or dinner party.

Educating yourself on culture has been proven to reduce stress levels, assist in expressing yourself, and improve your quality of life. 

3. Improving One’s Mental Health

Anxiety and depression are the most common mental illnesses in the United States, affecting 40 million adults, which is 19% of the population.  

However, if there is one certainty in life, there will always be something to be concerned about.

Despite everything going on in our daily life, we have an opportunity to take a step back and improve our mental health.

Maintaining a positive and practical attitude is often half the battle.

If we utilize this time to get our inner selves in order, we will be stronger the next time we have to be.

Cultivate your culinary skills while social distancing.

4. Learning to Cook 

Everyone can cook.

However, some of us are limited to toast or cold cereal recipes.

Maybe, an evening of culinary achievement for you is microwaving a frozen dinner.

That doesn't have to be the case. 

This would be a wonderful opportunity to graduate from microwave to gourmet.

There are plenty of resources online for learning how to cook, and there is always the traditional cookbook. 

Turn the oven on, and let's get cooking!

5. Getting Away from the Screens

Our lives often have a dependence on screens. Whether we like to admit it or not, our phones are a major distraction; it is email notifications, text messages, online calendar notifications, or phone calls. It's a fundamental tool, but it's like your mind has multiple browser tabs open and constantly jumps from task to task. 

It is not necessarily a good or a bad thing, it's often essential to our success, but the occasional 15-20 minute break would greatly benefit one's mental health. 

It is okay to allow yourself some personal time and take a breather from the world around you. 

Reliance on our phones can be unpleasant.

At the very least, it certainly can be hard on one's eyes.

Why not take this time to give your eyes a break and discover other activities that may not require a television, computer, or cell phone screen? 

If you cut down screen time, that additional time, you could implement essential tasks that you did have the spare time for before; you could go for a walk, invest in yourself, or get your body by getting into shape. 

You don't need to live paycheck to paycheck, form a financial plan.

6. Getting Your Finances in Order

Money is necessary.

We all need it to survive.

However, many find themselves living from paycheck to paycheck.

It is not the only way to live. 

Take the time to thoroughly examine your finances and organize your affairs. Lower your debt by paying down your open lines of credit, set up a savings plan, and write down business goals. 

It may feel like a daunting task, but it will be worth it, and you'll feel a sense of accomplishment. 

The tiniest financial measures can yield great dividends for your future.

Start practicing now!

7. Organizing Your Life 

We all get into a routine.

We often throw dirty clothes on the floor, leave dirty dishes in the sink, leave trash on our desks, or waste time looking for misplaced items.

You are more than likely wasting a significant amount of your precious time when you let these daily tasks accumulate. 

As a result, you want to keep your living conditions as organized and pleasant as possible.

Learn what this means for you now, implement changes, and keep them up after life returns to normal.

Learn how to communicate with even more people for when you no longer have to social distance.

8. Learning a New Language

Unfortunately, many of us are only unilingual.

Regrettably, we rely on the English language as our sole form of communication.

Contrary to popular belief, English is not the official language of the United States, even if it is the most commonly spoken.

Many groups in our nation speak differently.

Why not take the time to learn how to communicate with even more of our fellow Americans?

If you ever choose to travel abroad, you will enjoy yourself even more if you have at least a rudimentary grasp of the language.

Give it some practice while you are social distancing, and you soon can say "bonjour" to being multi-lingual.

9. Anything You’ve Been Prioritizing 

This list is far from comprehensive.

One can perfect countless other activities or skills while taking advantage of this time. Set a block of time to introduce new beneficial daily activities.  

If there has been an activity or a goal that you have been wanting to reach, but you've been waiting for the right time to begin, this is it.

Whether it is finally learning how to do a kick-flip on a skateboard or breaking out the old watercolors, nothing is stopping you now.

Get out there and do it. 

Challenge yourself by setting even just 3-5 goals to implement today! 

Learn how to take even better care of yourself during this pandemic.

10. Attending to Your Physical Self

It has often been said that if you do not have your health, you do not have anything.

Do everything you can to keep yourself as happy and healthy as possible. 

Regardless of whatever conditions you face in the world, Arrowhead Clinic Garden City is here to help you with all your chiropractic-related needs.

Visit us to take advantage of your free consultation, so we can get you in the best possible shape to enjoy life. 



Dr. Ana Knolla

I graduated from Life University in Marietta and I've been practicing for almost 20 years. I started at Arrowhead Clinics in 2001 and have continued in either a part-time or full-time status ever since. I love working with injured patients and having the gratification of seeing them get well! I'm born and raised in North Florida/South Georgia...I've traveled extensively but always enjoy coming home to the South! I have 5 dogs...from chihuahuas to pit bulls... and 4 cats... and we all live in a farmhouse out in the country.