In life, it’s human to fall down; the magic happens when we get back up.
—Grant Korgan, founder of Choose Positivity Now
Purpose and Connection
This principle is probably my most open-ended and flexible. In order to soar in life, you must have connections to people in your life and a purpose that drives you. For me, my connections are to my husband, my children, my patients, and even my community. I’ve only recently discovered my purpose to help others gain health and wellness, even through illness and injury. You really must discover what your own purpose and connection is. There is no scientific data set that can measure what this is or should be and what it means to you.
Often, discovering what makes you soar requires effort, self-exploration, connecting with new people, trial and error, and often an adverse life event. You don’t have to have tragedy to find purpose and connection, but if you don’t look for it, you will never find it. If you are lucky, your job may be, in part, how you find purpose and connection, but it doesn’t have to be that either. Most of the people in my life who I see soaring have, in fact, found a way to find purpose and connection in the job they do.
It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in
the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.
Rest and Recovery
I remember in college when my husband and I were dating, after basketball practice and dinner at the dining commons, we would ride our bikes to the library to study. He was a premed double major in history and human physiology, and I was majoring in bioengineering. We would often start strong in our studying, and then we’d literally take a nap—at the table. At the time, I thought it was weird. Now it makes more sense. As we were challenging our brains with different problems, not to mention after a hard practice and high-glycemic food, we would just need some recovery time. After a nap lasting less than thirty minutes usually, we would feel rejuvenated, restored, and ready for more studying until closing time. As I mentioned before, we have been boring for a long time.
Thank you to Crossfit Initiative and Ty Jones for putting this together so it can be shared with others. References were omitted to keep the slides easier to follow, they are listed below.
Many of these topics are covered in more detail in How To Soar, coming soon.
Eat Well. Move Well. Sleep Well. Soar on.
Life requires movement.
What Is Movement?
Movement is defined as an act of changing physical location or position. For me as a physical therapist, the movement you do throughout the day must include full range of motion of the joints. Our standard American life tends toward spine flexion in the form of sitting in front of a computer, in a car, on a couch watching TV, and lifting, which is all flexion. It is not that sitting alone is a problem as much as chronic sitting means you are not moving your joints through their full range of motion.
A healthy joint is a flexible joint. When you stop moving joints, the tendency is for them to get stiff, soft tissue shortens, and you lose range of motion. Once the motion is lost, the strength of the muscle supporting that joint begins to weaken. It is a vicious cycle.
Cooking (from scratch) is the single most important thing we could do as a
family to improve our health and general well being.
What Is Real Food?
To put it simply, to eat well, you must eat real food, not something that only looks like food. Most of the food you eat must be in its natural or whole form, free of contamination, in order to maximize nutrient-richness and absorption. However, in today’s world, understanding what real food is has become a bit confusing.
Real food is as close to its natural state as possible. It is simple. It is in its whole form and merely needs to be eaten or cooked for consumption and for the nutrients to be absorbed by the body. An example of real food would be broccoli. Broccoli can be safely eaten raw, or it can be gently cooked. An apple can also be eaten raw or cooked. The bioavailability of nutrients in a whole food is optimal for natural absorption.
“How you think about something can transform its effect on you.” – Kelly McGonigal PhD
When you think about stress, what do you think? Do you think, “I have too much of it and it is causing me to be sick and tired?” Or do you think, “Stress is the ability to adapt to change and I acknowledge it when I see it?” Which is the right answer? The answer is that both are true, if that is what you believe.
Here is the interview from the Katie Coombs show Uncommon Sense. I am primarily in Segment 7 and 8. I wonder how many "ums" I actually said?
Hopefully this sparks questions for you. Please share and ask. I would love to hear your thoughts.
Special thank you to Katie Coombs for the opportunity.
Dr Carolyn Dolan DPT, Cert MDT, MSHN
Where physical therapy, nutrition and lifestyle meet, because how you live your life determines whether or not you soar. Inspiring action with information so you can reduce pain, optimize healing and improve function naturally during recovery from injury, surgery or painful condition. This is a website for the open-minded; obstinate need not apply.