Have you recently suffered from a nagging back related pain or spasm? Have you gone to the neighborhood pharmacy or chemist seeking relief using products on the shelf or those recommended by friends? 

This past week I went through Hell both day and night and nothing seemed to work!

 Most of us can answer these questions or at least know someone who has suffered from such agony. The following day after using most of these products and cure alls my pain had worsened and shifted to another area of my body. It appears  now time to return to work  or to succumb to extreme medical relief.

It can be very costly and temporary. So what will you do the next time. I have an answer or suggestion YOU might want to consider. How about a physical therapist/personal trainer.

Here’s what I learned today from my new physical therapist who gives house calls: ( my interpretation)

1 our bodies and all of its networks and neural pathways and skeletal  parts are wrapped miraculously around cellular fluid and an intricate muscular masterpiece.

2 if you were to look closely and survey the anatomy you will notice a well designed symmetric anatomical system well-balanced to get through most of the stuff we put it through.

3 if for some reason we do not take care of this body whether getting enough rest, “proper” exercise, food and liquids( not alcohol) preferably water and stretch the hell out of yourselves daily morning and evening, your body will signal  pain and more pain leading to an obvious shut down of its parts or a compensation (one part working for the weak part) bringing about an imbalance.

4 if you notice  extreme pain when pressing on the surface of your anatomy ie  back, legs,Achilles, shoulders, calfs, hamstrings, you’re re not receiving the right amount of elasticity and manipulation and liquid to bring about ultimum flexibility. Thus, the muscles become rigid, stress moves in, and the slightest overworking of a certain area can result in all sorts of things..but what I noticed in my body over the past week was an extreme pain in my lower back on both sides of the spinal cord and pain running down my legs.

5 I have some work to do and Thank God a friend recommended a physical therapist /personal trainer that I can report is worth his fee. I became educated about the trauma I am experiencing. He shared how the muscles work and how the body works for us.

6  Most importantly, the areas that brought on this wake-up call(even though I attend a gym five days a week)  had been neglected. I mentioned that I play tennis and do ergonomic exercises  and ride a bike as in spinning.  Cardiovascular, I am doing exceptionally well. However  my overall physical makeup and development is in need of attention!

* I received a house call and surprisingly a lot of stretching(painful; I actually cried; deep tissue manipulation with the use of my ptherapist’s elbow.  He pinpointed my areas of future exercises and how to use the tennis ball placing force on those painful areas on my bum or butt that were the result of the tightening of muscles that were so intricately connected to the muscles in my lower back. These knots and muscular rigidity resulted in my back injury. 

No butts about it… If I so listen and set goals to get my body in best performance, my lower back problems may never occur again.

What’s your takeaway?   Personally, I can not stress how important stretching is prior to any strenous activity.

* This physical therapist/house calls/recommended highly/ in the Arlington Va and Washington DC metro area. Email me at curtcanada@comcast.net and I will send his information!

Curt Canada works with clients seeking personal and leadership development coaching and consulting in Washington DC.

 

Are you finding it difficult to simply keep up with your work schedule leaving you, your daily chores, and family on the back burner?  Maybe setting some priorities, a little delegation, and a pinch of organization just might be the plan. Most of us have so many demands on our time and energy, life can feel like a three-ring circus.

 

Take this quiz to see how well you are meeting responsibilities, while also recognizing and fulfilling personal needs and wants.

 

True  False

 

m   m  1. The only way I can successfully manage my life is to take care of myself physically and emotionally.

 

m   m  2. Nurturing myself enlarges my capacity to help others.

 

m   m  3. I eat healthfully and exercise regularly.

 

m   m  4. I get check-ups, go to the dentist, and take preventative precautions.

 

m   m  5. I set aside personal, quiet time for myself, whether I’m meditating or simply letting my thoughts drift. 

 

m   m  6. I experience the gifts of each season: ice skating, sledding, bundled-up beach walks; gardening, hiking, more time outside; camping, swimming, visiting a museum, barbeques; harvesting the bounty, gathering wood, spending more time inside.

 

m   m  7. Creativity nurtures me, too. I do what I love, whether that’s cooking, drawing, painting, writing, dancing, singing or another creative pursuit. 

 

m   m  8. Reaching out to others enriches my life. I spend quality time with family and friends.

 

m   m  9. Contributing to the world provides connection and purpose, so I give my time, energy and experience where it is most useful. 

 

m   m  10. I notice and heed the emotional signals that tell me I’m out of balance: irritability, overwhelm, resentment.

 

m   m  11. If I feel that I’m catching a cold, I realize I may have stressed my immune system with over activity, so I stop and take care of myself.

 

m   m  12. When I need or want to, I say no to requests for my time.

 

m   m  13. I listen to and honor the requests my body makes for such things as a nap, a walk, green vegetables, hot soup.

 

m   m  14. If I have something planned for myself, I don’t just toss that aside when someone makes a request of me.

 

m   m  15. I’m busy, but I find time to do the things I want to do.

 

m   m  16. I’m happy. I regularly experience well-being, contentment, even joy.

 

If you answered false more often than true, you may want to take a look at the questions to which you answered false and see if you can incorporate something of its message into your life. Please don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation if you’d like to explore this issue further.

 

Curt Canada is a Leadership and Personal Development Coach and Consultant in Washington, (Glover Park) DC. He has a recent new business webpage at http://www.adapting2Change.com

 

 © 2011 Claire Communications

 

 1 Finding its True Meaning…not a time for evaluation nor criticism. I must share with you that it is not humanly possible not to think about all those memorable times with loved ones whom you have shared past holiday seasons. There are regrets perhaps and for some a happy time and for some of you ,sadness. Think of, if you can a happy, surprised, good surprised moment you recall or something totally silly or funny about this holiday if you just have to return to the past. A meditative moment has been noted to reduce stress. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and those most celebrated gift -giving days are not so far in the distant!  So go ahead and deck the halls for goodness sake! Actually not just yet, there’s Thanksgiving!

Perhaps there’s a special bulb you have made for the Christmas tree….a song that you like though you can’t really carry a tune…if you can handle a comedy live show ..definitely attend….we all could use a laugh or two… invest time in helping others or visiting someone less fortunate than you. I will leave it up to you to find your meaning for such a holiday celebrated by many throughout the world in their own way.

 2 Logistics: Travel, Budgetary, and Social Arrangements:  plan Ask yourself if it’s going to be stretch or strain on your budget about the  purchase of gifts? So you’re in that unemployment boat that millions find themselves this holiday season, so what? Don’t give up, keep looking for that job! However don’t accept any factitious and or real credit cards! It’s not your money. Do shop for bargains …they’re out there? Plan months ahead for that holiday plane or train or bus ticket? Travel safe? Check your tires and an overall check-up of your car?  Get ample rest before and after your trip or holiday vacation.

 Get physically and emotionally ready: Am I ready for this. Holidays are not immune of past events and moments in one’s life that are not always happy times. Keep in mind that you will most likely cross family and friends and past admirers during this time. Try  keeping those times separate. Not a time to evaluate though you are approaching the end of another year. Give praise and gratitude ..there’s much to be simply thankful for. Find a gym or a yoga class ..exercise is so important for relieving stress. Eat lots of veggies and fruit. Get and give lots of hugs but stay away from the common cold and all other communicable viruses if possible.

4 It will come and go…. Visualize what would blow your top off? Don’t go there then. You do have the ability to dummy down some of those in the past memorable stressful experiences.

 5 Most importantly: Find time for self….take a break from all the hustle and demands placed upon oneself during this particular time of year  (find a good book to read)  take an impromptu walk/ stay away from the tv/ stay away from big crowds/drink lots of water and juice….minimize your alcohol content(take it from me…alcohol does not alleviate stress!)….give thanks often no matter what your faith or religion happens to be….take a nap in the middle of the day… stay away from last years holiday experience… perhaps I didn’t cover anything that would truly help you alleviate what’s placing so much stress in your life but at least for the moment you were forced to tread somewhere beyond yourself to a world of possibilities when it comes of thinking and getting ready for one if not the biggest holiday seasons of the year! Show a little gratitude starting with Thanksgiving. This will lower your stress tremendously as you plan your celebrations next month.

 Lastly, don’t drink and drive….find a designated driver or hide the keys.  Remember, it’s not always about you or me or where and how quickly we need to get there.

 Oh, by the way…an early Happy New Year  to you all !

 Curt Canada- Board Certified Coach at Adapting2change in Washington DC coaches clients in areas of  personal, workplace, and leadership development f2f and via  Skype and web-conferencing.

I dont’know about you but if you have followed my recent blog  entries you probably have walked away vowing never to return and if so not any time soon.  Ok I admit that I have run into a rocky road of my own, re-thinking a new marketing plan and it’s simply hot as ….here in Washington DC and quite frankly across the country.

I have decided while riding my bike in my living room to write something more stimulating and that hits home for all of us out here that faced with challenges and goals and plans (and what our next strategy should be) that seems as if they are at a standstill.

There are a couple of songs that I can think of right now that I can envision that I find will get me to begin lightening up!

“Indiana wants me ..Lord I can’t go back there. (that’s not true )  And there’s the great Frank Sinatra..a definite  song for moving forward and setting new plans and goals and visualizing . In the song , “That’s Life ” he mentions  when things are not shaking in July..I’m gonna get on a big bird and fly , my my!

Are u following me? Perhaps this is where you are?  I’m not one of those guys who can take off in August  but I guess I can  take a little trip inside my head and then, jot it down on paper.   You can also begin writing some action steps for yourself. I can only imagine what your list would consist of for lightening up.

1 Jet Blue is advertising flights at $44 dollars one way…maybe you’re thinking of leaving this town…if you need to return just do the math  $44 more for your way back

2 There are  museums up the yin yang in this town and well all sorts of  monuments…one day at a time,  however I would make sure that they’re open.. you know that budget thing?

3 Let the dogs out… no not like that!  don’t do that but  how about volunteering your time …perhaps an hour ..if I recall the animal shelter over on New York Ave (DC) will probably allow  you to take a dog for a walk! You may have to show your ID! You know times are tough out here for many of ya.. unemployment reported up 10 % IN THIS TOWN….notice I didn’t mention the nation’s capital

4 The Atlanta Braves are in town ..I think they’re playing the Washington Nationals ..a place to get away from it all ..that stress I mentioned at the beginning of this article. Get a cold beverage…Nattie Bo or a sot drink and hot dog and some Cracker Jacks and simply get lost in the fifth inning.

5 I’ m stopping here at five leaving you at 6-10 things  to do to lighten up …leave it alone for a while …get away…do something different that’s positive and legal and safe. I do not want you to harm yourself nor someone else out here  while living a little.

* I did want to mention that I did see in the news the other day that there were some collective dancing going on in the streets.I’m for that !

There are an assortment  of clubs and eateries in this place and  do stay healthy my friend…moderation on the spirits ..can’t imagine someone over doing it.

So , Life Coaching begins with me  lightening up and living a little!

Curt Canada is an Executive ,Career,and Leadership,and  Personal Development Coach at FindingyourZenith in Washington DC. Email Curt at curtcanada@verizon  for all questions,inquiries,and comments.

Two weeks ago I found myself in a sea of job and career seekers looking to be hired for one of no more than about 150 positions in areas of administrative support and IT related jobs featured by local universities in Washington DC. I would estimate that at least 2,500+ persons attended this Job Fair!

I happened to ask a couple of young men very much unprepared for this occasion “are you looking for a job or a career?”

I noticed within seconds a blank stark-like response enveloped on their faces as if I had said something wrong.

To my amazement they both replied,” I really don’t have a response for you.” My conversation led to sharing with them the definition for each word.

It really makes a difference about what you are seeking when attending a Job Fair. These companies and institutions are going out of their way to seek potential employees. Keep in mind that they are bringing the jobs to you!

Career (as defined in Wikipedia) is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as a person’s “course or progress through life (or a distinct portion of life)”. It is usually considered to pertain to remunerative work (and sometimes also formal education).
The etymology of the term comes from the Latin word carrera, which means race (as in “rat race”.

A Job (as defined in Wikipedia) is a regular activity performed in exchange for payment. A person usually begins a job by becoming an employee, volunteering, or starting a business. The duration of a job may range from an hour (in the case of odd jobs) to a lifetime (in the case of some judges). If a person is trained for a certain type of job, they may have a profession. The series of jobs a person holds in their life is their career.

It doesn’t matter how much time and money you invest in your résumé because if you have not defined for you what you’re attempting to carry out then you’re not going to be one of those successful candidates attending.

Quite frankly, I want you to get hired and to get noticed at you’re your next Job Fair visit.

Let me suggest a few tips for being competitive and successful in your approach to getting hired:

* Research job and career trends

* How does your skill set(s) match with the job posted

* Think long-term

* Re-educate an update your training for that specific posting if necessary

* Ask the employer about other job possibilities that may be coming up that’s not advertised at this particular Job Fair.

* Are your values congruent with the position you’re seeking?

* Stay positive and don’t ever give up

* Seek advisement from a career coach or counselor

Lastly, make sure you get your questions answered at those Job Fairs and leave on a positive note because now you have learned and you are much closer than you were before today to getting hired!

Curt Canada is Executive, Career, and Leadership Development Coach at FindingYourZenith in Washington DC. He holds a MSW in Social Work from the University of Iowa MAT in Teacher Education from the American University. Mr. Canada is a member of International Coach Federation and Christian Coaches Network.

I suppose that I have written this blog for the past two years perhaps but I seem pressured almost every time I go to post my next entry. I don’t know why that happens , perhaps its stage fright or its human.

So when was the last time you said thank you to someone and really meant it? Tough question ,huh, especially in today’s world ,where we may begin our day thinking, what have you done for me lately or what’s in it for me. Surprisingly enough ,it feels good when its coming from another person. Better yet try counting the several times you publicly hear someone saying Thank you. You might be amazed of its frequency.

Elvis Presley actually coined the phrase of politeness by adding two more words, very much. Thank you very much was evidenced often to the many audiences during his unforgettable performances!

I’m about to reach over 970+ hits to my page and quite frankly I would probably have more but it’s not about the measure but I hope a message or a sentence that was inspiring and uplifting and which built confidence when there weren’t any around.

I found something from the book ” The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne” about showing a little gratitude and how much power it possesses if you were to do this daily. Here’s how it goes….

“Be grateful for what you have now. As you begin to think about all the things in your life you are grateful for, you will be amazed at the never-ending thoughts that comes back to you of more things to be grateful for. You have to make a start, and then the law of attraction will receive those grateful thoughts and give you more just like them. You will have locked into the frequency of gratitude and all good things will be yours.” Don’t take my word for it .try it , I suppose.

I’m only expressing my thanks for each of you who have visited my blog here at FindingYourZenith. Not going anywhere for now ….just sharing a little gratitude! I would love to hear what you have to say on the topic!

Thank you, very much!

Curt Canada builds confidence in his clients as an Executive, Leadership, Career, and Life Coach at FindingYourZenith , a private Coaching practice in Washington, DC.

They say that pictures are more than a thousand words….take a look at this picture that was sent to my wife, Basia from my father-in-law in Poland who documents a day in the life of my mother-in-law ( Stasia)who invest her time in birthing little puppies!   I can only report that this was a “Wow” moment for me!   How about you?

     “ This is one example or definition of  the meaning of  ” Finding Your Zenith.”

 

Curt Canada  is the founder of  FindingYourZenith a Life,Career, and Leadership development Coaching practice in Washington,DC. Visit Curt at www.findingyourzenith.com