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Wishing You a Happy, Healthy Holiday Season!

invictus-games-geoffreyThe holiday season is fast approaching, and with it, the many joys and stresses involved with exchanging gifts, planning get-togethers and organising your family’s schedule. When considering these difficulties, it’s important to keep a healthy perspective on how you react to challenges. Dr Geoffrey (Chiropractor) attended the Invictus Athlete Camp, where he learned some vital principles that may help you. These ideas can be invaluable to keep in mind during your Christmas and New Year’s celebrations.

Stoicism, or the philosophy of action, is a well-known principle followed by influential people such as Marcus Aurelius, Seneca and George Washington. It’s focused on helping you deal with situations in life that are beyond your control. After all, we can’t control what happens to us. What we do have a say in, however, is our response. The powerful concepts described here apply to the business world, your relationships, parenting, sports performance and more.

A Hindrance, or a Chance for Improvement?

No matter what you may face, you have a choice: to be blocked by obstacles or to find a way to overcome them. This shift of perception is often used by athletes when they’re not getting the results they wish to see. If you go to a nutritionist, it doesn’t mean you eat poorly; a strength coach assisting you doesn’t mean you’re weak, and seeing a chiropractor isn’t just for when you’re in pain.

Rather, it shows that you want to get better.

One of the most limiting factors in sports performance is judging based on how you feel. There are two aspects to consider: motion, which involves action, and emotion, which involves feelings. Many put emotion first, feeling that they must feel motivated to do something. What happens if, instead, you just start doing it? It’s the perfect transition for adopting the right mindset. You can find out more about it in the book “The Invictus Mindset.”

Do You Have a Fixed Mindset?

Geoffrey at Invictus CampWith a mindset that is fixed, you’ll have a static view of the world, feel overly concerned with how others perceive you and be unable to achieve your full potential. The common symptoms are

  • Avoiding challenges
  • Giving up easily
  • Viewing your efforts as useless
  • Ignoring constructive feedback
  • Feeling threatened by others’ success
  • Lying about results

Those with a growth mindset, then, are characterised by

  • Embracing and seeking out challenges
  • Persisting despite setbacks
  • Viewing effort as a path to mastery
  • Learning from constructive criticism
  • Finding lessons and inspiration in others’ success
Adopting a growth mindset will challenge you to find better answers and increase your capabilities.

Happenings Around the Practice

Please join us in celebrating the incredible achievements of two of our team members. Susan, our clinic manager and assistant, is celebrating two milestones this month: her 20-year anniversary with us, and her 60th birthday. The happiest of birthdays to you, Susan, and thank you for all you do to support our team and patients!Additionally, Eline Pedersen has been recognised with a Stardust Awards for the difference she makes in the lives of others each and every day. This recognition is due to the positive force for change she has been in our community and beyond. The awards banquet she attended gave her the opportunity to meet and connect with like-minded individuals who seek to contribute to a greater society, and we couldn’t be more proud of her achievements!We also want to wish our lovely Deffieux family all the best on their move to India! We will miss you!

Jacobi in his Christmas jumper

Jacobi – our Christmas jumper contest winner – poses with Bob in our office.

Lastly, a big thank you to all the people that came in with their Christmas jumpers and hats having their pictures taken with Bob, our office mascot – he has even had a few kisses under the mistletoe.

The winner of this year’s Christmas jumper contest was Jacobi (pictured right, with Bob)!

Holiday Hours

Aberdeen Chiropractic Clinic is closed on

  • December 23rd, 25th and 26th
  • January 1st and 2nd
We look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

Barbell Shrugged. (2017). The science on motivation w/ Lenny Wiersma. [podcast] Available at:

Brute Strength. (2017). How High Performers Train Their Mind Using Stoicism ft. Ryan Holiday. [podcast] Available at:

Holiday, R. (2016). The Obstacle Is the Way. [United States]: IDreamBooks Inc.
Martin, C., Sun, C., Fearon, H., DeHart, N., Barto, A., Burgener, S., Nahama, J. and Bougie, J. (2015). The Invictus Nindset. San Diego, Calif.: Invictus Fitness.

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