The link between body and mind is a powerful tool in the challenge to be happy and healthy, and one that you should be using if you want to look and feel your best.
Having a great mental attitude can also help you stay on track when you’re making changes to your diet or exercise because it’s not always going to be simple. Stress, work, family, and life, in general, tends to challenge our plans, but if your mindset is strong and focused, it will be much easier for you to stick to your plan and reach your goals.
You can build up your mindset in a few small steps that lead to some pretty big changes.
Focus on what’s going right.
To develop a more positive focused mindset, you need to pay more attention to what IS going right, rather than on what you still have to work on. For example, if you managed to get to the gym once this week, that’s great! Even if your goal is to go 4 times a week, that’s ok. You have to start somewhere. Take note of what happened that you missed the other three workouts and find ways to work around those obstacles and make sure that you make more progress next week.
Practice some self-care.
Self-care is a very personal thing and is dependant on what make you feel good, but try to work in a few rituals that make you feel like you’re being looked after. Maybe that means a green smoothie every morning, 30 minutes by yourself to read every day, or maybe making time to give yourself a manicure. Anything that helps you feel at ease and cared for is important.
It also sends a very powerful message to your subconscious…
“I am worth caring for!”
Break your goals up into small steps.
Nothing helps you stay positive and focused like success, so breaking your goals up into smaller steps that are easier to achieve means that instead of focusing on how far you still have to go to get to say, a 50lbs weight loss goal, you’re celebrating losing 5lbs regularly. This can help you stay motivated and means you’re more likely to stick with your plan since you’re regularly seeing success.
Keep an eye on your stress.
Stress is the number one reason why people get overwhelmed and start to slide back into old habits, and managing your stress is a very important aspect of respecting the mind/body balance. Too much stress causes your body to over produce adrenalin and cortisol which means that your body not only starts to store fat, but you’ll also feel exhausted and overwhelmed, and less likely to eat well or exercise.
To help manage your stress, try making short to do lists with only the essential items on it, take regular breaks at work, especially if you spend a lot of time sitting at a computer, and try to do something physical that’s calming, like yoga or going for a walk through a park.
Your mind can have a huge impact on your physical state and how you care for your body, so it’s worth making sure you have a good routine for a healthy mind as well as a healthy body.