A healthy mindset is the foundation of good health. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, you can drink 10 green smoothies a day, but if you’re constantly hating or hurting yourself, you will never be healthy. Here are my healthy mindset tips:
Gratitude – an attitude of gratitude changes your life. Whatever thoughts you consistently hold in your mind is exactly what you will experience and create in your life. It’s not the world against you at all. The world will give you everything you need (and more). This is science – if you need further convincing research epigenetics, the nocebo effect and how our perceptions translate the chemistry of our body. Each day I write down 5 things that I’m grateful for.
Connect with nature – there’s a reason why we feel so refreshed after spending time outdoors. It’s because nature is highly charged with negative ions. Negative ions help relieve stress, increase immunity and enhance vitality. Unfortunately our bodies aren’t absorbing enough negative ions because we’re constantly surrounding by electronic devices, pollutants and environmental toxins which emit positive ions. This is one of the reasons why fatigue, mental health issues and immune disorders are so prevalent today. It’s more important than ever that we get out in nature.
Present moment – learn to breathe deeply and really taste food, etc. Where ever you are, be all there. Too many of us are anxious (living in the future) or depressed (living in the past). We must make a conscious effort to be present. You can find more tips on living in the present moment and practicing mindfulness here.
Personal mantra and positive affirmations – if I’m feeling down or overwhelmed my personal mantra is, ‘I am safe, I am loved’. I actually say this out loud while looking in the mirror (if I can) and follow this with 20 deep breaths. This immediately brings me back to the present moment and out of my head. Meditation is also another amazing tool, which I wrote about here. Remember, sleep is the best form of meditation – aim for 8 hours each night.
Process your emotions – actually dealing with my emotions was a game changer for me. Realise that it’s okay to feel sad or cry. Actually process emotions so you can move on, rather than reliving them. Counselling – awesome! You can read more about my journey here.
Write it down – I write down how I’m feeling. For example, I might being with, ‘Today is difficult, I’m feeling overwhelmed, etc’. Don’t think too much, simply write whatever you’re feeling right now in the present tense. After you’ve finished writing, you take a different coloured pen and go back though your words and change everything to the past tense. For example, I would change my writing to, ‘Today WAS difficult, I WAS overwhelmed, etc’. This simple action gets everything out of your head and signifies that it’s okay to feel your emotions but that you’re making a choice to grow and learn from your feelings, rather than dwell on them. Remember, everything that happens to you in life is a lesson. You can either choose to let it destroy you or you can choose to learn and grow from it.
PS You might also be interested in how I transferred my healthy mindset to my wedding, which I wrote about here.
Do you have any tips to add to this list?