Anyone who was tried and succeeded in living a healthy life knows that to achieve any long term goal, it is so much more than eating healthy and busting your gut in the gym. Increasingly, even the medical world is becoming aware that being healthy is not just a physical issue, but that it has as much, if not more so, to do with our state of mind.
I want to share with you four steps to a creating a healthy mind that will complement any diet and lifestyle regime.
Accept Yourself for Who You Are
Low self-esteem and self-worth are driven by media and society’s picture of idealism. Though as research from Syracuse University shows, the more dissatisfied women are with their bodies, the more likely they are to avoid exercise.
See, you were born the way you were for a reason, because you are unique. There is no-one else like you and even the chances of you being you are 400 trillion to 1, so there is no point trying to be someone else.
This means practicing the art of self-acceptance, which means you decide to make the choice to realise that you are beautiful and amazing as you are RIGHT NOW. That is a truth, and one that you should accept without questioning. In doing so, you are making a choice to arrive at a place of greater empowerment, no longer allowing society or others to decide for you.
Appreciate the Little Things
Life these days can be so hectic, we are constantly plugged into our phones and social media, which is feeding us information from every corner of the globe. This can get overwhelming at times and we may forget what is really important in life.
By taking the time daily to practise the art of gratitude, you start to recognise the gifts that you would otherwise miss, that are happening in your life every day.Not surprisingly, according to a study published in Personality and Individual Differences, grateful people are also more likely to take care of their health.
Furthermore, grateful people experience fewer aches and pains and they report feeling healthier than other people.
Surround Yourself with Positive People
Surrounding yourself with friends, family and people who are positive in general will give you a greater sense of wellbeing – which probably does not come as much of a surprise. This is known as emotional contagion and numerous studies show how other people’s feelings can have a positive or negative effect on you and vice versa.
In a study by Facebook, which took place over one week in January 2012, researcher’s randomly selected 689,003 people who view Facebook in English, and manipulated the number of positive or negative posts people saw in their feeds. They found that people who had positive words removed from their newsfeeds made fewer positive posts and more negative ones themselves, whereas people who had negative words removed made fewer negative posts and more positive ones.
Use Failure to Encourage Success
If you are one of those people that gets disappointed or beats themselves up when they fail at something, then learning how to use failure to create success can be very powerful! Failure is an inevitable part of life and cannot be avoided. Though, as anyone who has failed knows, it always teaches us a valuable lesson.
So learn from your mistakes and do better next time, use your failures to make you a better person. If you give up each time something goes wrong, you will encourage the perpetual cycle of low self-esteem and self-worth and may become too scared to ever try again. Remember, YOU GOT THIS!
Effects of Weight Stigma on Exercise Motivation and Behaviour – http://www2.psy.unsw.edu.au/Users/lvartanian/Publications/Vartanian%20&%20Shaprow%20(2008).pdf
Examining the Pathways between Gratitude and Self-Rated Physical Health across Adulthood – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23139438
Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks – http://www.pnas.org/content/111/24/8788.full