I have described the pillars of overall health being: nutrition, movement, mindset, and environment.
- Nutrition – eating whole foods that nourish our body
- Movement – moving our bodies in ways that feel good
- Mindset – the thoughts and beliefs that have an impact
- Environment – living in an environment that is clean and free of toxins
Most of us know the above information, but it’s the implementation that can feel challenging.
Our ability to create sustainable health often includes addressing some long-standing habits. But where do we start? Sometimes even a simple change feels overwhelming. But what if there was one powerful tool we could use to make it easier?
That tool is your mindset.
Mindset is sometimes called “the story we tell ourselves.” It’s our attitude and beliefs toward things going on in our life.
It’s something that we have control over. And research is showing that it may be far more powerful than we thought.
Here’s a quick story about a fascinating study.
Researchers at Stanford University looked at the health and wellness lifestyle habits of over 60,000 people, as well as health markers.
What they found was that the people who thought they were a lot less active had a higher risk of death than the general public. And, they also had up to 71% higher risk of death than people who thought they were more active. Even if they actually weren’t less active!
How is it possible that people who simply thought they were less active had higher risks, even if it wasn’t true?
There are a couple of ideas why.
- One is that perhaps if we feel like we’re less active, it may make us feel more stressed. And stress isn’t good for our mental or physical health.
- Second, there may be a mind-body connection where the body embodies what the mind visualizes.
Researchers don’t know why, but the takeaway is that a good mindset is important. So, here are a couple of strategies to boost your mindset for health.
Go For “Good Enough”
Almost no one eats perfectly seven days a week. And obsessing over the quality and quantity of everything we eat or drink isn’t a great mindset to have. This is one of the things I’ll be talking about in the mindset challenge.
It can bring on binging, shame, and guilt – none of these are great ways to get healthy. We want to get healthier by making better choices and building better habits. And these are usually best done incrementally – one step at a time.
“ Healthy Eating Starts in the Mind”
Instead of having a black and white approach where we are either “on a diet” or not, try aiming for good enough every day. This will empower you to make better choices, instead of perfect choices.
Avoid Deprivation and “Cheat” Days
When you try to earn a gluttonous weekend by eating clean during the week, you’re making a tradeoff. You’re telling yourself that, as long as you’re good during the week, you can go wild on the weekend.
In this case, your mindset is jumping from one extreme to the other. You’re controlling what you do all week, and possibly thinking about how to indulge over the weekend.
It is always helpful to put on your detective hat and figure out what’s going on when you’re choosing or even planning to overeat. Are you stressed, bored or lonely? Habit change is something that we cover in the Finding Foodease Program. Once we identify our triggers, then we can systematically reverse engineer alternatives that will satisfy your needs without the overeating part.
Mindset for health can be a powerful tool for better physical health. There’s a proven mind-body connection that research can measure.
A new you starts with self-love and belief that you are successful in your changes. Spending some time exploring your mental health and doing work in this area can help you reach your health goals.
How is your mindset for health? Which of these tips resonate with you the most? How are you going to implement them in your life?
If you want some motivation and support to make a few changes
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