The key component you may be missing in your health + weight loss journey
If we want to get healthy or lose weight, we all know (and have heard a million times) that we need to eat clean and exercise regularly to see + feel results.
But what if there was one other thing, even more important than those two concepts, that most people are missing. Well, there is! And it's a total game changer.
Want to know what it is? It's mastering the MIND.
What does the mind have to do with it? EVERYTHING. The way our mind operates each and everyday affects the thoughts we think, the actions we take, and the way we feel about ourselves and our environment.
Why would we choose to eat healthy when we tell ourselves it will make our lives miserable?
Why would we choose to go workout if we believe it's a waste of time and that we won't ever lose the weight?
Why would we choose to take care of ourselves when we don't feel like we're worthy?
Another aspect of this is the weight emotional stress places on our body. Emotional stress is actually one of the biggest offenders for poor health. This is due to multiple reasons, but one of the main causes is because of the release of excess cortisol, keeping you consistently in "fight or flight" mode. This setting is NOT conducive to healing (and subsequently weight loss), as it takes energy away from your digestive system, immune system, reproductive system, and growth processes, and even promotes fat storage.
You might be saying that you can't change what happens to you and the stress in your life, so there's nothing you can do about it. You're right to some extent...there are some things in your environment that you can't change. But you CAN change how you feel about these stressors, how you react to these stressors, and how these stressors affect you, as well as how you feel about yourself.
There are many ways to master this and it usually requires a multifaceted approach, but it's important to try out various techniques and see what feels right to you. Note that resetting the way your mind thinks takes time and lots of work. You won't wake up tomorrow and feel like you've got it all figured out, but day by day you will feel better about yourself, become happier and more confident, and notice yourself taking positive action toward your health goals (and everything else in life).
Here are my 2 favorite ways to start on the path for hacking your mind for better health:
1. Get rid of the negative voice in your head.
You know that voice that tells you you can't do something or that you aren't good enough? Yeah, that one. We all have one. Personally, I named that voice Karen and have to keep her in check each and every day. Keeping Karen's voice out of my head requires lots of consistency, as she's always trying to pop in several times a day. But Karen is a liar and not my friend.
Whenever Karen comes on in, I mentally say "NO!" and redirect my attention to a positive thought that serves me. There is no benefit for us dwelling on our own limiting beliefs and negative thoughts, so don't give these thoughts your attention.
(By the way, there's nothing wrong with the name Karen, it's just what popped into my head when I needed a name for her!)
2. Take actions that stem from love.
This is most easily explained with examples.
Let's say we want to lose some weight...if we choose to eliminate all the processed foods we usually eat by coming from a place of restriction and self-hate for one's body, then this way of eating will not be sustainable and achieve any results.
However, if we choose to eliminate processed foods because we love our body, want to treat it with respect, and truly feel our best, then you'll want to fuel yourself with nourishing, whole foods, filled with vitamins, minerals, and all the good stuff.
This shift in perspective is what turns a temporary diet into lasting,sustainable change that's actually enjoyable!
Think about it...if we choose to take action from a place of love, then these actions will be a positive experience for us. All this requires is a change in our intentions and our viewpoints.
The important thing to understand here is that this mental strategy and way of thinking will enable POSITIVE change, encourage you to take inspired action, and handle stress with much more ease and clarity.
There are several other things you can do to help master the mind, such as meditation, visualization/manifestation, affirmations, gratitude, etc., and these will most definitely be a blog post in the future. However, in the meantime, these two hacks are a great place to start on your journey towards better health and a happier life.
Is this a new concept to you that you're willing to try?
Or have you already personally realized how important the mind is in your health journey? Are there other strategies that I didn't mention that work for you?
If you'd like some more help with this mental work and are interested to see how I can help you in your health transformation, schedule a free 30 minute call and we can chat! Contact me here.