Do you ever feel like you just aren’t a healthy person or can never become one? It might be guided by some set of beliefs that has formed over the years—completely beyond your control.
I like to call it your mindset.
The thing about health is that you’ll never completely reach your goals with diet and exercise alone. The other huge piece of the puzzle is mindset. The beliefs that guide your thoughts, feelings, and actions need to be aligned with HEALTH rather than disease.
So, how can we create and cultivate a mindset for health? Here are a few ideas:
1️Envision what you want. What is it that you are trying to achieve? Is it better sleep? Weight loss? Calmer mood? Take the time to clearly envision where you want to be. You can write, journal, draw, or talk with a loved one—whatever helps you best get clarity on your end goal.
2️Recognize why you want it. Why do you want to achieve that goal? Is it so you can have the energy to play with your kids? So you have the confidence to start your own business? So you have the mental space to be present with your partner? No matter how badly you think you want to achieve something, you will have a hard time sticking with your plan unless you are rooted in WHY you want it.
3️Focus on what you can control. Not everything that affects your health is within your control. We all have a family history and events that shaped our past. Now it’s time to look at what things you do have control over and can change. Focus your attention there.
4️Take imperfect action. Taking action on the things you can control and that will move you towards your health goals is always more helpful than doing nothing at all. Don’t wait until the perfect time. Don’t wait until you have the money. Don’t wait until you know exactly what supplements to take. Act now and modify later.
5️Celebrate small wins. Even if all you have done is the first item on this list, that is a huge reason to celebrate. Every tiny step you take toward creating a health mindset is a win for you because it’s moving you in the right direction.
Shifting your mindset is not necessarily an easy thing to do. We often have beliefs and feelings that are deeply ingrained in our being. But it’s worth taking a step back. When you gain an awareness of your beliefs and consciously work to cultivate a mindset of health, you could experience lifelong benefits.
Not sure where to start on your health journey? Schedule a free call with Dr. Ryan here.