If you've been reading for awhile, then you know that I love supporting you with health information about food and exercise.
But today I want to give you tips on something that's even more powerful than ANY of that.
I'm talking about the most powerful muscle in your body: your brain!
Once you get your mindset right, everything else falls into place. It's the best weight loss and life elevating tool you possess, but you have to constantly focus on keeping your thoughts in check for success!
You can read about how I used these tools to heal my own life in my new book, The Rise.
5 Steps to a Healthy Mindset
1. Let it Go
The first step in letting go is being aware of or acknowledging the thoughts that no longer serve you.
Any limiting or closed-minded beliefs that are not supporting you on your journey need to GO. With practice, work on letting them go by applying steps 2-5.
Once you're aware of the thoughts, ideas, beliefs and old patterns that are not serving you, you then make the decision to shift.
Now this will not happen overnight, it takes dedication, commitment, and practice.
The best way to shift is to take 3 deep cleansing breaths before reacting. Then think of something you are grateful for or “going to your happy place” in your mind.
Another way to do this: put on your favorite tune and dance it out!
3. Lead with Love
Think about the true authentic self vs. the ego. The true authentic self-leads from the heart and leads with love vs. the ego who leads from fear and doubt.
So if you're confronted with a situation, pause and take a moment to drop down into your heart. Connect with your true, highest self and then make a decision from there vs. immediately reacting from the ego.
This will help you avoid arguments with yourself and others and ultimately help you find peace.
4. Practice, Practice, Practice
Cultivate the positive in every situation.
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Find the silver lining – there is ALWAYS a lesson to be learned from every experience – whether good or bad.
Actively try to find that lesson rather than falling into “victim mode.” Ask yourself, what did you learn? How did you grow? What will you do differently next time?
Shift into gratitude – this is one of the quickest and easiest ways to practice all of the above.
When you take the ego out of the situation, and instead connect with your heart and focus on what you are grateful for in your life, it reduces the significance of any daunting situation that lays before you.
5. Develop a Morning Ritual
I can't emphasize this enough! Morning rituals are the BEST way to begin the day and set you up for success.
The way you start your day sets the tone and your mood for everything you will encounter out in the world.
Here are some of the rituals I have found to be helpful:
1. Do NOT pick up your phone or computer until you have completed your rituals.
I am not going to lie – the first thing I want to do when I wake up is pick up my phone, check my emails and begin my day.
But that immediately causes me stress, anxiety and catapults me into the future versus being in the present moment. So I encourage you to give yourself 30 minutes in the morning, to yourself before diving into your to-do lists.
This may mean waking up 10-15 minutes earlier.
2. Daily affirmation or morning meditation – you can do this before you get out of bed or you can do this in the shower.
Taking 3-5 minutes to focus on your breathing or an affirmation for the day. Focus on what you want to bring more of into your life.
3. Morning Stretch for the body and mind. Take small movements and simple stretches to get the energy flowing through your body.
Perhaps sitting in child's pose, stretching from side to side, doing a few half sun salutations.
4. Morning Gratitude practice – this can be done during meditation in your mind or you can take a few minutes to write down in your journal the things you are grateful for.
It can be as simple as “I am grateful for the coffee I am about to drink” or “a hot shower” or you can get deep.
5. Hot water with lemon, tea, or coffee. Anything we do that is routine can become a ritual. So making your morning beverage can become a mindful practice.
Focus on the warmth and the comfort it brings you. Close your eyes and enjoy every sip.
6. BONUS: Practice morning self-love by taking 1 minute to look at yourself in the mirror – either face or full naked body and admire yourself. Say to yourself “I love you.”
I am not suggesting you do ALL of these every single day but if you can, put intention behind your morning. Fill it with intentional positive thoughts, shifting into gratitude and nourishing your mind, body and soul before starting your “workday.”
I can almost guarantee, you will find yourself in a better mood and be able to handle difficult situations thrown at you with more ease.
Yours in health and happiness,
P.S. I get raw and real about how these steps saw me through my darkest days and healed my life in my book, The Rise. It's available HERE.