Have you ever tried one of those fad diets? Did you start to see results only to gain everything back and then some? I’m going, to be honest as a health and wellness expert, I hate fad diets! They never work and they often create even more health-related issues for the individual. While I am a firm believer in nutrition making up 80% of the work you need to put into weight loss and 20% is exercise. One thing most people forget about that can change their success rate for every aspect of what they do. The biggest obstacles people have to overcome are more often than not in their heads. Now, I don’t mean you are making things up or anything like that. But when it comes to our health you would be surprised at how many roadblocks we put on ourselves before we even get started.
Where Did It All Go Wrong?
I want you to stop and think about the last time you tried to lose weight. A time when you were doing everything right. You were eating all the right foods, getting your regular exercise in, taking additional supplements, and even getting enough sleep. Were you able to keep those pounds from coming back on? The unfortunate truth is that for most of us that answer is no. While we may be doing all the right things from the outside, on the inside we may not be. I cannot tell you how often I come across a client who is stuck in an internal battle where they don’t feel like they deserve to be happy and healthy. It breaks my heart to see just how much damage those internal thoughts can have. That is why I incorporate five key elements: nutrition, supplements, sleep, exercise, and of course mindset.
The Mind Is Amazing
Your mind is by far the most powerful tool you have at your disposal. It can literally make or break your chances of success in ANYTHING that you do. Stress is easily one of the most common causes of weight gain. With everything that has been going on in the world as of late, it is easy to see just how damaging stress can be on our bodies. From weakening our immune systems to forcing our body to hold onto unwanted excess weight. Getting into the proper mindset for success is critical to ensure you take and keep the weight off. While there are a number of things you can do to naturally help reduce your stress levels and get your mind in the right place. I like to focus on options that are going to offer you multiple benefits.
Where’s Your Happy Place?
One of my favorite ways to destress and refocus my mind is through meditation. Consistent meditation has been shown to help naturally rewire your brain and actually help you stay positive during stressful situations. Not only is it a great way to naturally lower your stress levels it can also help to naturally lower your blood pressure too! One of the biggest reasons I suggest it to my clients is because it helps them to focus more on their inward self. I know that sounds odd, but most of us have some really deep dark baggage that we have pushed to the back of our minds from long ago. For most of us we have been dealing with it for so long that it has become our new normal. We need a way to dive deeper to figure out what is keeping us from reaching our goals.
An Attitude Of Gratitude
Another one of my favorite things to do with my clients is to have them start a gratitude journal. The funny thing about the mind is that it generates energy on the things we choose to focus on. So, if you are stuck on thinking about everything that is going wrong your mind wants in on that action too. This leads to your mind fixating on even more issues making it even harder to see the good. Remember it works both ways. In fact, research has shown that focusing on just three positives a day can rewire your brain to focus on the silver lining in every situation in as little as 30 days. I try to think of at least 3 highlights of my day each night before bed and 3 things I am looking forward to for the next day.
Make Time To Unwind
One of my favorite pieces of advice actually came from one of my coaches (that’s right, everyone needs a coach to help keep us on track). She told me a great hack to avoid burnout is to schedule your breaks first. When you make de-stressing a priority you really don’t need to put in any additional work. A good rule of thumb is to give yourself 10-15 minute breaks every 2-3 hours. If you really want to maximize this time I suggest squeezing in a little light stretching. Exercise is an important part of our everyday life. We need to keep circulation moving throughout our bodies, it helps prevent toxins from building up within our muscle tissues. If you find you suffer from muscle tension or aches you may not be moving enough. Give it a go for a week. You will feel the difference in no time.
Eliminate Your Limiting Beliefs
While reducing your stress levels is sure to help you kick those unwanted pounds to the curb. You may need to dig even deeper if you want to remove any emotional roadblocks. For those of us who have experienced trauma at some point in our lives, it can cause us to view ourselves in a negative way. You would be surprised by how much you can learn about yourself the deeper you dig. Some of the most effective ways to eliminate these mental roadblocks are to speak to a therapist or work with an NLP or RTT coach to remove them. Each practice brings its own unique approach to help you break down the walls you have built up inside your mind. Personally, I enjoy RTT and NLP techniques. Find out which one works best for you.
What Works For You
No matter which option you choose to take that can improve your chance of success, each of these tools is sure to help you keep your peace of mind. Just remember your mind will always go in the direction you choose to focus on. Make sure you are focusing on things that are going to help you maximize your health and happiness. I am always more than happy to help you maximize your success and get the most out of every day. Our time here is precious and we need to treat it that way. None of us know just how long we get to stay here. Why not do everything you can to ensure that you are making the most out of every moment?
Ready To Reboot Your System?
Clearly, there are plenty of options out there for us to make healthier choices. If you are like me and are ready to kick this couch body to the curb then you are going to want to stay tuned for even more weight loss keys. Can’t wait for more health and wellness tips? Why not join my online community? If you are interested in working with me one-on-one you can always book a call with me or even send me an email [email protected]. Are you looking for real skills and tools to help you process stress? Stress is part of all of our lives and it can destroy our health. Get ready to learn how to stop stress in its tracks naturally!