Let’s get something straight.. Being healthy isn’t limited to kale and green juice. While both are quite delicious and pretty damn good for you, we are going to explore a major part of your well being that is often overlooked.
That voice in your head, the mind, your conscious self. Whatever you choose to call it we need to bring awareness to it’s vast capabilities. One moment it can be your greatest ally, with feelings euphoria and bliss, and the next it can be your worst enemy with thoughts of self-criticism and worry. What you “think” determines whether you are aligning with negative or positive.
It’s completely natural to think a negative thought. It becomes problematic when you give-in to negative thinking and let it consume you. The more you think about it, the more momentum it gains and before you know it, it can manifest into unhappy realities.
So how to we halt these limiting beliefs and stop worrying about things that “might happen”, which in reality are just keeping us from reaching our full and fabulous potential.
Put these tools to use and you will see immense changes in your mind, body and soul.
- Thought labeling: Train yourself to become aware of a negative thought when it arises. Lets say you are thinking “I wish I had her body, she’s so fit and thin.” Stop in that moment and label it. Jealously. The more you do this, the easier it will come to you and the less it will negatively affect you. As you label the thought, it brings you into awareness. You will begin to realize how harsh and unrealistic you’re being. For example, in this scenario, I need to give myself more love and compassion because I am beautiful and unique. This technique can be used in any situation, from worrying to anger. Label the thought and watch it dissolve.
- Meditate: This isn’t just for the yogi’s, you too can greatly benefit from mediation. Meditation doesn’t have to be sitting in lotus position either. You can meditate while making your morning tea, vacuuming, going for a walk in nature, the possibilities are endless.
- Exercise: Exercise for the body is exercise for the mind. So many amazing things happen when you work out. Your body burns off steam, releases endorphins and helps you combat stress. I personally love to start the day with cardio.
“You have a mind, but you are not your mind” -Eckhart Tolle