You can get all the best health tips in the world, but if your head is not in the right place, that advice won’t matter. When you live an unhealthy lifestyle and feel stuck in a cycle of poor habits and routines, you will need a lot of willpower to change these habits. Not only are you participating in unhealthy actions, but they have more than likely become a habit ingrained in your brain. This means you take these steps automatically, and it makes it difficult to change because habits are hard to break. That’s why you may feel like a failure when you promise yourself you are going to go to the gym, or start eating healthy the next week, and then cannot stick to it.
Old habits are hard to break, but there is something you can do to change it. If you work on your mindset, you will find yourself in a much better position to adopt healthier habits, stick with them and therefore, improve your happiness and quality of life.
Here are some top tips to help you get started with creating the mindset you need for better health.
Go easy on yourself
Don’t start your journey with a poor mindset and blame yourself for your unhealthy habits. You cannot change the past, but you can take steps towards a better future. Show yourself more compassion and believe in yourself and your abilities to change. Once you can compassionately accept where you are, set realistic expectations and trust yourself, you will put yourself in a much better position to succeed. Avoid pressuring yourself to be perfect, comparing your journey to others, and doubting yourself.
One of the biggest pitfalls in making health changes is setting unrealistic expectations. Many people will want to change everything about their life, all at once. Unfortunately, if you try to do too much, too quickly, it can become overwhelming, and exhausting. That is when you are more likely to feel like giving up and label yourself as a failure.
Instead, you should set realistic expectations, and start small. Begin by working on changing one habit into a good one. Do this for at least a few weeks, until the new habit is cemented in your brain. Then you can move on to the next. This will help you to trust yourself more, build your self-confidence and ability to make changes, and do it at a pace that does not overwhelm you (therefore, reducing stress at the same time!). It will also help you to build momentum at a good pace, and each time you add to your new habits, it will become a little easier to do.
Invest in good health options
If you are investing in food, people and places that you don’t like, it is not going to help you stay motivated. Make sure you review all aspects of your health, conduct research, and make quality changes, for example, shop in a store that offers high-quality food, visit a doctor that listens and you get on well with, schedule appointments with the best dentists in your town and go to a gym that is uplifting and well-equipped. If you put yourself in situations which you are not going to enjoy or lack in quality, you may find it harder to do, and therefore, sabotage your health. It will also mean you are actively improving your health, by giving yourself the best quality items and care money can buy.
A little bit of stress is good for personal growth. However, experiencing too much stress, or experiencing stress over a prolonged period, can be bad for both your body and your mind. Not only can reducing stress improve your health, but also your mindset and ability to make positive changes.
Making changes and creating new healthy habits can be extremely difficult, and even take you out of your comfort zone. This can be stressful for your mind in itself, which is why you need the resilience and ability to calm yourself when you’re under pressure to help you to keep moving forward. When you keep putting yourself in stressful situations, it is likely that your body is going to want to revert back to old patterns and habits, because they are in your comfort zone.
It is therefore important to equip yourself with tactics that will help you to calm your stress and stay positive amid a challenging situation. When your mind is all over the place, your logic is skewed and it can be difficult to see things as they really are. When you are in control, you can recognise your thoughts and centre yourself.
You can plan and talk yourself through all the positive health habits that you want to make, but until you start taking action, nothing will change. Taking action when you are trying to create a new habit can be difficult, so it is a good idea to plan for all scenarios. Start by uncovering what is stopping you from taking action when you are finding it hard, and come up with a personalised solution to help you through it. Everyone is motivated by different means, so it is important to find what motivates you personally, so you can use that when times get tough. Keep the end result and the reason why you are making these changes at the top of your mind, and make notes along the way. Tracking your progress can be a great motivator in taking action and moving forward.
Creating new healthy habits can be more difficult than you realise. While there is a wealth of information online on what habits you can change and how to change them, you need to ensure you work on your mindset first. If you don’t, you may find yourself resorting back to your old habits and patterns, and getting stuck in a vicious cycle. Mindset is one of the most important aspects of overcoming bad habits and creating new, sustainable ones.