3 Simple Mindset Exercises to Help You Achieve Your Long-Term Health Goals
Achieving your health goals has more to do with your mindset than you might expect. Here are 3 simple techniques to set you up for success this year…
The start of a new year is always a great time to take stock of your health and set some goals for achieving a healthier mind and body in the months ahead. However, many people fail in their goals or resolutions within the first few weeks of the year. One of the main reasons why so many people don’t achieve what they set out to is not that they picked the wrong diet, or the wrong fitness plan. Instead, it has everything to do with their mindset.
The truth is, your mindset is at least as important as the methods you use to achieve success in your new diet and health routine. In order to make the changes to reach your new long term goals, you need your mindset to be in tune with those goals. Here are a few simple ways to master your mindset, and stay on track to achieving your health and fitness goals this year:
Meditation is one of the easiest ways to master your mindset and succeed in your health goals for the long term. When you think of mediation, you may think of just sitting down alone somewhere and freeing your mind or being quiet. The truth is mediation can simply mean focusing on one topic, like your health goals, and letting your mind freely and naturally explore that topic. You may be surprised with the thoughts that occur when you just focus on that one topic alone. Your mind can be very powerful in seeking out the reasons for any obstacles you have experienced and working through them when given the chance to be quiet and focus. Regular meditation has also been proven to significantly reduce stress and anxiety, which is always very beneficial for your health!
Positive wording is a huge issue when it comes to the mindset regarding your health goals and the long term results. When you sit down to review your goals or your fitness journal, make sure to look out for any negative words or phrases or complaints. Remove these words or phrases and replace them with more positive statements. Pay attention to when and why these negative words and phrases are used and reword your goals using more positive and affirming phrases. You’ll be surprised at what a positive difference this one simple change can make.
Journaling and Review
Journaling is a popular topic these days, but few people actually use this practice in their day-to-day lives. You don’t have to sit for hours journaling about every aspect of your life. Journaling can be something as simple as writing down your feelings or thoughts when you are stressed or upset. You don’t even have to write complete thoughts. Just jotting down what you are thinking or eating can help. Go back a day or so later and review your journal entry. Look for thoughts or habits that are recurring and that cause obstacles in your daily life and health goals (such as eating a lot of sweets when you feel stressed out). Make it a point to work on these issues either by replacing them, removing them, or coming to terms with the issues that cause them.
These three steps can help you master your mindset and make positive changes in your long-term health. Remember to revisit your goals regularly, and assess your progress. It’s okay to change your goals over time, but regardless of what your health goals may be, the methods above can always be used to help improve your odds of success!