The last few blog posts have been about the benefits of exercise for mental health conditions of depression, anxiety, or post traumatic stress disorder and how exercise is an important part of the overall health of a person with a mental health condition.
Yet, so much of health is all about habits and actions, but where do these all stem from? What if we don’t have to make as many changes as we think we do? What if there was one powerful thing that makes a lot of difference?
That thing is mindset.
Creating A Mindset For Health
Mindset is sometimes called “the story we tell ourselves.” It’s our attitude toward things in our life. And we have control over our mindset.
And research is showing that it may be far more powerful than we thought.
A health mindset study ... Researchers at Stanford University looked at a bunch of people's health and wellness lifestyle habits, as well as health markers. What they found was that the people who thought they were a lot less active had a higher risk of getting health conditions, reducing their health, than the general public. And, they also had up to 70% higher risk of acquiring health conditions, that would worsen their health than people who thought they were more active. Even if they actually weren't less active!
How is this even possible that people who simply thought they were less active had higher risks, even if it wasn’t true?
There are a couple of ideas why.
- First, is that maybe if we feel like we’re less active, it may make us feel more stressed. And stress isn’t good for our mental or physical health.
- Second, there may be a bit of a mind-body connection where the body embodies what the mind visualizes.
Researchers don’t know why, but what matters is that there is a good mindset. So, let me give you a couple of strategies to boost your mindset for health as you embark on your journey towards exercise for your mind and body …
Health Mindset Strategy 1 – Aim For Good Enough
Almost no one eats perfectly seven days a week. It’s inevitable that obsessing over the quality and quantity of everything we eat or drink isn’t necessarily a great mindset to have.
It can bring on binging, shame, and guilt – none of these are great ways to get healthy. We want to get healthier by making better choices and building better habits. And these are usually best done incrementally – one step at a time.
So, instead of having a black and white approach where everything is good or bad, why not try aiming for good enough to empower ourselves to make better choices, instead of perfect choices.
Health Mindset Strategy 2 – Stop Making Trade-Offs
When you try to earn a gluttonous weekend by eating clean during the week, you’re making a trade-off. You’re telling yourself that, as long as you’re good most of the week, you can go wild on the weekend.
And that’s not awesome because the mindset is jumping from one extreme to the other. You’re controlling what you do all week, and possibly thinking about how to indulge over the weekend. Just live as though you’re trying to do well every single day. Like you care about your health and wellness. You’re doing your best, and that’s good enough.
Final Thoughts …
Mindset for health can be a powerful tool for better mental and physical health. There’s a proven mind-body connection that research can measure.
Thinking positively, and dropping the black/white and good/bad labels, can help you reach your health goals.
How is your mindset for your overall health? Which of these tips resonate with you the most? How are you going to implement them in your life? Let me know 🙂
Committed to your success,
Founder & Chief Medical Exercise Specialist
p.s. Join me for the FREE Mental Health 10 Step Challenge: First Steps To Self-Care Through Lifestyle Habits© that I will be opening up the week of February 17th in a Facebook Group to help YOU get your body moving. along healthy lifestyle habits. Even if you’re a complete beginner, this would be absolutely perfect for you to get the momentum going.
Follow The Other Pain Clinic Inc™ for more information about this challenge and other health and lifestyle habits you can do, even if you have a chronic pain or mental health condition.
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