You've heard it before, and nothing could be truer than, 'Mindset is everything'! This saying is a wonderful summation of the mind-body (physical and mental) link to our wellness. Basically what we think or chose to focus our attention on, and the quality of our corresponding thoughts, has a direct impact on our emotions, our attitude to ourselves, our lives, our choices etc. We are what we think, kind-of....but this does not have to be our reality.
There is a process of developing self-awareness that we must cultivate in order to gain the insight we need to make any positive changes needed to our mindset. In reality, we are not really our thoughts, nor are our lives determined by past events.
My initial way of making sense of this mindset business, is gleaned from an awareness of my own personal thought processes. For instance, I used to worry about many things in my life 24/7, therefore the quality my thoughts were often centred around anxiety. I found it hard to switch off my unhelpful self-talk, and spent wasted hours just thinking about "what if this, or that happens". When you are constantly anxious, your body and senses are on 'alert' mode, and your decisions are based on this perception, which is not an actual reality.
Additionally, did you know that how we think also affects our body's chemistry too? For example, stressed out thoughts can lead to an elevated heart rate in some people. Feelings of disgust, fear, sadness, guilt, anger, anxiety and shame all also have an impact our physical health and of our body's ability to heal itself.
Improve Your Mindset
Becoming aware of our thinking processes can help us to improve our mindset immensely. So, more than focusing only on improving what we eat, "resolving what's eating us" is also a crucial part of our wellness journey. It is important to learn how to listen to ourselves and recognise that we have a choice, so that we can then take action. Focus on what you want to achieve, rather than any obstacles.
Once we have made a commitment to deepening our self-awareness, which includes our mindset, there are many mindset tools and resources at our disposal. Exploring them, is a journey into self-awareness itself. We also need to be careful where we look for inspiration. Our focus needs to be on creating more balance and equanimity in our lives, often referred to as being grounded, or more enabled and empowered to deal with what life presents us with. For some us, some of these tools will be more challenging than others, some offer techniques to use in our daily lives, while others offer an opportunity to go deeper into healing and resolving our issues.
Whatever resources we choose to explore, we will quickly discover which strategies resonate well with us. For those techniques that don't quite work, we will have been given an opportunity to get back on track by making the necessary adjustments to our personal exploration.
Over many years I have chosen to utilise different types of resources to help to calm my anxiety and become a more positive, 'can do' thinker and person. I meditate, walk, dance, journal, belong to support groups, have mentors and supporters. I take time out and I focus on what brings me a sense of fulfilment. As a result, I am much happier and optimistic than I have ever been, plus I look forward to even more joy in my life every day. Life is not always cool and wonderful, but I don't get knocked side-ways as often as I used to; And, I love my life!
You will know when your efforts are paying off - your re-newed attitude will lead you to attract the type of experiences you desire for growth and your decisions can therefore be made on those more positive experiences.
Try to imagine yourself being on an up for a longer period of time!
What does it feel like, look like, taste like, sound like?
Journal your answers to this question. Don't worry if immediate answers are not forthcoming, give it some time and see this as an opportunity for the type of 'self-reflection that' will enable you to practice with this tool, while you develop more self-awareness.
Another tool that has been created especially for you to use is my Raw Soul Food Map. If you are new journalling, it's a great creatively designed tool which encourages you think about your food-related wellness. Find out more here.
Having said all that, all the while that we are pursuing our positive mindset goals, remember this, a new, positive mindset, leads us towards new (and eventually better) life results...
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