10 Ways To Have a Healthy Mindset
Did you know that being healthy is about looking after your wellbeing — both mentally and physically? These two basically go hand in hand in order to achieve a healthy lifestyle!
Having a good state of mind can improve your sense of wellbeing and your ability to function in everyday life confidently, especially when a challenge arises. I find that if I am in a positive mindset it also helps me to smash out my workouts and feel better about exercising!
- Accept yourself for who you are
- Make healthy food choices
- Surround yourself with positive people
- Appreciate the little things
- Find a hobby
- Give back to others
- Talk about your feelings
- Review your life regularly
- Focus on what you can control
- Use failure to encourage success
How to have a healthy mindset
Here are my top tips on how to have a healthy and positive mindset:
1. Accept yourself for who you are
Many people struggle with low self-esteem and a low sense of self-worth. I can totally understand this as we are faced with examples of what ‘beauty’ is meant to look like on almost every social media platform and media outlet.
It can be hard to love ourselves when we are constantly comparing ourselves to others. Whilst I encourage you to always strive to be better, to be healthier and to be happier - you need to understand you can only do it for you and no one else.
You were born this way for a reason, because you are unique. No two people will ever be the same, so there is no point trying to be someone else.
If you focus on being the best version of YOU, you will feel so much happier as you aren't constantly comparing yourself to others.
2. Make healthy food choices
This may seem like a cliche but it is SO important. If you eat a diet of highly processed foods that have little nutritional benefit, you are doing your body an injustice. Good nutrition allows your body to function at its absolute BEST, making you feel good from the inside out.
Processed foods are filled with nasty chemicals that can affect your brain in a negative way. If you are constantly stressed, try to cut out caffeine and foods high in salt and refined sugar. You will feel so much better!
3. Surround yourself with positive people
Surrounding yourself with friends, family and people who are positive in general will give you a greater sense of wellbeing. Take the time out of your busy schedule to socialise with your friends, go out and try new things and have fun!
Feeling appreciated, loved and laughing helps to keep your mental health in check. Having positive people surrounding you also encourages to strive towards your goals and be the best version of you possible.
If you’re struggling to find support within your own networks, try connecting with the BBG Community in your area. You’ll find thousands of like-minded women from all over the world sharing their struggles and successes in becoming healthier, more confident versions of themselves.
4. Appreciate the little things
Our lives these days can be so hectic, we are constantly plugged into our phones which are feeding us news from every corner of the globe.
This can get overwhelming at times and we may forget what is really important in life. Every week, set some time aside to disconnect from all social media and switch off your devices to spend more time doing little things that make you happy like sipping a cup of tea or reading your favourite book. Take everything in, without doing it through your phone screen. Say hi to a stranger, enjoy time with your pet or simply meditate.
Making this a regular habit can help you to relax and appreciate the little things that make you happy.
5. Find a hobby
It is so important to develop multiple skills and hobbies over your lifespan, as these can give you a purpose in life and bring you joy.
If all you do is work or study then go home and repeat the cycle, eventually, you may feel underwhelmed with your life. Doing things that make YOU happy helps to keep your mind happy.
Starting a new hobby is also a great way for you to meet like-minded people and expand your networks beyond your usual social circle.
While your interests may change year to year, as long as you have something to look forward to, you will feel more positive!
6. Give back to others
Caring and giving back to others is a part of maintaining healthy relationships.
When you care for someone you become naturally concerned about their welfare. If you have lost touch with some of your friends or family, try to do something nice for them that shows you care. When you do something for someone without expecting anything in return, it makes you feel better as a person.
Call your grandmother who you haven't spoken to in a while, or volunteer within your local community. Small acts of kindness like this can make you feel happy and appreciated.
7. Talk about your feelings
Many of us keep a lot of our feelings in, whether that be sadness, anger or disappointment.
Sometimes we don’t talk about our feelings because we don’t want to ‘bother’ people with our problems. However talking about what we are feeling can help to process our thoughts and feelings, and move on from them.
If you don’t want to talk to anyone about your feelings, writing in a journal can really help. Spend some time weekly writing down your feelings, and you will feel so much better having expressed them.
8. Review your life regularly
Time is so precious, and it seems to be going by faster and faster each year. We may have goals in mind that we would like to achieve, but how often do you sit down and track their progress?
Sitting down every few months to track what we are doing in life can be really helpful to see where we are making good progress and areas that we can improve. This helps us to be real with ourselves and maybe adjust our paths if what we are doing is not working.
9. Focus on what you can control
Many of us spend a lot of time worrying about things we can’t control, ultimately all this does is stress us out and make us feel anxious.
Instead, focus your efforts on problems you CAN control, and if these seem enormous, break them down into smaller problems/tasks.
Remember there is always going to be something in life you won’t have complete control over, and that is just part of growing up and understanding what you should and should not focus on.
10. Use failure to encourage success
If you are one of those people that get disheartened when you fail at something, learn to use it as an opportunity to create success!
It can be hard failing at something and we may instinctively want to give up, however, it is important to remember each time we fail at something it teaches us a lesson.
Learn from your mistakes and do better next time, use your failures to make you a better person. If you give up each time something goes wrong, you will encourage having a low sense of self-worth and may become too scared to ever try again. You’ve got this!
Practise these tips on how to have a healthy mindset!
I hope these tips have helped shift you towards a more positive and healthy mindset!
Remember, changes don’t happen overnight. Start small by replacing a bad habit for a healthier one. Gradually you will learn to focus on prioritising the things that have the greatest impact on your health and wellbeing.
* Results may vary. Strict adherence to the nutrition and exercise guide are required for best results.