Minds are Powerful Things
Have you ever wanted to make a change to your life style and could only manage to change if for a few days, or even just a few hours? It is often because we begin a wrestling match with our minds. Then our bodies jump on the bandwagon and confirm that we are hungry, or tired, or anxious or angry. Changing our minds to change your body is the way to make long lasting alterations to your life. Read on to learn more.
Mid-Life is a Time for Change
Wanting to make changes to our lives is natural at mid-life. One common adjustment that we want to make is with regards to our health. Our health includes taking care of our body, mind and spirit. They are inextricably intertwined. The mind: body connection is real. Think about this; we can experience feelings from past experiences just by thinking about them. For example, we can sense the tightening of our stomachs with anxiety as we think about a recent fight we had with our spouse, or the tense interaction we had with our boss at work. Or we can smile and feel the warmth in our spirits as we remember a joyful event from the past.
What our mind thinks our bodies feel. This is a powerful consideration.
How many of us want to feel tense, angry or sad? I would venture to say that if one is given a choice, the answer is none of us. But is it possible to think ourselves out of a funk? Yes it is. However, just like changing our eating or our exercise habits, changing our thought habits takes, time, focus and patience. In my book, Second Chance at Health: Learn to Love Active Living and Clean Eating, I discuss how regaining physical health can improve your emotional health. When a decision is made to begin taking care of one aspect or ourselves, it must, by default improve other aspects of our being.
At mid-life we begin to self-evaluate. This self awareness means that you acknowledge your how your thoughts produce actions in your life. For example, being a perfectionist can create a negative state of being as we berate ourselves for not meeting our expectations or standards. Understanding and being aware of our feelings towards other is an important skill as well. Are you disapproving of others? Are you holding them to your perfectionist standards? Do you find that you disapprove of others? Why are you disapproving? Do you find that you annoyed easily by others? What is the source of your annoyance? Being self-aware is half of the battle. The other half will be changing those thought patterns. So how can we change our thoughts?
Accentuate the Positive
One way to indirectly change how you think is to begin thinking about what you do have rather than what you don't have. Begin thinking about the positive attributes of the people in your life.
Begin listing the positive points of a situation. This will lead to your thinking being adjusted to the positive in someone or a situation. The positive thoughts will ultimately, overtime, change how your body feels.
The process is circular, you are thinking positive thoughts and then your sadness, anger and tension subsides. Your body begins feeling better and your mind will sense this and more happy thoughts occur.
When you begin to feel more positive in both mind and body, you will sense a shift in your world. You will soon notice more positive experiences occurring and prayers are answered and opportunities arise. It is not your imagination. Positive energy draws positive energy.
Change Your Mind to Live Well
Besides my suggestions above, follow this link to learn more steps to take to live well. How can we really make changes to how we react to the world? Barbara Waxman, a well-known blogger has some easy to follow tips to how to harness the positivity of the world around us. Check out her blog Give Up Perfection and Try Gratitude: 3 Rules for Living Well.