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Change Your Mind to Change Your Body

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.

Self-Awareness

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.

Spiritual and Physical Wellness for Fitness after 40

Faith word cloud concept

Physical changes become apparent to us at midlife when we wake up and go to bed with sensations, aches and pains that were nonexistent until now. Our bodies are aging and we can see and feel the decline when we look into the mirror and experience longer recovery times after any form of physical exertion.

The spiritual part does not age or wither like our bodies; on the contrary this is the time in our lives that our spiritual selves can renew our vitality and zest for life apart from our failing bodies.

Often along with physical changes there comes a general unrest within our spirits that is not to be ignored. If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, this can be a new season for you. This is a season that your spirituality can mature by leaps and bounds because there is fewer worldly distractions from the general business of life.

This isn’t the time to give into fleshly desires, this is the time to press in, and seek God’s will for direction for this season in your life.

Regaining your physical health, the health that you took for granted and watched fade as you took care of everyone else in your 30’s and 40’s is not impossible to regain. Now it’s your time. This is your time to recapture the health of the physical temple that you have on loan by God. You can wake up without joint pain, or headaches, or other physical pains. You can wake up joyous and ready to serve God with the gifts that he has given you.

Ridding yourself of excess body weight, and increasing your physical activity can improve both your spiritual and physical wellness. My e-book Second Chance at Health is a good start to this process, check out the link.

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Spiritual and Health Tip: F

Forgiveness - all within my hands

F- Forgive and you will be forgiven

Luke 6:27

F is for Forgive: Forgiving yourself for your failures is as important as forgiving others. If you are on a diet or an exercise program and you fall of track,  be kind to yourself.

If a friend did the same thing you would not berate them over and over. So treat yourself as you would another.

Forgive yourself and forgive others…it makes a world of difference.

My book can help you attain and maintain your health in mid-life. Click on the link to purchase and start today!

Second Chance at Health