Written by: Janet Early
It’s that time of year again when many of us have officially abandoned our New Year’s Resolutions and bad habits have crept their way back into our psyche.
But now that winter’s over, the spring renaissance gives us the wonderful chance to start fresh once again! To help you on your rebooted journey to health and wellness, here are some tips to help RESET YOUR MINDSET.
#1. Cut Yourself Some Slack
This tip comes first and foremost. If you previously made goals that you for one reason or another didn’t get to, forgive yourself. Life is a real thing and it gets in the way sometimes, no matter how focused you are.
The fact that you are making goals shows that you are committed to self-betterment, which is the most important step.
Have you cut yourself some slack on things that happened in the past? Cool, because now and only now can we move on.
#2. Take Inventory
There are great things going on in your life right now. Even when the bad cast shadows over the good, it is key to your general wellness to be able to reflect on your blessings and experience gratitude.
Do you have a solid support system, are things going well at work, do you love where you live, was it sunny yesterday? Gratitude has been linked to numerous health benefits, both mental and physical. At the very least, you, friend, have us – the Fitlife community – cheering you on in your health journey. Not to toot our own horn, but toot toot, we’re pretty great.
Take some time to really think about all the good things you have in your life; write them down if it helps. This is a vital step, because now that you have determined what you definitely want to keep in your life during spring cleaning, you can start to declutter.
#3. Get Rid Of Comparison
First thing to chuck in the garbage during your spring cleaning is comparison. It has been accurately stated that “comparison is an act of violence against the self.”
The human tendency to rank yourself against people your age or in your community or in your line of work is a complete waste of your valuable energy. Today, this “act of violence” can be most connected to social media.
When that girl you had Macroeconomics class with in college is smiling on Instagram with her hot fiance on a Caribbean vacation while you are tucked on your sofa binge-watching old episodes of The Bachelor, it can be easy to feel less than great. That mentality has devastating ramifications on your daily outlook and mood.
Let’s take care of this negativity, shall we? If you are checking your social feeds 12 times a day, cut it back to 2 times: morning and evening. And if there is someone that you follow/like/are “friends” with that usually creates feelings of inadequacy, unfollow that person.
Social media can be a wonderful source of empowerment and motivation. Follow people on it that you look up to. And most importantly, remember that it is not a reflection of reality. No one puts their bad days up on Facebook and not even a Clarendon filter is gonna change that reality.
#4. Move On From What You Can’t Use
When cleaning out the closet, you look for things that you never wear, accept that it’s time to move on and put them in a bag to donate to Goodwill. It’s time to do the same thing for your mind.
Consider those daily thoughts that you have that do not further you on your journey toward your goals; I’m talking about the distractions that discourage, de-motivate or push you off course.
This means saying goodbye to negative self-talk, worries over things that you can’t change and concerning yourself too much with what other people think. Peace out! Easier said than done, yes. But once you focus on acknowledging when these negative thoughts arise, it becomes possible to let them go.
#5. Reframe Your Outlook
Now that you have cleaned out some of the junk, it’s time to reframe your mindset.
Thinking positively can literally reshape the way you interpret hardship as well as the way that your body internalizes stressors. The power of the mind is astonishing.
The next time you are getting down on yourself for failing at something or something bad happens to you, realize that you have control over the most important piece of the puzzle: your outlook. Failure means that you strived for something and it offers opportunities for growth.
Try out this reframing phrase in tough times: “Bad things happen to everyone and I’m very fortunate to have X, Y and Z to help me through” (my X, Y and Z would be my dog, Legally Blonde and dark chocolate).
Ultimately, when you reframe your responses to negativity, you have total control over your moods. And when you have that powerful sense of positivity on your side, it becomes second-nature to look forward to the future and to what you can accomplish each and every day.
After all… Summer’s coming – what’s not to look forward to?
Do you have any other tips regarding how you can spring clean your mindset? Please share below and let’s continue on our mission to make 2016 a powerful year in your health and mindset transformation!
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