Your Thoughts Matter
I am sure you have heard the quotes: “Change your thoughts change your life”. Or Change your thoughts and you change your world”. Well, guess what??? They are absolutely true!
Any change you want to make comes from your thinking.
Your thoughts are what shape your mindset. So it is all about what you are thinking and saying in your mind and to yourself. Those subconscious thoughts matter too!
Any time you attempt to make a change with actions, but have not initially worked with your thoughts and mindset about it won’t last! I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but it is true. You will use will power to white knuckle your way through but that gets old. You have to make up your mind that the change you are making is worth it and you will do it no matter what because your current situation has to change.
There is no “faking it until you make it” because you won’t make it if you don’t do the mindset work!
And this applies to any and every change you want to make in your life. It could be to lose weight, be a better spouse, save money, be financially free, etc.
So let go of the “fake it until you make it” mentality and do the thought work.
Thought work matters!
Starting a Healthy Lifestyle: Hard or Naw?
Starting a healthy lifestyle is thought to be HARD by so many. Heck I have fallen victim to thinking a healthy lifestyle is hard.
The truth of the matter is that starting a healthy lifestyle does not have to be hard.
First, manage your thoughts to believe that adopting a new and healthier lifestyle is not hard. Maybe it can be fun! Or challenging! Or complex because you still have a lot to learn about how to be healthier. But it does not have to be hard.
You have to be COMMITTED to having a healthier lifestyle.
Once you are committed, then be CONSISTENT.
Commitment and consistent are key to starting and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
And of course, if you struggle with this on your own, you can always hire a coach, such as myself to help you, cheer you own, and hold you accountable along the way!
How Can I Start My Day Off Right?
So many people feel like this:
It’s Monday and I have so many things to do!
I am already irritable and the day just started.
I wish this wasn’t the case.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
I implore you to practice a morning routine.
I swear by mine!!!
I love starting my day off in a positive mindset.
My mindset permeates the rest of my day, which is AWESOME and wouldn’t happen regularly if I did not practice my morning routine.
Starting your day with the right morning routine is completely up to you.
What do you need on a daily basis?
Is it coffee/tea? Journaling? Devotion? Meditation? Exercise? Prayer? Affirmations? Planning your to-do list? Something else?
Whatever it is for you, write it down.
Then, determine how much time you are allotting for each activity.
Once you have determined that, you can figure out how much time you need in the morning prior to getting ready for work.
Lastly, set your alarm and make it happen.
I would suggest you take note of how your days have been without your morning routine and how they are once you start your morning routine.
I am pretty sure they will be better.
Use this observation to motivate you on those days you don’t want to get up earlier because it is so worth it!
Need Better Sleep?
Do you have trouble sleeping at night?
It is possibly because you are not winding down in a way that is conducive to you.
Many times, I find that my clients and others are on their electronics until they fall asleep, events the point of falling asleep with their electronics in their hands.
Many people also go to bed with a lot of things on their mind. This causes stress and anxiety, which does not help with going to sleep.
I would suggest you create a Night Time/Bedtime Routine to assist you with winding down.
A night time routine will should help you calm down, relax, and prepare for a good night’s sleep.
Keep in mind that your night time routine is unique to you.
You can get suggestions from others; however, if that suggestion does not feel right or helpful to you then don’t do it.
You should be able to practice you routine nightly with ease.
Here a some suggestions of what you can include in your night routine but remember to pick and choose what works best for you:
-Turn off electronics 90 minutes to 120 minutes prior to bed time because the blue light emitted from the devices makes your brain think it is daytime.
-Cut out caffeine early in the day.
-Take a relaxing bath or shower prior to bed.
-Brush your teeth and wash your face.
-Drink some chamomile tea.
-Diffuse lavender essential oils.
-Journal your thoughts.
-Write out your to do list for the next day.
-Practice bed time yoga.
-Read a chapter from a book.
This is not an exhaustive list, so if you like a different idea try it out!
Your night routine is not set in stone and can change.
I hope this helps you to get better sleep at night.
Let me know!
National Nutrition Month
I’m a little late but it’s National Nutrition Month (March 1st-31st).
This month, pay special attention to your meals.
Eat foods that fuel your body.
I encourage my clients to include protein, healthy fat, veggies, and a complex carb in their meals.
Key point: Just because a food item is a known “healthy food” doesn’t mean it’s healthy for you.
I know someone near and dear to me who can’t eat vegetables like leafy greens and tomatoes…and that’s okay!
We are ALL DIFFERENT.
It’s important to know what works for your body. Eat well-balanced foods for you!
It’s called bioindividuality. So the most important thing about being healthy is to know your body.
Happy National Nutrition Month!