Being Healthy Starts with Your Mindset
Becoming a healthier person is no easy task. One of the most difficult, yet important, things to do is to change your mindset. If you only approach your health in negative ways,it is much harder to become a healthier person. Many people see healthy lifestyle choices as a punishment. They have to eat foods they would rather not have, or make themselves workout when they don’t want to. Perhaps they feel they need to be healthier because they don’t like the way they look and want to lose weight. But healthy choices shouldn’t be punishments for less healthy ones. If you want to approach a healthy lifestyle in a more positive way, you need to start by feeling good about yourself.
Give Yourself a New Look
Looks certainly aren’t everything and some people put more stock in them than others. However, some people make the mistake of thinking they don’t deserve to look good. You might be unhappy with your body, and perhaps you’re putting off taking care of your appearance until you reach your “ideal” weight. But whatever your weight is, you should be able to make yourself look and feel great. It doesn’t just have to be about clothes, either. You could cut or dye your hair, if you have brown eyes (like me) try some blue contacts, get some eyelash extensions, or paint your nails. You deserve to think that you look awesome, which will help you care about your body.
Realize That You Deserve It
Some people don’t care much about their health because they don’t care about themselves. If you have low self-esteem, you might feel like it doesn’t matter if you’re healthy or not. Perhaps you tell yourself you have more important things to worry about or you just struggle to give any thought to your health. You might be too busy looking after other responsibilities. Perhaps you put your family’s health over yours. However, everyone deserves to care for their own health. It’s an important thing to work on if you struggle to put your health first.
Find Your Own Way to Be Healthy
When you look at people with super healthy lifestyles, it might seem totally unappealing. You don’t want to drink kale smoothies and go for a run every morning. Don’t make the mistake of assuming that you have to do what others do. Everyone can find their own way of being healthy. You don’t have to fully commit yourself to an extreme lifestyle. For you, being healthy might be getting the minimum recommended amount of exercise, or eating healthy meals six days a week and allowing yourself a treat on the seventh.
Think of Other People
Another way to encourage yourself to change your mindset about your health is to think about other people. If you struggle with being healthy for yourself, consider those who love you. It can help to motivate you to make changes. However, you ultimately have to do it for you, without relying too much on others.
The right mindset can make a huge difference if you want to be healthier. Learning to feel better about yourself can be a good way to start.
Kristin McGee is a celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor in New York City. She is the star of over 100 videos, a contributing editor at Health Magazine and a spokeswoman for many brands and causes she believes in. Kristin also appears frequently on television. A proud mom to three, she sure keeps herself busy!