Your mind is your most powerful tool. I spend a lot of time digging into how our bodies and minds work. It’s not only important because of what I do, but because it shapes our entire lives.
Our thoughts are shaped by behaviors and patterns developed over time. These date back to when we were young. We learn routines, habits and behaviors from those around us and choose whether to adopt them or not.
As children, a lot of these patterns are shaped for us. This can be good or bad depending on your point of view and what your goals in life are.
My personal experience
I’ve had to undo traditional thoughts and patterns to change my life. I knew from a young age I didn’t want a traditional job. I wanted to express my creative side and help people become who they were made to be.
I always had the answers within me, but thoughts were subliminally pushing them away.
I had a traditional upbringing that led me to securing a traditional job.
I lived that life for the first 10 of my adult years. I worked in jobs I didn’t love to make money I thought would better my family’s lives.
I was so confused why I was unhappy and unfulfilled all the time.
Through coaching, self reflection and adopting new habits (see below), I discovered I was living someone else’s life. All the way down to my thoughts.
I had a breakthrough that enabled me to realize I had to change my thought patterns to change my life. I had to remove barriers in my mind that were telling me I couldn’t do anything else. Or that I wasn’t made to do anything else.
This was no overnight change. Slowly, I identified things in my life that contributed to living someone else’s dream and not my own.
I started to make changes in my habits and routines to allow change in my life. This also required me to deprogram my brain of 33 years of beliefs that were society’s and not my own.
If you’re feeling stuck, I’m by your side. You won’t feel it forever and change is possible. You don’t have to do it alone. Drop me a line here if you need someone to talk to.
I know I felt so alone while experiencing this and I don’t want you to feel the same way. I’m here for you!
Your mind is a powerful tool for your health
Mental health is just as important as physical health. Research shows the correlation between the two is much stronger than historically realized.
Poor mental health can cause chronic physical health conditions and vice versa.
When I went through a traumatic experience it took a major toll on my health. It started with stomach issues.
I was diagnosed with IBS at 18. It’s something I’ve lived with mildly until three years ago. When my stress levels were through the roof my IBS and other health conditions came out to play.
I had crazy stomach pain, was super anxious and felt sick all day every day. I had no idea what was going on. It felt like a permanent stomach bug.
It started with the discovery of a gluten and dairy intolerance. Then led to a diagnoses of Microscopic Colitis and SIBO. Fast forward a few years (yes, years) and they’re still trying to figure out what’s wrong with my stomach.
My mind absolutely affects my health. Every doctor I see tells me this was triggered because of stress. It wakes the monster up and can wreak havoc on your body.
Health, your mind as a powerful tool and response to treatment
Studies show those with chronic stress have lower response rates to medical treatments. They are more likely to develop sickness and less likely to respond to treatment.
This is true because they’ve convinced themselves of a narrative that isn’t true. When you believe you can’t do something, or that it’s too hard, you’ll most likely not achieve it.
Cultivating a positive mind will play out positively in every area of your life.
Taking control of your thoughts is important for your mental and physical health.
Tools for nourishing a healthy mind
Changing your thought pattern is not an overnight process. It requires work, patience and consistency.
Here are some tools for you to nourish a healthy mind:
Perhaps my favorite of all. I love the benefits of meditation. It relieves pain, reduces stress, increases productivity and improves sleep. Just to name a few!
I began journaling just to get my thoughts out on paper. I always have a million thoughts per hour. I needed an escape to clear my mind. If I’m struggling, I write it down. If I’m happy, I write it down. Journaling allows me to clear my mind and set intentions for the day.
After I write my thoughts, I write 3 – 5 things I am grateful for, my goals as if I’ve already achieved them and words to live by.
Walking is a great way to release endorphins and clear your mind at the same time. I aim for 30 minutes a day. I often listen to a good audio book, podcast or music if I’m feeling it.
Therapy is a great way to connect with someone outside of your world. They’re able to see things you can’t. Talk therapy helps work issues out and empowers you to make change.
It’s also a great stress reducer because it equips you with tools to overcome challenges.
If you’re stuck, starting or in transition coaching is a great way to have a break through. Often times we get so caught up in the whispers in our minds we can’t see the end goal.
Coaching provides tools to empower, break free and achieve your goals.
Summary – Your mind is your most powerful tool
There is no denying your mind is linked to everything else in your life. How do you nourish your mind? Do you practice any of the above tools mentioned?
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