A Healthy Attitude for a Healthy Body

The mind and body share a special connection that allows one to influence the other. Your attitude toward yourself and your body shapes your physical health, and conversely, your physical health can affect your attitude. Countless studies have proven this connection and shown that there are numerous health benefits to positive thinking.

If you’re seeking a remedy to a physical ailment or simply want to find an easy way to improve your health, the answer may lie in your attitude.

Negative beliefs or thoughts lead to negative feelings, which can cause negative actions. Many individuals struggling with weight find that they have limiting beliefs such as “I am not good enough” or “I am unlovable” that cause them to feel bad about themselves. These feelings then manifest into behaviors such as overeating and skipping exercise.

What qualifies as negative? A negative belief, feeling, or action is simply a one that does not support you in getting what you want. Continue reading A Healthy Attitude for a Healthy Body…

3 Keys to Forgiveness

When someone has hurt you, offended you, or disappointed you – whether intentionally or accidentally – the pain may last long after the incident. Often the pain turns into resentment, that acidic indignation that slowly eats away at relationships. Or sometimes the resentment bubbles over into full-fledged revenge, compelling you to “get even”, seek retribution, or inflict harm on your transgressors.

Throughout the journey of life, upsets are likely going to happen along the way. So, how can you accept them without letting resistance, resentment, and revenge taking over your life?

By practicing forgiveness.

It’s easy to resent someone and hold a grudge. Forgiveness, however, may take effort. The more you practice it, the easier it becomes to develop an attitude of forgiveness, and move through the process of forgiving those who have hurt you.

Here are 3 keys to guide you in forgiving:

1. Understand that forgiveness does not excuse or condone your transgressor’s behavior. Many people don’t want to forgive because they feel as though it validates the words or actions of those who have hurt them. On the contrary, forgiveness frees you from the negative feelings associated with those words or actions. Forgiveness does not make the other person right; it simply release’s that person’s hold over you.

2. Consider the prices you’ve paid by not forgiving. What has it cost your relationships? Your health? Your finances? your time? When you look at the price you pay for holding onto resentment, you realize that resentment isn’t poisoning your transgressors, it’s poisoning you. This can make it easier to release the power those who have hurt you have on your life.

3. Forgiveness is for you. Different people have different ways of forgiving. Some people want to express it to those they are forgiving, either by writing it or speaking it. Some people do not wish to verbalize it in any way. They may choose to consciously, actively forgive, yet not express it. Some find solace in writing it in a diary, singing it in a song, or by any other means of artistic expression. The point is that you get to decide what it looks like based on what feels right for you.

Forgiveness is not always easy. The benefits of forgiveness, greater peace of mind, improved health, and happier relationships, however, do make it worth the effort.

Believing in Your Body

Have you ever noticed that the way others describe you is different than how you describe yourself? You just may be your own worst critic, finding fault where others see perfection. What you consider flaws may be the very features that other people find endearing.

When you pay attention to your thoughts, you start to hear what you say to yourself. Are you complimenting or criticizing? Do you acknowledge yourself for a job well-done or only berate yourself when you don’t consider your results satisfactory. Becoming aware of your thoughts about your body image is the first step in transforming your beliefs about your physical self.

This concept is at work not only in relation to appearances, yet to health too. What follows the words “I am” can have a tremendous impact on your health and well-being – either positively or negatively.

Everyone knows someone who seems to be chronically ill with colds, headaches, backaches, and other minor setbacks. What are their “I am” statements? They’re usually things like “I am sick”, “I am not feeling well”, or the ever-persistent “I am tired”.

Those committed to a life of wellness, on the other hand, will say things like “I am feeling great”, “I am excited”, and “I am so grateful for my health”.

This week, listen to your “I am” statements about your physical self. Note where you can make improvements. List 5 “I am” statements that support a healthy body and body image and say them to yourself every morning when you wake up and every night before you go to sleep.

What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve – a healthy and beautiful body is yours if only you believe it so!

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