A few years ago I was completely consumed by health, nutrition, and fitness.
I would track everything that went into my mouth (even my morning coffee, that’s excessive), and I always would feel horrible about myself if I didn’t go to the gym every day, and work my butt off.
Though my body was healthy (kind of healthy; I personally believe that too much pushing can be rather harmful than helpful), my mind was a toxic place because I put unrealistic expectations on myself, and was making myself feel guilty about not being able to achieve them.
This is most likely the reason why I write and coach about mindset work now (huh, I never really thought about that before); I now know that I am only as healthy as my mind is.
The more I’ve dug and learned about mindset and the work that goes in to having a healthy one, the more I’ve noticed certain patterns that ten to hold us back.
When your thoughts are unhealthy, you will mostly likely be surrounded by insecurity, uncertainty, overwhelm, and worry.
In this post, I’m sharing five key components that you should work on in order to cultivate a healthy mindset.
If you’re an over-thinker, procrastinator, or perfectionist, this post is for you.
What Is A Healthy Mindset?
A healthy mindset involves finding ways to evolve from your thoughts and develop a stonier and healthier mindset through your set backs.
Rather than dwelling on a negative thought until it becomes overwhelming and takes over your mind and attitude (which is what an unhealthy mindset would do), a healthy mindset would:
a) move past that thought
b) accept it and look forward
Instead of obsessing over a positive mindset, we should focus on cultivating a healthy mindset. Yes there is a difference between and health and positive mindset!
I say that because you can have a healthy mindset even if you feel negative sometimes.
So, how do you achieve a healthy mindset?
After compiling as much information as I could from people who have shared their struggles with me (I am a mindset coach as well), I found a few similarities when it comes to general mindset setbacks.
Based on those similarities, I created a list of the top five things we can focus on to cultivate a healthier and more successful mindset.
Do Not Take These As Rules!
I don’t want you to look at this list and think ‘you’re not good enough’ if you struggle with them.
We all struggle with them. Trust me.
However, I encourage you to take a couple items from this list and make a conscious effort to work on them, soon you will begin to see incredible shifts in your mindset.
The 5 Elements Of A Healthy Mindset
The elements of a healthy mindset:
These are the five factors od a healthy and successful mindset we will be discussing in this post!
The ability to calm your mind when you’re under pressure or as we like to say ‘stressed out’ is crucial to a healthy mindset.
When your thoughts are all over the place, it’s difficult to see things as they really are.
Patience comes when you bring awareness to what’s happening and what you’re thinking.
By figuring out go-to strategies and practices that calm your mind, you can center yourself and recognize when you’re overthinking or worrying about insignificant details.
How To Create Patience
Its all well and good when I say you need to calm your mind, but how do you actually do it?
Here are a couple ways you can calm your mind when you feel anxious and overwhelmed.
Breathwork gives you the ability to be in control of your anxiety and overwhelm and lets you take charge!
If you want to learn more about breathwork check out this page, its amazing!
You knew this one was coming!
I know meditation can be hard for some, it definitely was for me when I first started. Now a days I do about 3 mindsets everyday, yes only 3 minutes and it works winders for calming my mind and bring me to place to have a productive and positive day.
However, if meditating is really not your thing check out this post on how to to be mindful, especially if you don’t want to meditate!
I guess I could argue you new this one was coming more than the last, but I am a huge and I mean HUGE, advocate for having a daily journal routine.
Journaling has always been such a huge part of my life, it has helped me through so many trying times, and I would do anything to get you to just try it!
Seriously it makes all the difference in the world!
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Having a specific and certain idea of what’s important to you is key when dealing with indecision.
So much of our brain space gets taken up when we’re unsure of who we are and what we want. When you get clear on your priorities, goals, and values, you can remove the overwhelm that comes from uncertainty.
How To Find Certainty
The World we live in today honestly feels like it is designed to discourage us form having any sort of mental clarity or certainty. There are so many distractions and options, its amazing that we function at all.
So how do we create certainty…lets see!
Eliminate Distractions/Focus On One Thing At A Time
This one seems pretty obvious, but how do you do it?
How to eliminate distractions:
- Put your phone on silent (except phone calls; everything else can be answered later)
- Turn off all notifications (you don’t need to know if someone just uploaded a new story to instagram)
- Keep as few as possible browser tabs open at a time (I know this can be challenging but if it is just sitting there click the little X)
- Minimalism is seriously your best friend (no explanation necessary)
- Brain Dump (if something is on your mind write it down, this is how you get it out of your mind so you aren’t constantly distracted by your thoughts)
These are five of my best tips on how to be less distracted in order to achieve mental clarity!
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One of the biggest contributors to an unhealthy mindset is a lack of empathy towards yourself.
When you’re constantly comparing yourself to others, pressuring yourself to be perfect, and doubting your own abilities, you only sabotage your success.
Empathy allows you to accept yourself, set healthy expectations, and trust yourself and the journey you’re on.
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Concentration is about commitment and dedication to yourself.
We live in the age of distractions, which makes it all too easy to lose track of what’s important to you and even who you are.
When you focus on what other people are doing instead of your own path, you get stuck.
Focusing on what matters and making sacrifices with your time allows you to follow through and actually make progress.
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Determination helps us take action.
When we procrastinate and avoid taking action, we keep ourselves from moving forward, and if you aren’t moving forward you are stuck.
Determination might sound like it’s about taking big, scary leaps into the unknown, but sometimes having courage is as small as tackling a simple task you’ve been putting off, aka making the bed.
Determination allows us to take imperfect action, and that action helps us to build confidence, resiliency, and strength within ourselves.
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Which of the 5 elements do you relate to the most?