Did you gain the covid-10? Or is it the covid-15 or -20? Who wants to exercise or eat right when we have all this other stress hanging over our heads, right?
Before the pandemic, I bet you working out and your food choices were pretty darn good, if you say so yourself, but in the last few months, all that has changed. Now, either the gym isn’t open or you don’t feel safe going back. And besides… who would fault you for going for that extra scoop of ice cream, anyway?
I get it. There are so many other things to worry about; food choices or whether you’ve skipped your workout, again, shouldn’t be high on the priority list.
Honestly… I almost agree with you but if we don’t have our health, then comes the question of will we be strong enough to fight off any viruses that come along? Even if we don’t get COVID-19, there’s the ‘regular’ flu, and we can still catch a cold, not to mention the added pounds can make us susceptible to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, etc.
Sooo… even with the pandemic, we still need to be mindful of our health and fitness.
Where do you start?
Since the beginning of the shut-down, I have been helping many of my clients and followers. We have been focusing on the things that we can control so the things that we can’t control don’t seem quite so overwhelming.
The things we have control over are our actions and how we choose to view the world around us and that perception will have a huge impact on your outcomes.
In this post, I’m going to share how our mindset plays a role in our success and how we can change our perspective with a specific 5-minute practice you do every day to keep you facing forward and letting the shadows falling behind you.
Why mindset matters
I bet you are wondering why a personal fitness coach would be talking about mindset and perspectives? Well, because a lot of people believe that if they weigh less or look better, they will be happier.
Too often this simply is not the case. Don’t get me wrong! Exercise will certainly help you feel better because of the endorphins that are released but this post about something a little different. It’s about adjusting our perspectives.
We have a tendency to fall into the ‘if only…’ trap and believe the reason we are unhappy is that we aren’t skinny enough, pretty enough, or fit enough.
Take that unhappiness, add in boredom, or the sense that we are no longer in control of our lives, and our autonomy is challenged. Our place in our own little world is turned upside down and it’s easy to turn that attention negatively back onto ourselves.
It shows itself in the form of blame. We begin to blame our unhappiness on the inability to maintain a preconceived notion of what healthy looks like or the fact that we’ve gained a few pounds and now our clothes are fitting a little tighter. With our days getting shorter, the weather getting cooler we can find ourselves cooped up in more ways than one, trying to find happiness where we can.
It’s only natural for us to want to have less lows and more highs but it’s important to know that happiness is not a place, a destination, a belonging… It’s a Feeling. It’s a state of feeling like sadness, frustration, boredom, excitement, contentment, joy, elation.
Happiness is a feeling
It’s important to remember that happiness is a feeling, not a constant state of being. Happiness doesn’t mean you are not sad. You can be happy and still feel sadness because they are not two ends of the same continuum, they are separate constructs – you can be more happy or less happy, more sad or less sad and you can have each of them at the same time.
If you’re curious about those emotions, you might find my post Happiness for Your Health an interesting read and you never know, it could shift your perspective a little bit about how you find happiness.
How to Use Gratitude to Get Fit… Faster!
What does gratitude have to do with happiness, losing weight, or reaching your fitness goals? A lot more than you may realize as our mindset is as important as what you eat and how you exercise.
How we view our world will have a direct impact on our goals as it will decide if we get back up and keep going or if we throw in the towel and give up.
How are you feeling right now?
So let’s check-in for a moment. How are you feeling right now? Angry, sad, tired, content? If you’re not sure then see if this emotions wheel can help you out. Or better yet, check out All the Feelz for their online app that can help you identify those feelings.
Take a moment and check-in with yourself. See if you can name the emotion. I like to call this exercise Notice and Name. You are learning to put names to those things that you probably try to cover up with other things like late-night trips to the kitchen.
Acknowledge those feelings. They’re yours. Don’t try to hide or ignore them.
Need an attitude adjustment?
What did you learn? Do you need an attitude adjustment? If you’re feeling a little down or lacking any real positive motivation and maybe it’s time to commit to taking 5-minute action to turn that around and upgrade your perspective.
Actions you can do right now
Find three things that you’re grateful for. Sit with that feeling of gratitude. That is, honestly, the quickest way you can change your energy is by changing how you focus your attention.
Positive energy makes you open to possibility and it allows you to embrace opportunity.
I know some people really struggle with finding things to be grateful for, so, I came up with 30 prompts to get you started.
Download the graphic and challenge yourself to a 30-day challenge. Find 30 things you’re grateful for and find some way to show your gratitude.
It only takes a couple of minutes at the beginning of the day, after a meal, or right before bed. Write those things down, think about why you are grateful, then sit with that feeling. In time, it will get easier and you will find that your energy and perspective will shift for the better.
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