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Become Supernatural: Digging Deeper Into Your Physical And Mental Health.

February 21, 2019 by  
Filed under Health & Wellness, Opinion, Weekly Columns

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(ThySistas.comCan regular people really become supernatural? Feel great the majority of the time, and excel when it comes to overcoming physical and mental obstacles? The short answer: absolutely. However, it’s something that requires determination, work and consistency. It isn’t easy!

Being committed to your physical and mental health means loving yourself enough to do what it takes to improve in numerous aspects of your life. Many of the things we’ll talk about here can have a knock on effect. If you’re out of balance in one area of your life, many other areas of your life will also eventually be out of balance. Plus, both physical and mental health go hand in hand – you can’t affect one without affecting the other, whether that effect is positive or negative.

Let’s take a look at how you can dig deeper into your physical and mental health and potentially become supernatural:

  1. Assess What’s Holding You Back From Living Your Healthiest Life

More often than not, if you’re really honest with yourself, you should be able to figure out what’s holding you back from living your healthiest life. Knowing this is absolutely essential if you truly want to be the best version of yourself and excel in various areas of your life. So, what’s holding you back?

Many people have limiting beliefs that stop them from being who they really want to be. Some people believe, deep down, that they aren’t designed to be fit or healthy because the majority of their family members were not. There are all kinds of beliefs a person can hold that can seriously hold them back from being healthy and happy.

It’s important to remember that these beliefs are not true. They are simply the story you tell yourself. Once you change your story, you can change those long held beliefs and change your life. See if you can make a list of things holding you back. It may be a mixture of your limiting beliefs and things like procrastination, for instance.

  1. Learn How To Set Goals That Will Help You To Be Your Best Self

Being able to set goals can potentially help you to become the best version of yourself. However, you need to set goals that really work. Goals, when not set properly, can actually slow you down and deter you from getting to where you really want to be. So, let’s say you want to get physically and mentally in the best shape of your life. Alone, that is not a goal. Why? Because you have no means of measuring whether you are succeeding, not really.

You need to be more specific. Things like working out, meditating, and spending time caring for yourself can all help you to be the best version of yourself. Setting a goal of doing those things consistently, say three times a week, is much better. This is because those habits will automatically make you healthier and happier, and you know for sure whether you are sticking to them properly. This is why goals like ‘lose 20 pounds’ don’t work. You can’t control the speed at which your body decides to do things, but you can control how often you take part in the activities that will move you closer to your goal.

  1. Take A Balanced Approach To Becoming Healthy In Both Mind And Body

A balanced approach is absolutely key when taking care of your physical and mental health. You need to feel happy and balanced in your routine, or something bad could happen. For instance, you might think you’re being super healthy by heading to work out 7 days a week, but the body needs rest. You might be pushing yourself too hard, and this can lead to physical and emotional burn out. You can’t affect one without affecting the other. Make sure that you come up with a balanced routine to help you with both your physical and mental health and you’ll feel so much better. Your routine will also be far more sustainable, so you’re more likely to achieve what you set out to do.

  1. Consider Alternative Methods Of Learning About Your Health

There are many alternative methods you can use to learn about your health if you really want to dig deep. For example, there are tests that can tell you the foods you may be sensitive to, as well as tests that can reveal the illnesses that you may be prone to. Then there are special tests using methods like DNA extraction. There are a plethora of options out there depending on what you want to know and how much you’re willing to spend.

  1. Journal Regularly

Journaling can help you in a number of ways. It’s great for keeping your mind healthy, and can be quite a cathartic experience. It can also help you to see patterns in your life at the moment, enabling you to identify in which areas you might be holding yourself back, and things that are stopping you from being your best self.

Not only that, studies have shown that looking back and reading a journal can actually make you happier in the long run. This can be a great hobby and techniques for learning more about yourself if you stick to it. Worried you won’t have time, or don’t know what to write? There are journals like The Five Minute Journal that can help.

  1. Visualize Who You Would Like To Be

Visualization isn’t something mystics recommend for fun. Scientific studies have backed up visualization. Athletes use it when they want to excel, and many other people use it when they want to achieve a desired outcome. When you can get a clear picture in your head of who you want to be, where you want to be, and what you want to be doing, and hold that image, you are far more likely to achieve it. Put simply, this happens because the brain cannot differentiate between what has actually happened and what we have imagined, and we automatically begin taking steps to turn ourselves into the person we have envisioned.

This only works when you see yourself as you do now, not watching yourself like a movie. Make sure you include as many of your senses as you can into the visualization. How do you feel? This is an important one – as elevated emotions make it even more real! Then, think about what you can smell, hear, etc.

  1. Get Into The Habit of Meditating

Meditation is a fantastic tool. You really can’t put the benefits of it into one short article. It’s so much more than simply sitting down and trying to quiet the mind. It’s about getting back in touch with your body and inner world, and ensuring you get your brain into a more coherent state so that it can take on the day. Most people have racing thoughts all day long and their brains aren’t firing coherently, and this leads to poor decisions, limited creativity, stress, and other issues. Regular meditation is a must for both long term physical and mental health!

  1. Keep Your Stress Levels At Bay

You can’t see stress, but that doesn’t mean it’s not there. Some people even manage to convince themselves that they’re not stressed, when it’s all they have known for years. Keeping your stress levels at bay can mean different things for different people. You might ask your boss for less work. You might decide to use supplements to help you, and you might even practice taking deeper belly breaths daily.

  1. Take Good Care Of Your Body

Taking good care of your body is obviously one of the most important things you can do to be the healthiest version of yourself. Just don’t forget how important your mindset is in all of this. If you can get that into place first, you’ll have a much easier time performing regular exercise and eating well. You should enjoy both of those things, as that’s the only way you will come up with a sustainable routine. Many people make the mistake of doing things they don’t enjoy to get results, and they simply do not last.

  1. Be Kinder To Yourself

You want to be better. You want to do more and be more. That’s great – it really is! However, you shouldn’t put a time limit on it. You shouldn’t rush or pressure yourself. You definitely shouldn’t beat yourself up if you’re not making progress fast enough! Being kind to yourself is crucial for your mental health. You’re the only person who has to live with you forever, so make sure you pay more attention to the voice inside your head.

  1. Keep Up Regular Health Appointments

Regular health appointments can help you to confirm that you are heading in the right direction with all of this. Don’t skip appointments. Although you may want to do things as holistically as possible without the aid of medical treatment, sometimes it’s necessary. Be smart!

Staff Writer; Shawna James


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