Having a healthy mindset is so important. I’m probably the worst person to talk about ‘healthy mindsets’, because I have an intense love for crisps. I have to actively avoid that aisle in the supermarket. It sucks. However, I have been working very hard to have a healthy mindset lately. Physically, mentally and emotionally.
I have a secret that I never told anyone (except my parents).
I used to struggle with disordered eating. It took up a good chunk of my life a few years ago, where all I could think about was how much I had eaten and how fat I was. The funny, or not so funny, thing was:
I’m a skinny, skinny beanstalk.
No seriously, I’ve always struggled to actually put on weight.
This whole eating thing started when I was at high school. Someone decided to start being mean to me, by calling me fat and telling me that he could see the fat growing on me whenever I took a bite to eat. That kind of thing, day in-day out, really stuck with me.
A few years ago it got really, really bad. I pretty much stopped eating lunch (I would survive off an apple and wheat crackers for a whole day). I lost a lot of weight, and it’s only now, looking back at old photos, that I realise how skinny I got and how much further I could have gone.
Since the start of this year, I have really been focussing on making sure I am healthy in all aspects of my life.
How I created my own healthy mindset:
- I got rid of a lot of bad influences in my life. I’ve made sure that I avoid areas that I know will make me crash and burn.
- Turning bad thoughts into positives. If I’m sitting down, eating a small packet of crisps, I think about how happy they are making me, rather than how much fat content is in them.
- Going for a walk, or doing some form of exercise. Sometimes you just need to get outside. Being outdoors cleans those cobwebs out and also makes you think about other things.
- I catch up with friends. Sometimes you just need to be around people that make you laugh, and people who you can have honest conversations with.
- Blog. I started my first blog back in 2014. For a while I couldn’t blog because I got stuck. Then I decided to start a new blog (been in the planning stages for a long time). I created the blog with the intent to start over again, and to also write from the heart.
- Watch a movie that I love. I have a love for movies from the 90s. They really remind me of my childhood and growing up. I miss the 90s. Things seemed simpler back then (or maybe it’s because I’m adulting now).
And the last three steps
- I write to-do lists. I like writing lists because it feels like my life is getting back in order. It’s good to have a list of things to accomplish, be it each month, week, day or year (which reminds me, I should start working on my New Years Resolutions).
- I make plans. I think it is so important to make plans to see people – whether it be for dates, catching up with friends, or even just spending time with yourself. One of my favourite things to do is going to the movies by myself, which is not as lonely and sad as you would expect!
- I make time for me. It is so important to have time to just sit and read, or watch TV, or blog. My life is so busy with work, that I don’t often have time during the day to just sit and relax. So, when I get home it is nice to have some quiet time.
In conclusion, life is too short to be worried about what you eat:
So, there you have it. How I created my own healthy mindset.
I hope you find this helpful.
Do you have anything you do to help keep a healthy mindset?