We often take for granted the influence our mind has on factors which affect the functioning of our body.
The truth is, research is continuously confirming that a mind-body connection for health and well-being not only exists, but it is also one of the most significant determinants of long term success!
It can be life changing in areas such as weight management, diabetes management, blood pressure reduction, and other lifestyle conditions.
The way this works is by first recognising that your ability to modify a particular lifestyle or dietary behaviour or habit is strongly influenced by your mental willingness to try, or your belief that you can achieve a specific goal, if you put in the effort.
Next, you will actually need to take the steps towards the desired change, this requires a strong and determined mindset.
Once a mindset of determination is established, behavioural change becomes easier and more rewarding mentally and physically.
The sense of pride and accomplishment feeds your brain and body lots of happy hormones which boosts energy and positive emotions! In turn these encourage you to maintain the positive behaviour change.
When does behaviour change fail?
Behaviour change can often be doomed from the start, this is because our mind has not yet reached a level of acceptance, and we have not taken ownership of the problem and identified our intrinsic ability to do what we put our mind to. It is also normal to fluctuate during times of strong self-belief or self-doubt.
Continuing to remind yourself of the positive outcomes that specific lifestyle or dietary modifications can achieve will help through lows and periods of doubt.
Some examples of lifestyle changes with desirable outcomes may include:
Eating more vegetables:
- Lower calorie intake (is great for weight management);
- Nutritious source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants; and
- Great source of fibre which is filling and also helps regulate cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
Increasing water intake:
- Helps keep bowel movements regular;
- Rehydrates skin, slowing down the effects of ageing;
- Flushes out toxins from the body, cleaning out the kidneys; and
- Improves circulation.
- Improve mental health;
- Improve circulation;
- Burn excess weight; and
- Reduce blood sugars levels.
Lifestyle change is very personal, what we modify in our lives, how and why we do it can be complex. The main thing is to keep an open mind and approach change in a willing and positive manner. By identifying that a problem exists , you are one step closer to achieving a positive outcome.
First step is to get your pen and paper and begin by:
- Writing down your goals (the outcomes you would like to achieve).
- Write down the steps or changes you plan to take to reach those your goals/ outcomes.
- Get help! If you’re unsure of what to do and where to start then don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help! Speak to your doctor or GP they will be able to refer you to the right health professional to suit your needs.