What we say to ourselves affects our behaviour. This can influence our behaviour for good or bad. Our thoughts can dictate whether we make positive, healthy lifestyle choices, or whether we make an unhealthy choice. When we are at a decision point such as, “Will I stand up and go for a stretch break?”, what we say to ourselves at that point will influence IF we have a stretch break or NOT. It’s that simple.
So, we need to firstly be aware of the thought patterns we have… what are we regularly saying to ourselves? What is our self-talk? How do we talk ourselves into or out of making a healthy lifestyle choice? We need to notice our thoughts. Do you say: “I have too much work to do right now, and this deadline is more important than my body’s need to for some movement, so I will push through for another hour.” Or do you say; “I will take a 2 minute stretch break, then get back into my work feeling looser, lighter and a bit more focused”. What we say internally will have influence over what we do.
Once we are aware, we can then decide to change what we say to ourselves. Swap our internal dialogue. So, when you come to one of the many decision points in each day, press pause, and think…what could I say to myself that would help me make a healthier choice? You could say: “I am worth those extra 2 minutes” or “the quick break will help me work more efficiently”.
Ways to improve your head-space health
- Swap you ANTS for PETS. (ANTS are Automatic Negative Thoughts. PETS are Performance Enhancing Thoughts). Sit down and think of a health enhancing statement (PET) you can start saying to yourself instead of one you are currently saying that is a barrier to you making progress (ANT). Write it down. Pin it up on the wall to remind you. Say it like a mantra when you come to that decision point.
- Write down 3 things you are thankful for on a slip of paper. Pop it in your purse or wallet. Read daily and be thankful.
- Allow yourself to be drawn to people who make you feel good about yourself. Avoid people who criticise you.
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