Start to think more positively with these three simple ideas to improve your quality of life
It is a fact that how we think about events determines how we feel about them. If we think, for example, that an event will be unpleasant, then we don’t feel excited about attending it. How we think about things also determines our motivation to do things. Here are some simple ways to use this information to your advantage for your health.
Negative thinking drains
Reframe the negative before and after the event. Negative thinking drains, positive thinking energizes. For example, thinking about how tired you are leaves you feeling more tired. Thinking about something that you have to look forward to later re-energizes. So, instead of focusing on how much you don’t want to do something, focus on what you will gain from it. Instead of allowing your negative thinking to determine whether you work out, tell yourself “I am going to workout, so I might as well have a good attitude about it.”
And rather than focusing on what still needs to be achieved, focus on what has already been accomplished. Examples: focus on weight lost rather than weight still to lose, focus on how good you will feel when a workout is over, etc.
When you complete a class or a training session, think of at least one thing that you did well, rather than on what you wish you’d done better or what you couldn’t do. Focus on the fact that you came to class and got through the whole thing rather than on the exercises that you weren’t able to do, or the amount of exercise you did do rather than what you didn’t do. Catch yourself being negative and reframe it.
Focus on the positive during the event
Keep in mind that you cannot simultaneously think about what is going well and what is going poorly. If you are thinking negatively during a workout, that will add to your fatigue rather than give you energy. Nothing good comes from negative thinking. While you are working out, there will be times that you are uncomfortable. Remind yourself that it is usually in those moments (when you are pushed out of your comfort zone) that you gain the most benefits (physically and psychologically). So, rather than focusing on how tired you are, focus on what you are accomplishing, and how much stronger you are becoming.
Remind youself that it is ussualy in those moments (when you are pushed out of your comfort zone) that you gain the most benefits (physically and psychologically)
So, rather than focusing on how tired you are, focus on what you are accomplishing, and how much stronger you are becoming.
Use your workout to reduce your stress, not add to it
We all experience stress in our daily lives. Your workout time should be a break from that. Use your workout to escape from the stress by getting out of your mind and into your body. Rather than making the workout itself stressful by either being negative towards yourself, or dwelling on things that are worrying you, focus on giving 100% to the workout. Focus on letting go of your thoughts and being in your body – feeling better, getting stronger, and working as hard as you can. Think about the muscles you are using. Think about quieting all the stress by letting go of it – no talking, no thinking, just exercising – it will help you get more out of the workout and let go of the tension.