This will only take 5 minutes of your time (or less). You might be thinking that you don’t really have five minutes during your very busy day. Everyone is so busy! As days slip by have you found yourself more wrapped up in external activities as opposed to what really makes you feel good or even more productive? Consider taking just a few minutes during your day to focus on how you really want to feel in your life versus a mindset of merely “getting through a crazy, busy day”. The reality is because of all of the technology today; we actually have more free time today than we did decades ago. Researchers call it “contaminated time”. Contaminated time is time spent with the tape that runs in our heads about what needs to get done that day. It makes us feel busier than we really are or in extreme situations we can even feel as if we are overwhelmed. It lets us believe that these things have more importance than they actually do.
The bigger problem is that this state only brings you more of what you’ve already got.
Find quiet place and close your eyes and visualize in your mind exactly what you want to feel and things that you want to do. Focus on your desired feelings. Imagine what happens when you follow your emotions. If you are aiming for something particular, visualize how it feels to have achieved your goal already. Visualize or tell yourself what needs to be done in order to get there. Sit with a sense of what you want until you have emotions to accompany the story or vision. The emotional reaction activates your subconscious and gives you a stronger sense of direction and purpose. That part of you which knows and understands what you are asking for, by feeling it. Emotions burn things into the psyche. When you get to a point where there is an emotion actively involved in the thought or vision that you want to experience, you can stop. You have empowered your best feelings and intentions by repeating this simple and fast exercise.
Most diets seem to succeed in the short-term and fail in the long-term. The solution for long-term healthy weight management is truly about adapting to a more balanced and healthy mindset and lifestyle. Because losing weight is more than a diet. But, where do we start?
Unless we are talking about eating certain foods that you truly prefer to eat you are taking a short-term prescription in order to get over your current situation. We are “on a diet” or we are “off a diet”. The term implies that a “diet” is something outside of ourselves. And, you may feel that what you need is something outside of ourself . You might want a jumpstart to get going with a diet plan but at some point those behaviors will have to become a part of you in order to sustain a long term change. Permanent weight loss is not something that a “quick-fix” diet can achieve. Weight loss happens by changing mindset, eating behaviors and activity to eat less and move more. The change comes from within.
Imagine a successful and healthy weight management plan by seeing what you would be happy to eat to find your happy or healthy weight. To start, imagine a weight you are able to maintain fairly easily. Stay with that thought and allow your mind to automatically kick in and begin to plan how you will get there. See yourself eating with awareness by making a commitment to appreciate, respect and enjoy the food you eat every day. Of course, it’s hard to argue with the health benefits of a diet rich in vegetables and fruits but let’s say you don’t like many fruits and vegetables. You can eat the vegetables you do like. Maybe you’re okay with apples, snap peas or carrots. You can include apples, snap peas or carrots in your diet every day. Or try a new fruit or vegetable you think you might be able to tolerate. You build on this adding habits that make you feel good about the changes that you are creating.
The more you that tell yourself that you can’t do the more you believe that it’s true. That is not going to improve anything. The idea is to take steps now that you can see moving you forward to change and improve.
A few focused minutes in your day can improve the way that you feel. Set an alarm if you have to in order to consciously remind yourself to choose activities that are like likely to improve you energy.
Stretch and take a couple of clearing breaths.
Stand up and stretch your arms, back, legs, and neck. Take a deep breath through your nose, hold it, and let it out slowly and forcefully, through your mouth. Repeat several times.
Breathe and let go.
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