Positive self-talk is one of the first things I recommend clients change when they come to me for help living a healthier lifestyle. The words you use in your own mind are where positive changes begin, and learning to control those words gives you the power to make the vision you have for your life possible. Positive self-talk can be used to help motivate, strengthen willpower, and relieve everyday stress. Here’s how.
Research shows that when you devote your energy into developing one healthy habit, you spend less time on other healthy habits. So if you have to choose, which is more important: Diet or exercise?
If I told you that doing one thing, once a week, would boost your immune system, decrease your blood pressure, and add two to three years to your life, would you do it? The good news is that if you’re reading this blog, you probably already are! That one thing is: Going to church.
“You shall eat the fruit of your lips,” – Proverbs 13:2
I’ve written about the importance of positive self-talk before, because I believe it’s one of the most important (and often overlooked) steps to making life changes. In my own practice, I’ve seen 9/10 patients transform their lives by using positive self-talk as part of their healing process. While you may think your tendency towards positivity or negativity is dictated by genetics or circumstances, I’m here to tell you that positive thinking skills can be learned and used under any conditions.
If you’ve seen the price on a bag of Goji berries lately, you might have come to the conclusion that superfoods are just not in your budget. Unfortunately, the sheer hype around superfoods makes these nutrition-packed fruits and vegetables seem as rarified as Beluga caviar – and just as pricey. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. In fact, many superfoods are the humble staples that have always graced your table. And others are easy, and inexpensive, to add in to your diet.
“Move more, eat less” is a tried and true weight-loss plan, but within those words of wisdom are many variations, with varying degrees of efficacy. While any form of movement is good, from gardening to taking long walks around the neighborhood, I’ve recently become interested in Burst Training.
Your grandmother would have called it “a sweet tooth,” but that was back when people understood moderation. Now, it’s a full-blown sugar addiction – and many of us have it without even realizing it.
We all know that making significant positive changes in our lives isn’t easy – change never is. And yet, most of us are trying to change something about ourselves. How brave is that? To me, that shows that we, as human beings, have a tremendous amount of faith in ourselves because we sign up every day to do what is hard. That requires courage. Be sure to celebrate your courage whenever you feel the strain of change, because too often we beat ourselves up over minor failures, and forget to appreciate our triumphs.
“Lose weight” seems to top the most common New Year’s Resolution list, which isn’t a bad thing. In fact, numerous studies have shown that making a New Year’s Resolution really does increase your odds of reaching your goal. So go for it. But your life isn’t just about your weight, and your goals for the year should reflect the whole you – not just the part you’d like to get rid of.
Half of all Americans make resolutions each year – and, amazingly, a large percentage actually keeps them! So what’s the difference between the ones who succeed and those who don’t? It turns out that keeping a New Year’s resolution is a lot like making any other commitment for positive change: You have to be specific, the goals have to be realistic, and you can’t do it alone. One other finding in a recent study of resolutions is that people who commit to making positive change in January actually have better odds of keeping to it than those who start at any other time of year. So go ahead and make those New Year’s resolutions. Here are 10 tips to help them stick.