Where the mind goes, the body follows. Mindset matters when it comes to building healthy habits, like training consistently and eating a supportive, balanced diet. To get started, try these tips to foster a mindset for success.
1. Write it Out
You will be far more likely to stick to healthy habits, like working out or meditating, if you define the days you want to tackle them. Make it a part of your weekly plan and stick to it as best you can. Be realistic and don‘t beat yourself up if you need to readjust sometimes, but make sure that you plan any moved sessions in for another time so they are not forgotten.
2. Head in the game
Mentally prepare for a tough meeting, training session or other upcoming events the night before. Whether it’s laying out your training gear or simply packing a lunch, this is a fairly easy tactic that will save you some time. That way you can focus on getting a good night's rest, sleep longer and recover from the day before.
3. Think of your WHY
If your workout time is NOW, but you’re just not into it, don't roll-up your mat just yet! Building long term habits sometimes require you to push past this mental barrier and think of your long-term goal - your “why”. If you’re stuck in this mental self-battle, try going through a good warmup and re-evaluate how you feel. Sometimes simply moving your body will spark that extra motivation. You could also adapt your workout routine to fit in the workout you need.
4. Be Positive
If you are anxious about something, be kind to yourself and embrace a positive mental attitude. Here are some strategies to cope:
- Break your “problem” down into milestones
- Visualize yourself succeeding at each one
- Talk to yourself positively about it
5. Catch Some Zzz‘s
Prioritize sleep and take it seriously. Sleeping between 7-9 hours a day will help you recover better and faster and deal with tough situations more easily.