Yes, water, exercise, and healthy eating are all going to help every one of us feel better. I say to keep it simple, but this can still be a challenge for some of us.
If you keep stopping, losing motivation, and wondering why… it is time to start working on your mind and soul. Letting go of what isn’t good for the health of our mind, makes it a clearer path for us to take care of our whole selves.
Sometimes, it is hard to just keep pushing through, and doing the things that we think can help us. Usually, we have too many road blocks in the way.
When we are struggling to keep up with exercise, eating better, or even getting enough sleep, we should pause a bit, and think about what could be holding us back. It is possible that it is our own mind, thoughts, energy and atmosphere.
I could write an entire post on each of these. For today, for this year, for the love of all the resolutions that fall to the wayside so quickly, let us pause and take a moment to think about each of these.
10 Habits to Let Go of for a Healthier and Happier Mind
This will take every day courage and practice, but let us work to let go of these 10 habits this year, for the health of our mind and our soul.
1. The Old Self
Any part of you that doesn’t serve your best interest, you have to let it go. This takes time, but it starts with your beliefs. If you are constantly thinking you are no good, always impatient, not enough, lazy, or easily irritated….you will be. You have to let go of past mistakes, negative thoughts of yourself and any part of you that doesn’t make you feel good from the past. Your past should shape who you are, and help you learn and grow, not hold you back. You are who you are today, and who you are becoming.
Along with letting go of expectations, you will get
We all have someone in our life, that always has
4. Your Mean Girl (or boy)
We all have one. Our inner critic. What is she or he telling you each
5. Your Upper Limit
This is a limit we have, that when things are good, or improving, somehow we manage to pick a fight with our husband, get frustrated with our kids, or begin to doubt ourselves. It is possible to get through those same moments without reacting that way, because usually this has become a habit for us. Amazingly, you can move beyond
6. The Heavy
The thoughts that weigh us down, keep us up at night, and add more frowns and wrinkles than we would like. The actual act of worrying less is possible. This is a deliberate choice when we start worrying, to pause and determine where it is coming from. What are we scared of? What fear is taking over? Make the choice to go to a more hopeful thought, prayer, or gratitude practice. Some worries need us to take steps to give us more comfort, like safety talks with our kids, safety plans, or actions that will help ease our mind. Mel Robbins has given helpful tips about this in her Mindset Reset course. When we confront worry and fear, we CAN take action and change our thought pattern.
7. Energy Suckers
You know who I am talking about. Always negative, always complaining, and sucking the life right out of you, and depending on who this is, sometimes you can just stay clear of them. Other times you can give them encouragement, be there for them, and try to help them get to a better place. Many of us need this. I have been the energy sucker, and I am glad there were people there for me, that just stood by, encouraged, and patiently waited. If this person is close to you, and you love them, be honest with them. Many times, they might not realize how negative they have become. Lead by example, and be patient with those you love, give them love, encouragement,
8. Super Girl Syndrome
We know about this. We’ve been told to let go of perfection, and stretching
9. Comparison and FOMO
We all know this, but keep doing it. Your season, your kids, your dreams, your spouse, you…you are different, and that is special. Embrace what is yours, what God gave you, and embrace it so very much, that you don’t have time to see or think about others. When you turn off (this is your choice) thoughts of others (takes practice), your happiness will increase. Stop chasing a different path
10. Snoozing on Life
Wake up and live my friends. This life is a gift. Take it
Just like anything, take one at a time. Begin working on these one at a time. Our health and happiness can begin changing today, with one choice. Small changes everyday will eventually make the biggest difference.
Embrace all that is yours and go truly live your life.
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