Most people will go to extraordinary lengths to take care of themselves in order to lose weight or look good. They will participate in hardcore exercises such as CrossFit and will try restrictive diets such as cleanses.
While these methods can prove successful for some, it can also leave people feeling miserable and depleted. Conversely, when people take a more holistic approach to their wellness, they can find themselves living long, healthy, and happy lives.
One of the key differences here is that people will have different reasons why for wanting to take care of themselves.
For example, somebody who enjoys rigorous exercise because it makes them feel good vs. somebody who participates in rigorous exercise because they dislike their body are going to have two very different results.
It is more likely that the person who genuinely enjoys such exercise will wake up in the morning feeling excited for the task ahead, they will enjoy watching their progress, and will likely take pride in what they are doing. The other person will likely wake up with dread, begrudgingly participate in the task, and still complain that they aren’t seeing the results that they want. As it can be seen the two people have different whys for what they are doing and so will have two very different experiences.
When people take care of their wellness from a place of joy, it is more likely that they will enjoy the whole process and will coincidentally feel healthier because of it. A great way to change one’s mindset about self-care is with positive affirmations.
Using affirmations to love yourself first
Positive affirmations are positive sentences that are repeated either out aloud or in one’s mind. Some people like to write their affirmations or listen to them in the form of an audio. It can be very powerful for people to say them to themselves in the mirror. A great affirmation to have before beginning any type of self-improvement practice is “I am learning to love myself exactly as I am”. Taking on this affirmation can be extremely powerful and can mean that those using it will be less likely to make decisions out of fear.
They will choose exercise that they enjoy because they love their body, not because they hate it. Changing one’s mindset in this gentle way is often enough on its own to improve someone’s health so they can live a long and happy life.