I think anything is possible if you have the mindset and the will and desire to do it and put the time in. ~Roger Clemens
Having a healthy mindset will ultimately help you get the results you desire in life.
Over the years I’ve coached numerous people who had all the “resources” and talent to create pretty much any result they wanted, but because they lacked the mindset to support their goals and dreams, they struggled to achieve anything.
If you’re like most people I know chances are you might be taking great care of your body right now, yet you may not be giving much thought to your mental self. Your psychology is just as important as your physiology.
It’s time to ask yourself,
“What do I do to take care of my mind and keep it in excellent shape?”
In this post I want to share with you a couple of ideas on How to Give Yourself a Mental Makeover.
You can try some of them out and see which work best. If one doesn’t work that well, move on to the other.
1. Know what makes you happy and do it every day.
Take time each day to immerse yourself in something that brings joy to your life.
Watch a movie, take a walk, exercise, do some crafting, build a shelf, or paint a picture.
Make it a point to derive some pleasure from every single day.
It’s absolutely astonishing how many unhappy people that I meet also give very little time to what they love in life.
There’s a reason why we love to do certain things; if you keep yourself from doing them the result can only be unhappiness or a sense of frustration.
2. Laugh a lot.
Read jokes online.
Make up funny stories.
Watch comedy shows on Netflix.
Call a friend that always makes you laugh.
Spend time with children and babies.
Experience humour as often as you can. Laughter has many healing qualities.
3. Cultivate new interests.
To keep your mind working on several different levels, try new things often.
Learn a new language.
Study a topic of interest on the internet.
Make it a personal goal to learn something new each day.
When you expand your reference base, YOU end up expanding which is a good thing.
This will cause you to look differently at things and as we know, the moment we change how we look at the world the world changes.
4. Play some healthy mind games.
We’re talking about the ones that put your brain through some mental calisthenics.
Do word searches.
Work some Sudoku puzzles.
Get into crosswords.
Work a few math problems occasionally.
Play online chess.
Encourage your mind to get exercise by trying out different kinds of interesting, challenging mind games from time to time.
Find some new apps for your smartphone that will challenge you and make you think.
5. Recognise your own stress responses, inside and out.
Knowing yourself will help you identify how you behave when exposed to stressors.
Maybe you get a fever blister on your lip, eat too much, or become grouchy.
Recognise your trigger and prepare yourself with a constructive response plan once stress is triggered.
Preparation in this case is much better than cure.
If you can train yourself to recognise when you’re stressed (early in the process), you can then proactively take steps to abolish the source of the stress, or beef up your coping strategies.
6. Express yourself.
Although it might be difficult for you, do what you have to do to express your feelings to others.
Whether they’re happy and fun feelings, or sad and scary feelings, develop ways to share your emotions.
Holding in how you feel is rarely the path to a calm and secure mental state.
As guys we sometimes have to work hard on this one, but I believe talking about crap in your life with someone you trust is much more a sign of strength than weakness.
Cowboys do cry and need to accept that and get over ourselves.
Seek out a coach or counsellor or better, a friend.
7. Stay on top of your feelings.
In the event you’re in a situation where you can’t express your feelings to someone else for a good reason, employ your writing skills to write down on paper or in your computer how you’re feeling.
Expressing your feelings through the written word can be both freeing and effective. Keep a journal and write regularly in it.
So to summarise …
Take part in activities that bring joy and laugh frequently.
Constantly find new interests and play games that give your mind a work-out.
Know your own reactions to stress and do whatever’s necessary to express yourself.
When you concentrate on following through with these suggestions, you’ll give your mind a fantastic work-out.
And when your mind is in peak condition, so are you!
Like I said earlier, choose one of these tips and apply it for a while.
If it works, awesome, but if not simply move on to another.
I would love to hear from you.
Please leave your comments and questions below and I will personally respond.
Live and love fully!