There is so much more to weight loss than diet and exercise. Equally as important, is mindset. This is the driving force behind all of our daily choices and determines whether we achieve our goals or not.
Part of cultivating a weight loss mindset, is making time for self care. We know how important self care is, right? As the saying goes, you can't pour from an empty cup.
But is there a part of self care that we have been neglecting?
I used to think of self care as a trip to the day spa, or a cup of herbal tea, a massage... And while those things are nice, here's the thing.
Self care isn't just about what we do. It's also about what we think.
It's just as much about our attitude as it is about finding time for pampering.
The way we speak to ourselves is critical for happiness and confidence. It is often overlooked, but the relationship we have with ourselves is the most important relationship we will ever have.
Would you walk up to someone and tell them they are fat? No, at least I hope not! So why would you stand in front of the mirror and tell yourself that on a daily basis?
Self care is about being kind to yourself and thinking in a mindful and positive way, which leads to healthier decisions and habits. It is about re-programming your mind with affirming thoughts rather than destructive thoughts, learning not to believe every random thought that pops into your head, and not letting your 'inner critic' run the show.
Self care is about:
- Nurturing your mind and soul as well as your body
- Believing that you are worthy of the effort
- Empowering yourself and having the strength and resilience to take charge of your own life, health and happiness
- Learning to be mindful and live in the moment, instead of dwelling on the past or worrying about the future
- Finding joy in the little things
- Having compassion and empathy for yourself as well as for others
- Being the best version of yourself so that you send positive energy out into the world and inspire others to do the same
- Clearing out old destructive habits such as making excuses, procrastinating, blaming, playing the victim and feeling entitled
- Saying no to extra responsibilities - if it's not a "hell yeah!" then it's a "no".
- Backing yourself one hundred percent
- Feeling the fear and doing it anyway
- Having an outlet for creative expression (yes, EVERY person has a creative side, sometimes it just needs a little coaxing to come out of hiding - and creative expression is extremely important for a positive mindset)
…And most importantly - be real, not perfect.
Speaking to yourself in a loving and kind way and embracing your imperfections will lead you towards a happier and more fulfilling life. As you become more accepting of yourself, your candle will shine much brighter and you will be able to light other people's candles too.
Follow your heart, live your dreams and be true to yourself xx