I bet when you think of areas that most affect your health, these are 4 areas you’ve been told to focus on:
We’ve all heard that these are pillars of overall health, but they actually aren’t what have the MOST impact on health.
The most important way to improve health is to minimize negative messages and maximize positive messages to your brain. Positive self-talk has the most impact on your health.
But the reality is that it is incredibly hard to control our thoughts since so many of them are unconscious and automatic. Most of the time we aren’t even aware of the messages we are sending to our brain. For example, you can really do a lot of harm with messages like ”I’m such a loser” “I stink at this” “I’m a fraud”.
A really common theme is using movement as a form of punishment for eating too much. In actual fact movement is a celebration of what your body can do.
There are many similar examples. Maybe you were the last one to be picked for sport teams and now you avoid physical activity because you learned to associate it with isolation or humiliation (did that bring you back to high school gym class?). It’s not easy, but start to pay attention to your internal language. Once you take the time to understand the messages you send yourself around food and exercise, you will then be able to develop harmony and balance between body and mind.
a celebration of what your body can do. Not a punishment for what you ate.
I was younger I really focused on exercise and nutrition. Then, when I was introduced to doTERRA, I realized the importance of eliminating environmental toxins from my life.
I continue to focus on these foundational pillars of health, but with age comes wisdom and I now realize that what most influences our health are the messages we tell ourselves.
This is how science says it works:
- Based on how we interpret what’s happening around us, the brain and central nervous system respond by sending our cells a constant stream of messages that directly impact our physical state.
- Positive messages draw healthy responses from our bodies.
- This results in the form of stronger immune systems and healthier sleep patterns, among many other benefits that can last a lifetime.
How we speak to our bodies plays a vital role in our health and well-being.
I was brought up to really focus on productivity. This was so ingrained that over the years it felt natural for me to sacrifice my health in the name of productivity. Sound familiar?
What messages did you hear growing up? Were meal times happy? Did your family participate in sports together? Was your Mom always stepping on the bathroom scale? Most of these messages are subconscious and we don’t even realize how much they control our mindset and life.
Bodies naturally tend to attain equilibrium, and we can enhance our physical state simply by listening to the clues our bodies give us. Incorporate exercise and foods that bring you long term joy and energy.
We become what we believe, and remaining positive sends our bodies loving messages that are crucial to maintaining good health.
My challenge to you for the next few days is to really focus on your internal dialogue. What messages do you hear? Are they supporting your well – being? Would you share these messages with someone you love? If not, it’s time to start re-programming them with kinder, more nurturing language.
I would love to know what you learned from the challenge. Be sure to share your feedback in the comments below.