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Creating a Healthy Mindset for Health and Wellness for the New Year

In my 52 years of living, 2020 has been the most stressful year for so many people that I could imagine. The deadly effects of the Coronavirus, the massive unemployment, social distancing, and sometimes even self-isolation can drive a person into depressional states of mind.

Even after the holiday season and now going into the New Year of 2021, many of us just might need a healthier attitude toward life? We all would you like to approach things differently? Some feel that a more nutritious lifestyle might not be attainable.

The stress of modern life can sometimes make it difficult to lead a healthy lifestyle. However, you can start living healthy today by adopting a healthy mindset.

Even if you find yourself leaning toward a pessimistic attitude, you can still achieve a healthy mindset. You just need to go about it in the right way.

Many people sit back, look at their lives, and wish they could view things more positively. Then they beat themselves up for being negative or not having the attitude and responses they wish they had. This typical response doesn’t do anybody any good. Instead of feeling angry with yourself for responding to life the way you usually do, think positively about your desire to have a healthier mindset.

One of the most effective paths to a healthier mindset is to find ways to deal with the stress in your life. For some people, this is as simple as writing in a journal or blog every day. Other people find that talking with friends or joining a support group is a rewarding experience. It’s essential to give voice to your thoughts and emotions. How you do this is up to you.

Another way to achieve a healthier mindset is to eat the right foods and get enough rest. When you feed your body healthy, nutritious foods and get the rest you need, you feel better all over. Your attitude, as well as your body, feels refreshed.

Food and rest will not change how you respond to things if you react negatively, but it will be a great start. Being mindful of eating junk food for your late-night snacks with swapping carrot sticks for French fries and a few more hours of sleep instead of binging an entire TV season in one night

Why do some people find it so easy to exercise and eat a healthy diet while so many others struggle? One of the reasons is the difference in mindset.

Consider how each decision impacts your health and fitness. Most people never consider the impact a decision has on their health. They choose food based on what they happen to feel like eating at that moment. They search for a parking spot as close to the store’s door as possible out of convenience.

When faced with options, ask yourself, “Which option best supports my health and fitness?” When you begin asking this question, you’ll start the process of changing your mindset.

According to Health.com, As you age, it’s not only joints that can get stiff—the blood vessels in your body can lose their flexibility. This makes it harder for them to expand and contract as needed to deliver oxygen-rich blood to parts of the body that need it the most (like the brain, heart, and muscles.) And stiffer arteries can raise your blood pressure, meaning your heart has to work harder to pump blood through them.

Exercise can lower blood pressure and improve circulation, and some research suggests that even simple stretching—think yoga, Pilates, or any stretching moves—can help boost flexibility of blood vessels.

Make time for exercise. Avoid the mindset of, “I’ll exercise today if I have time.” Make time in your regular schedule for exercise. Plan out your week and decide when and where you’re going to work out. You can certainly arrange for thirty minutes of exercise a day. Put your mind to it. Start at ten, then fifteen, then thirty, all your way to an hour a day.

You’ll find that you’ll acquire a healthier mindset when you take active steps to deal with your stress and treat your body with the tender loving care it deserves. If you change your perspective, the world becomes a much more positive place when you pair these things with positive thinking.

Positive thinking begins when you affirm the positives in your life. You can use the power of positive affirmations to reprogram your mind so you can think more healthily and positively.

For example, each morning, you could say, “I make positive choices for the best of my body, mind, and soul.” You can use positive affirmations in moments of weakness when you are tempted to fill up on junk food, respond negatively to something, or trade sleep for something less critical.

When you create a healthy mindset by making good choices about food, rest, and positive thinking, you’ll enjoy the new ways you think, feel, and live. You’ll discover that your happier, healthier lifestyle has arrived!

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About Damon K. Jones (214 Articles)
Damon K. Jones is an Activist, Author, and Publisher of Black Westchester Magazine, a Black-owned and operated newspaper based in Westchester County, New York. Mr. Jones is a Holistic Health Practitioner, First Aid in Mental Health Practioner, Diet, and Nutrition Advisor, and Vegan, Vegetarian Nutrition Life Coach. Mr. Jones is a 31 year Law Enforcement Practioner, New York Representative of Blacks in Law Enforcement of America. Mr. Jones has been a guest commentator on New York radio stations WBLS (107.5 FM), WLIB (1190 am), WRKS (98.7 FM), WBAI (99.5 FM), and Westchester's WVOX (1460 am). Mr. Jones has appeared on local television broadcasts, including Westchester News 12 “News Makers” and Public Television “Winbrook Pride. You can now hear Damon every Wednesday at 830 AM on WFAS 1230 AM, Morning with Bob Marone Show.
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