Often times we read about focusing on the whole person in relation to health, but what does this actually mean? Try to think back to a time when you last felt stressed, anxious, or your mental well-being felt out of place. How did your body feel? Did your shoulders become stressed and tense? Did you clench your jaw?
When our minds experience stress and negativity, it often affects our entire body and those around us. This is why it is important to focus on mindfulness and positive thoughts.
The month of January is the perfect time to start a new beginning, a new challenge, and a new YOU. Here are a few resources when it comes to refreshing my mind and trying to retrain my brain into positive thinking.
• Louise Hay, “Heal Your Body- The mental causes for physical illness and the metaphysical way to overcome them”. In this book, Louise Hay discusses the importance of focusing on the “now”. Your old patterns do not define you and therefore you are entitled to start a fresh, new, positive outlook on life. The book also emphasizes the importance of that voice inside your head, so step away from the self-hatred and embrace self-love!
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• Guiding Journals! My husband bought me a journal titled, “Starting Today- a journal of intention and change”. This journal is fantastic and although I don’t use it as often as I should, it has definitely helped with mindfulness and intention. The prompts help the reader focus on positive intentions such as, “Ask questions”, “Do something for others”, “Believe that I am worth it”, “Avoid Self-pity”, and so many more! When used regularly, this can be a very valuable resource for not only seeing where you want to grow, but also where you have been.
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•Empowered Hypnosis! Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to avoid using our phones and other electronic devices, so why not utilize them as a tool? I recently discovered an app called, “Empowered Hypnosis”. It has guided videos for meditation and to train the mind to be confident, positive, more focused, and so much more. This is just one of many mindfulness tools you can find on the internet.
To sum it up, remember that the loudest, most influential voice you have is the one inside your mind—so make sure it is kind and uplifting. Seek out hope and positivity. There will be days when you feel knocked down, but try to focus on the present and the possibility that each moment brings in a more positive light.