I’ve noticed lately, that as a whole, us humans have been a bit down.
The election of Donald Trump stunned a lot of us! I know it was a slap in the face for me, and I could definitely see the same affect on many people in the small town that I live in. The continued protests at Standing Rock about the North Dakota Access Pipeline and the escalating violence to protesters is also shocking.
And that is just in North America!!
Closer to home, the beaches where I live had garbage strewn all over them thanks to shipping containers that fell off a ship and because the company went bankrupt, it had to be cleaned up by volunteers! Definitely not the greatest situation.
With so many sad things happening, it can easy to get down and allow doubt, hate, anger and negativing into our minds. It happened to me just a couple of days ago!
I was at work and I just had the most overwhelming sense of sadness and insecurity come over me. I felt trapped! I couldn’t think, I couldn’t breath and I just felt so worthless. It was a terrible feeling.
It was also a lesson and I want to share that insight with you today.
Your Health Begins In The Mind!
I am a HUGE believer of self fulfilling prophecies and that if you think something, it will manifest into something that is physically real. You are what you think essentially!
So if I think that I am worthless, I will eventually believe it.
For a long time, I never thought that I was good enough. There was some imaginary marker that I had put in place to measure my success and no matter how hard I worked towards it, I was never going to reach it because I had made it up and was only pushing it further and further away.
Going back to me being at work and feeling worthless, it had crept up on me and pounced when I least expected it! Except worthlessness didn’t know that I am stronger now. I have really dived into meditation and positive affirmations this year and learnt my worth.
I know that I am more than a body and that I am a kind and caring person. Nothing can take that away from me!
So when worthlessness caught me by surprise, of course I was shocked and sad for a bit but then I sat down and breathed for a little bit. I closed my eyes and breathed in the sorrow and then I breathed it out again and one my next breath, I breathed in love. Love for myself and the strong and confident person that I have become in the past year.
The feelings of sadness and worthlessness left and although I felt a bit bruised for the rest of the day, I constantly checked in with myself to see how I was feeling and reminded myself that I have got this.
I share this story with you because I know that I am not the only one who feels like this.
I have seen my friends over the years struggle with depression and anxiety and I see them act out in unhealthy ways to stop the pain. Drugs, alcohol, unsafe sex, shitty relationships, binge eating, not eating… All destructive behaviours that lessen their worth within themselves.
I want to tell you that you are enough. You are loved and you are more powerful that you could ever imagine. You just need to believe in yourself!
Stop listening to that mean voice that is within you, telling you that you are stupid, fat, unworthy and/or lazy. Tell it to shut up!
So what has this got to do with your health journey and getting fit, losing weight or whatever you want for yourself?
If you think you won’t be happy until you have a six-pack, you will never be happy with how you look because it won’t be enough. If you think that being fat is holding you back, it’s not.
It’s your thoughts that are doing it all for you.
So I am going to leave this post at this point to allow you to process this information. Have you ever truly thought about your mental health and how it affects you every day? Have you thought that your thoughts control you?
I challenge you to take stock of your thoughts today and over the next week and see how many times you beat yourself up for little things.
Next week, I will talk about how to be nicer to yourself and to turn your thought processes into your most powerful asset!
Be Kind, Be Brave and Forever Curious!
All my love,