Positive Mindset Tips to Inspire and Support Your Health

April 13th, 2021

To be at your healthiest, taking actionable steps towards living a healthy lifestyle is essential. It is vital that you also prioritize maintaining a positive mindset to remain energized and motivated long-term.

Many of us forget to check in with ourselves and make time to do small things to boost our mood and outlook. Being healthy and happy includes more than simply exercising and eating a healthy diet - your mindset also contributes to your overall wellbeing.

We put together these positive mindset tips to inspire and support you as you pursue your health and lifestyle goals.

Surround yourself with positive people. The relationships around us are very influential on our moods and decisions making. Take time to evaluate your relationships and how they serve you, and your progress towards achieving your future goals. Meaningful connections will allow you the space to express yourself during the high and lows of life. It is essential to surround yourself with people who share a positive outlook on life to feel happier and supported when you need it. Between work, family life, and other obligations, it can be hard to make time to connect with your friends and family. Try simple actions such as making mindful attempts to talk to a loved one once a week or planning one day a month to socialize.

Reflect and show gratitude. Expressing daily gratitude can uplift your mood and help you shape a positive perspective, even in challenging situations. Be intentional with your time and block out a few minutes of your day to reflect on what is important to you and what you can be grateful for. You make progress through small, consistent actions. Reflecting on your daily wins, struggles, and how you feel can help you relieve stress and organize your thoughts to maintain a clear, healthy mindset.

Remember, comparison is the thief of joy. Many of us use social media to keep up with loved ones, professional networking, social support, or staying informed but being tuned in online constantly can take its toll on our mental wellbeing.

Social platforms allow us to see short snippets into others' lives and many users share their most joyous moments. It can be overwhelming as we compare our lives, progress, and successes to those of others. We may have negative thoughts about ourselves and lowered self-esteem if we review our social accounts and believe we are falling behind on our journey. Although it is great to celebrate the accomplishments of others online, no two people are the same. Protect your mental peace by taking the time to unplug daily. Celebrate your achievements, no matter how small or significant, and take comfort in the fact that your journey is personal and unique to you.

Spend time enjoying a hobby. As we move into warmer weather, picking up a new hobby can support your mental wellbeing, the same way exercise supports your physical wellbeing. According to the USDA, there are many mental wellness benefits associated with being outside; some of these benefits include lower risk of depression and faster stress recovery. Studies have shown that being outside can also restore and strengthen our mindset by increasing our ability to focus and attention. Try a springtime hobby like gardening, daily prayer walks, outdoor yoga, biking or golfing.

Give back to your community. As a member of a community-focused healthsharing ministry, you have the opportunity to give and support others in times of need. Giving back is shown to increase our moods and uplift our spirits, and there are so many ways to give back. You can support your healthsharing community by praying for your fellow members through PrayerBox, found in your ShareBox. You can also make efforts to help protect our shared resources by making wise healthcare decisions and using the cost-saving resources provided to you by Liberty HealthShare.

You can also support your local community through small acts of kindness that will help those around you and be powerful for your mindset. Donate to a food pantry, walk dogs at your local dog shelter, volunteer at your church, write letters to seniors in nursing homes, or simply pray and uplift others.  Contributing to something bigger than yourself will help you feel happier and more fulfilled.

With patience and practice, you can shape your daily thoughts to support your health. Be kind to yourself and take daily actions to train your brain to increase your happiness and physical and mental wellbeing.

USDA link: https://www.fs.usda.gov/features/wellness-benefits-great-outdoors