When people sign up to receive my weekly email, I ask them to answer a couple of questions for me.*
I ask three things:
1. What is the one thing you really want to make happen for yourself this year?
2. What’s stopping you from achieving it?
3. How can I help you get there?
*This is a fairly new thing. So, if you’ve been part of the gang for a while and you want to answer these q’s too, you can do so here.
The answers to Question Two are the ones that really interest me, because the same ones pop up time and time again: Fear, anxiety, stress, self-sabotage, worry, lack of motivation, confidence….
It seems that our emotions are majorly at play when it comes to how we view ourselves and our success.
If my experiences over the past 6 years have taught me anything – it’s that our emotional health is just as important as our physical health. The way we talk to and think about ourselves, our fears, worries, anxieties and stress – it’s the most crucial barrier to success.
And it’s not just me saying this. The Former US Surgeon General (yep, the big dog himself), told National Geographic last month that emotional pain and stress are two of the biggest health issues we face.
That’s why I’m in your inbox every week, rabbiting on about this kind of stuff and giving you tips to help shift the way you see yourself and the world.
So, I know your To Do list is full, but let’s put your emotional wellbeing back on the top of the priority list, yeah?
Below are four simple tips for building emotional health – I like to think of them as a booster shot for a positive mindset (and yes, Michael rolls his eyes at me when I say stuff like this! Haha).
Pick one of them and just try to incorporate it into your life every day this week. See if it makes a difference.
I bet it will.
Yep, the full 8 hour shindig. I am BIG on sleep. Set a bedtime and stick to it.
Also, try to power off all your devices and dim the lights in your house 60 minutes before you toddle off: light destroys melatonin, the hormone that helps you fall, and stay, asleep.
2. Move your body.
Doesn’t matter if it’s a bushwalk, roller skating, rock climbing or yoga – find a way to move your body that you enjoy and do it daily.
3. Practice gratitude.
This one’s a BIGGIE. Gratitude has changed my life in so many ways. Start with a simple practice: when you wake up in the morning, think of three things you’re grateful for. It will shift your perspective and give you a real boost for the day.
4. Spend time with people who lift you up.
I’m talking about people who inspire you, make you laugh and encourage you to grow. Stay connected to these people.
Also, if your stress or anxiety feels like it may be getting the best of you – reach out to a professional. Talking to someone can really help. Here’s a list of resources I put together for you.
In the meantime, I’d love to know: what makes you feel strong and healthy emotionally?
Let me know in the comments below.
PS – Know someone who could use some tips like these? Share this blog with them.
PPS – I share stacks of self-talk and gratitude activities inside my eBooks Mindset Magic and Good Selfie. Check them out!