Mindset And Its Impact On Hormones & Health

How can my emotions affect my health?

Your body responds to the way you think, feel, and act. This is one type of “mind/body connection.” When you are stressed, anxious, or upset, your body reacts in a way that might tell you that something isn’t right. For example, you might develop rashes, acne, eczema, even melasma has been linked to chronic stress since it messes with hormones so much. You’ve probably heard of people getting stomach ulcers after a particularly stressful event, such as the death of a loved one or divorce problems - everything we feel affects our insides.

Path to improved health

There are ways that you can improve your emotional health. First, try to recognize your emotions and understand why you are having them. Sorting out the causes of sadness, stress, and anxiety in your life can help you manage your emotional health.

Express your feelings in appropriate ways

If feelings of stress, sadness, or anxiety are causing physical problems, keeping these feelings inside can make you feel worse. It’s ok to let your loved ones know when something is bothering you. However, keep in mind that your family and friends may not always be able to help you deal with your feelings appropriately. At these times, ask someone outside the situation for help. Try reaching out to a therapist, a naturpathic doctor or somebody who can help you both with your emotional mindset and health at the same time. ‘

Live a balanced life

Focus on the things that you are grateful for in your life. Try not to obsess about the problems at work, school, or home that lead to negative feelings. This doesn’t mean you have to pretend to be happy when you feel stressed, anxious, or upset. It’s important to deal with these negative feelings, but try to focus on the positive things in your life, too. You may want to use a journal to keep track of things that make you feel happy or peaceful. Some research has shown that having a positive outlook can improve your quality of life and give your health a boost. You may also need to find ways to let go of some things in your life that make you feel stressed and overwhelmed. Make time for things you enjoy.

Calm your mind and body

Relaxation methods, such as meditation, listening to music, listening to guided meditations, yoga, and Tai Chi are useful ways to bring your emotions into balance. Free guided imagery videos are also available on YouTube.

Meditation is a form of guided thought. It can take many forms. For example, you may do it by exercising, stretching, or breathing deeply. I recommend the “head space app” for cheap and affordable meditation practise.

There are two types of mindset shifts you should be aware of, I will also list how you can improve each one. As women, we are all guilty of “not feeling good enough” and always putting everyone else before outselves, meaning we forget to take care of our own problems because we are so busy fixing everyone elses.

This can seriously affect your hormones, your gut health, your skin health and your overall health. Studies are been investigated regularly about the affects of stress on chronic and autoimmune disease. Its important we nip it in the bud before it gets out of control.

Mindset Block 1: The “I’m busy” mindset

We all know stress is bad for us, yet we wear it like a badge of honor. We are almost addicted to the feeling stressed. We use “I’m busy” as an excuse for everything. Perhaps it makes us feel valuable, important or useful. But stress has a massive negative impact on your health, energy levels, and productivity.

Have you ever noticed how work seems effortless when you’re feeling good, in control, and enjoying what you’re doing?

But when you’re stressed out, everything seems so hard. Writing a blog post (or even an email) takes hours, you keep rewriting the same sentence over and over without making any progress.

Stress is unavoidable and unpredictable; however, we can choose how we greet it.

Don’t let “I’m busy” become your crutch for not becoming healthier and more successful.

What would change for you if every time you thought, “how is this happening for me,” instead of, “why is this happening to me?”

Could you see stress as an opportunity for growth? A fun test for your stress management skills?

Stop believing that you’re ‘busy’ and watch health and happiness come flooding into your life.

19 tips to overcome the ‘I’m busy’ mindset

Try one of these stress management tips next week and see how you feel:

  1. Ask yourself, “what can I do about this?”

  2. Smile often, even if you feel silly just start smiling. It decreases stress hormones and increases happiness!

  3. Practice gratitude daily. It can transform your health, mood & business.

  4. Create a weekly practice around stress management. Try yoga, walking, meditation, tai chi, prayer, etc.

  5. Stop, drop and belly breathe. Deep belly breaths are your body’s secret ‘off switch’ for your fight-or-flight response. So set a timer to go off throughout the day and when it does, take 4 deep belly breaths and switch your relaxation response back on.

  6. Exercise — it’s a proven stress buster!

  7. Eat real food and avoid foods that actually increase cortisol (your stress hormone) production in your body like sugar.

  8. Schedule, schedule, schedule. Discipline creates freedom and can really help you feel in control of your life and business.

  9. “No” is a full sentence. Try it out.

  10. Make time for things that bring you joy. Make a list of these and schedule at least one per week.

  11. Get some sleep. Being tired is stressful.

  12. Think about the five people you spend the most time with. Do they make you feel motivated and alive, or drained and exhausted?

  13. Laugh more.

  14. Play with animals.

  15. Give generously.

  16. Express yourself creatively. It releases endorphins and other feel-good neurotransmitters

  17. Have sex — hey, it works.

  18. Alleviate loneliness by calling a friend or family member. Or join an online community or mastermind.

  19. Take radical action — ask yourself what does my body need to heal? Listen to what it says. Maybe you need a new career, maybe you need to get that online biz off the ground, or you just need a change of scenery.

Mindset Block 2: The “I’m not good enough” mindset

Have you ever stopped and thought about the stories you might be telling yourself over and over again? Do you ever catch yourself saying, “I’m not good at sales,” or “I’m not good with numbers?”

If you have been working on improving your mindset for your business or career, then you may already be aware of some of these negative beliefs and stories running in the background.

But how about the negative beliefs you have with regards to your health? What sort of things do you say to yourself about your body? Are these stories helping you or holding you back?

The stories we tell ourselves, create our subconscious identity.

Thoughts like, “I am not the kind who can live on green smoothies,” or “I am just not athletic enough to go running,” are only holding you back from becoming healthier.

Although, willpower can help (and is needed) to start new health habits; eventually your actions will reflect the beliefs you have about yourself. Your subconscious works to align your actions with your personal beliefs and identity.

But you can use these stories to your advantage too. If you start believing that exercise makes you happier and more productive, you will make it a point to move more each day; you will make time for exercise.

Healthy actions and habits become easier once they are aligned with the belief that you are someone who makes healthy choices. So get rid of the “I’m not good enough” self-talk.

Swap the negative self-talk with a positive mindset to become healthier

Start becoming more aware. Write down the things that you are telling yourself about your health, including diet, weight, body image, activities, mental health, etc.

Include the positive as well as the negative stuff. For example, gluten does not work for my body; I am a yogi; I am fit; I am a strong athlete; I am overweight, etc.

Then write out a positive affirmation about your health and place it somewhere that you will be able to see every day. When you hear yourself thinking or saying the negative saying negative things, replace it by repeating a positive affirmation such as:

  • I am someone who takes one step every day towards becoming a runner

  • I am someone who is making healthy food choices each day to reach my weight loss goal

Remember, your self-talk creates your reality. Be aware of what you are saying to yourself.

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