The reason for me telling you this story is we all experience a positive and negative state of mind. It’s part of this beautiful thing we call LIFE. It’s our ability to turn those negative thoughts into positive ones which can make a difference to our overall health, happiness and productivity.
Yesterday I had a tough mental challenge which tested my state of mind. Spending 4 hours at the Royal Children’s Hospital with Rhys is no easy feat. From having to constantly cajole him to first even sit in the chair to opening his mouth at the dentist, deal with his refusal to have an x-ray and then try and listen to the specialist while Rhys is yelling in the background absolutely drained me. (I know Rhys’ experience yesterday was not a pleasant one for him and I’m totalling understanding of that but I’m just writing this from my perspective). By 8.30pm I was sitting on the couch like a rag doll, my body numb with exhaustion.
I was dreading the next morning, having to be up at 5am for a 5.30am client. I took myself off to bed at 9.30pm and had a restful night’s sleep. (First good strategy – REST)
When the alarm went off I jumped out of bed feeling good and in a better state of mind. Just thinking about my client being dedicated to train at that time motivated me. She’s also lots of fun to train and we had a few laughs. It was a great way to start my Friday.
So my negative state of mind from yesterday afternoon has been left behind. I’m feeling positive, happy and thankful for this great life I have.
Some simple strategies to incorporate into life to help improve your state of mind include:
1. Exercise – moving that body releases those feel good endorphins
2. Gratitude – be grateful for the positive things in your life, record these daily in a diary
3. Support – surround yourself with supportive positive people (our fitness community does this)
4. Time Out/Rest – take some time for yourself, whether it’s just a simple coffee in a quiet place to having a massage or a nap