Welcome to 2019. The year it will all happen for you. Everything you’ve ever wanted but haven’t had the courage (motivation, time, money, influence…) to do.
We hope you enjoyed your holidays and are excited to get this year off to a great start.
Now, if you’re like so many of us, you spent at least some of December 2018 reflecting on who you are and who you want to be. What did you like best about 2018? What made you cringe? Most importantly, what do you want to change? How do you want to feel, in life and in your body?
At our clinic, we help people, like you, optimize their health.
By asking the right questions that lead us to performing the best tests, we can get to the root cause of your ailments. That’s what functional medicine is, treating the root cause of disease AND preventing it in the first place. We take a more natural and integrative approach to healing by looking at the mind and body as a whole. By doing so, we avoid unnecessary medication, reduce pain and inflammation significantly, and ultimately take the stress out of your healthcare.
But without healthy and consistent lifestyle habits, anything an intuitive and experienced healthcare provider tells you will be moot. Your mindset and the emotions that are connected to your mindset are everything in terms of how you feel and heal your body.
So, Let’s Ask You Again, How Do You Want to Feel in 2019?
Assuming your answer, like most, is ‘better’ if not incredibly awesome and amazing and fantastic, how do you think you’ll achieve that feeling and how can we help you? This article is meant to give you pause and lead you towards creating the space in your mind to set the intentions that will lead to the actions that will alter your habits that will ultimately lead to you optimizing your health and vitality. Phew, hat was a mouthful. Are you ready to tackle some quick mindset revamps? Here we go…
Step One: 5 Minutes of Breath Work
Getting into the habit of deep breathing on a regular basis can do wonders for changing your mindset, especially when you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed. It helps you refocus, relax, and reset, letting the past go and embracing what is right here and now. It doesn’t matter what happened last year. What matters is your willingness to keep chasing the things you want, like a healthier mind and body. So, forget about last year and stop worrying about the future, because when you start taking baby steps every single day, and have mastered healthier lifestyle habits, you’ll achieve the things you want. One day you’ll look back and surprise yourself at how easy it was once you started taking life one day, one moment, one breath at a time.
Step Two: Power to Change
You are aware that you have the power to change, right? The only person, or thing, keeping you stuck, keeping you unhealthy and unwell, is you. This is probably the most important part of changing your mindset and forever altering your life. You need to believe that you can. That you are not a victim of circumstance or genetics. Just because your mom or dad and their parents suffered from ‘some kind of disease’ or disorder, doesn’t mean you have to be imprisoned by that same pain and by the mindset you grew up with. Did you know you have the power to change our gene expressions and to be free from a life once ‘doomed’ by genetics. Your lifestyle habits play a big role in helping you overcome the improbable. Believing in yourself and knowing that you can will set the stage for your success, health, and vitality.
Step Three: What’s Your Intention
This is unique and personal to you. When you were reflecting on 2018, and maybe the years prior, what did you notice about yourself? What did you decide on as your resolution(s) or intention(s)? Take a few moments every day to think about your intentions. Visualize them as if they were happening right now. If you had what you wanted, what would it look like, what would it feel like, who is there with you, how would it change your life? It’s also helpful to create an affirmation and repeat it daily, sometimes a few times daily, to embed your intentions deep into your subconscious mind. What is an affirmation? An affirmation is a clear, simple, statement filled with emotion and belief that what you want is in your life. It can be as simple as ‘I AM HEALTHY, WEALTHY, AND WISE’. Use the same statement over and over and over again to empower the words, empower your intent, and empower your action.
Step Four: Make a Plan
You know what you want. You know that optimizing your health is important and something you can take control of because you have the power and desire to. Now, make a plan and be decisive. Who can help you? What do you need to do to feel amazing? Do you need to talk to a healthcare provider to help you get to where you want to be in your mind and body? In a day planner, write down your daily, weekly, and monthly plans so they are easily accessible and where you’ll see them every single day. Include your goals, action steps, and reminders, then check them off once they’re complete. Remember, the plan can always be revised. Be flexible. Go with the flow.
Step Five: Follow Through
Ah, follow through. The hardest step sometimes. But without it, you’ll never feel free from pain and stress, and you’ll continue this cycle of misery until something changes. Nothing changes if nothing changes. What steps are you going to take to change your life, mind, and body today?