By Carmelia Ray
Put down those dumbbells, dismount from that elliptical, and join me in having a conversation about the big, pink, sweat-banded elephant in the room: your emotional fitness is looking less than perky.
Having a healthy mind and body is so important for women as we deal with the day-to-day responsibilities of carrying the many roles we take on: being a mom, entrepreneur, co-worker, wife, partner, confidante, or BFF. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in how others see you and focus on improving your outward self without paying much attention to what’s happening on the inside — emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Your emotional fitness needs as much — or arguably more — training and development than your physical fitness. Your emotional fitness level affects your choices, overall health, success, and happiness in life and your most important relationships.
If you make it a priority to train your mind, you will be on your way to living a happy, joyous, fulfilling life and be better equipped to manage difficult situations by reacting in a more positive, thoughtful way. Here are some great daily emotional training exercises you can practise and incorporate into your daily lifestyle to help with emotional conditioning
There is something about being grateful that has such a calming effect. The reality is that somewhere out there, someone’s situation is worse. It’s easy to take things for granted when you’re absorbed with all the things going wrong in your life. You can be grateful for the simplest things, such as the ability to see, to hear, walk, talk, and to simply be alive. You can be grateful for having access to clean water, or a roof over your head.
Find Ways To Reduce Stress
Yoga and meditation are great exercises that provide both physical and mental exercise. Any activities that relax the mind and body are great ways to give yourself a break from the usual hustle and bustle of your daily chaos.
Feed Your Mind
Having a balanced, nutritious diet not only does wonders for the body, it also feeds the right nutrients to your brain. Some great brain foods are whole grains, oily fish for your essential fatty acids (EFAs), blueberries, tomatoes, pumpkin seeds, broccoli, and nuts. Having a nourishing, well-rounded diet gives your brain the best chance of avoiding disease. Plus, your number-one sex organ is your brain.
Practising kindness has an instant effect on making you feel good. Giving the gift of self and behaving selflessly does wonders for your spirit and those around you.
Laugh And Have Fun
It’s amazing how laughter can instantly lighten your mood. It breaks tension, inspires people, and somehow makes the problems of the moment disappear. Nothing beats a good laugh; you immediately start to feel good. Laughter has a list of long-term benefits, such as a boosted immune system, improved heart health, muscle relaxation, and lowered stress hormones. Shared laughter binds people together and instantly increases happiness. Laughter is contagious and has a positive, infectious effect, on you and anyone around you.
Creativity brings about positive attributes and allows your mind to really focus on something interesting and productive. When you allow yourself to loosen up, you let go of rigid ways of thinking because you’re seeing things in a new light.
Treat Yourself To A Healthy Pleasure
Get rid of any guilty feelings you might have because you choose to indulge in your favourite things on occasion. Most women put themselves last and are too busy taking care of other people’s needs that they forget their own. It’s important to love yourself first, before you give love to anyone else.
Forgiving someone takes a lot of courage and also allows you to let go of stressful and painful thoughts and emotions. Harbouring negative feelings causes a great deal of stress. In order to resolve conflict, rid yourself of the want to seek revenge or punish the person who upset you. A helpful question that helps put difficult situations in perspective is: “Do you want to win, or be happy?”
Be Conscious Of Your Thoughts
A very simple yet impactful truth is that your feelings are your feelings. You choose to respond emotionally to circumstances that attempt to affect you. When someone says something mean or nasty to you, you have a choice to react positively or negatively. You can whisper to yourself “That’s not true.” Remember, no one can “make” you feel anything. It’s your choice, so choose wisely. As a strong believer in the laws of attraction, your thoughts become reality. This is true of both negative and positive thinking. You can think your way out of many difficult situations when you realize that you fully control your emotions, hence the ability to change the outcome.