Thursday, February 07, 2013
I am a voracious reader. Today, I was reading about how Buddhist values would benefit the Western world and it got me thinking about how I can use some of his principles in my own life. I know this quote is kind of out there but it really speaks to me. I find that most of my self-defeating behavior begins with a negative thought that then spirals into a negative action. That is why I put such a great emphasis on mental health- I think it is a direct reflection of physical health. However, there is definitely a LAG! It takes awhile for my body to catch up with my mind.
The best way for me to strengthen my mental health is through taking the time to focus on only me. It requires taking a time out on the daily chores, responsibilities, and commitments and scheduling a time just for yourself. I am not sure if any of you are using Spark Coach... I just purchased it and I am enjoying it so far. One of the lessons was on scheduling fitness activities as you would anything else. I have actually been doing this for awhile! I strongly recommend sitting down for 5 minutes in the morning and making a specific schedule... However, I take it a step forward and also plan deliberate time to focus on myself and something I enjoy. It is not always easy- and sometimes I have to get up a little earlier- but for me it is worth it.
One thing I have found to be really helpful is meditation. I don't necessarily mean you have to pull out a yoga mat and a candle (although, yeah, sometimes I do!) but even just taking five-ten minutes to take a break and notice how you're feeling has left me feeling more calm and capable. If you are an iphone addict like I am there is a great app in the Apple store called Headspace. I definitely recommend the ten day program! It only last ten minutes and it has been one of the most relaxing things I have ever done!Another way I relax is to sit down with a book (bet you didn't see this one coming.) If you are looking for a great weight loss book- I REALLY enjoyed Women Food and God by Geneen Roth. It was written beautifully!
I just completed the Sparkpeople stress buster program and I thought it was great. It really backed up all the research I have read about the correlation between stress and weight loss. Go do it
As far as my own personal journey- I stayed the same this week! I feel good about that because I have been losing really fast the past few weeks and also because I indulged myself a little bit more than usual this week! I am having trouble staying motivated/happy this week as my boyfriend is going through personal struggles right now which have him understandably upset. This blog is a huge reminder that I need to focus on my own well-being and health when it comes to stress relief and positive thinking so that I can be up-lifting rather than compounding the problem!
My run training is also slowing down because I have developed HORRIBLE shin splints! I have gotten new insoles, wrapped my legs, tried shin work outs...and I am still in lots of pain! I am definitely going to take it slower but it is so hard because my next run is in less than a month! AH! Let me know if you have any advice!
I would love to hear what you have to think about the mind/body connection! Also, let me know if you have any tips! I am in desperate need of them this week.