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7 ways to unlock a healthy mindset
I am one of those people who always have to strive for a goal like constantly climbing to the top of a mountain. My soul is nourished when I feel productive and of service to others. The life challenges that the COVID pandemic bestowed on my family was certainly immense. But lockdown taught me how to climb out of the pit with a positive mindset.
A positive mindset is key to improving your well-being, both mentally and physically. When I have a positive mindset, I feel more motivated to exercise and smash out daily tasks & challenges! When I have a positive mindset, I can unplug and connect with other positive people. When I have a positive mindset, I can reduce stress and increase my ability to function confidently in everyday life. When I have a positive mindset, I can create a wellness-focused living environment at home.
7 ways to unlock a healthy mindset
1. Determine priorities: what are your priorities? Well, this firstly depends on which goal you focus on. Some priorities are intrinsic to us or come naturally to us. Like if I’m really fit, then exercise is my natural priority and I don't require much accountability. Some priorities are external, where life lays down a challenge or issue that must be addressed. When we live outside our priorities, this can lead to restlessness and discomfort. When you determine priorities, you can achieve the goals that you set your mind to in no time!
2. Unplug with a creative activity: a creative outlet is necessary for all athletes because competition can be stressful! It can be stressful for the entire family. Most successful athletes have a hobby to help them unplug from the daily grind of competitive sport because it encourages them to live a balanced life and develop other skills. Pro tennis player Serena Williams is an acclaimed painter and fashion designer. Pro NBA player Pao Gasol is a musician and avid reader. Olympian Usain Bolt is a photographer. Pro footballer David Silva enjoys puzzles like solving the Rubik's cube. And NBA legend Kareem Abdul Jabar is an elite chess player. Set time aside to unplug with a creative activity! We are more than just the sports we play or the jobs we have...we are at our best as well-rounded individuals. If you are searching for a creative outlet or looking to reduce stress, then sign up for our Contactless Training Soul Time Unplug and Soul Time Balance.
3. Talk about your feelings: a safe space to talk about your feelings is necessary for all human beings--especially kids. Most of us grapple with fear, anxiety, disappointment, and sadness. Instead of sharing our feelings, we politely keep them to ourselves as we don't want to “bother” others. Connecting with a mentor to talk is a wonderful way to share your feelings and get advice. Another way is to write down your feelings in a journal and give yourself time to reflect.
4. Make healthy food choices: we are what we eat. Make a simple step towards health by making healthy food choices. Good nutrition and a balanced approach to eating can connect everyone in the family. For me, I found that being healthy on the inside translated to looking great on the outside! I recommend prepping your meals because healthy habits start in the kitchen. If you are interested in learning how to prep your meals and enjoy bulk food recipes for the week then sign up for a Soul Time Nourish session.
5. Create a family vision board: My favorite activity is creating a vision board. A vision board is a visual reminder of goals and inspirational content. Your vision board can motivate you every day to overcome challenges and take baby steps towards your goals. Creating a vision board is a really fun activity for athletes of all levels and of course, it’s a fun activity for the entire family.
6. Only strive to be your best self: Don't try to be a version of somebody else. Only strive to be your “best” self. This is sage advice because it helps us focus on what we can control. For kids growing up and finding their identity, this mental shift can reduce stress and boost self-esteem.
7. Connect with like-minded, positive people: Connecting with positive people is wonderful for your wellbeing. Having positive people surrounding you boosts your mood and encourages you to strive towards your goals and be the best version of you possible. Sometimes we are powerless to change our playing environment in sport. We don't mesh well with our teammates or we don't see eye to eye with other parents. This happens! However, it shouldn’t keep you from connecting with other like-minded, positive people. If you’re struggling to find support within your own networks, try connecting with the Better Basketball Support Community. You’ll find like-minded parents and players sharing their struggles and successes in becoming healthier, more confident versions of themselves.