Understand and take control of your emotions*

Wednesday, 11 November 2015, By Chris M

If you take control of your emotions and your attitude, your mind will be able to take control of your health.

Have you ever sat back and considered the role that your emotions have on your physical actions?  Most of us have an emotional barrier or two which when set off can cause a negative chain of actions to occur and the feeling of being out of control. 

The good news is, you can program your mind to overcome these barriers by adopting strategies to help you remain positive, motivated and self-aware. Here are some ways to help overcome your emotional triggers and stay focused on your health and fitness.

Learn to identify your triggers - both good and bad and be prepared when something sets them off.

As an example, if emotional situations lead you to comfort eat, just before you eat something you really shouldn't, ask yourself three things:

1)    Do I really want this?

2)    How will I feel after I eat this?

3)    What nutritional value does it have for my body?

When you feel like you deserve a treat or a reward and reach for bad food, try changing your self-talk; for example, rather than say I've worked hard I deserve this chocolate, why not try saying - I have worked hard I deserve to be nice to my body by not putting unnecessary sugar and fat in it.

Rewarding yourself by other positive means will help you to form new behaviours such as booking in for a massage, facial or simply by taking a longer hot bath or shower at home when in need of a de-stress.

When you are feeling self-destructive or upset by a situation you should try to take a step back and identify what has happened to make you feel sad or angry and address that issue first. 

Exercise releases endorphins which is a great mood enhancer whenever you are feeling frustrated or upset by a situation. I recommend that you try to get out for a walk or run if you can, as the physical activity will change your focus as well as help to release any adrenalin which in turn should make you feel better.

Remember to always use positive words which make you feel in control, such as "I choose to have this" rather than "I can't" or "I am not allowed". Losing weight to become fitter and healthier shouldn't have to feel like you are depriving yourself, rather it should feel like you are choosing to eat healthy and choosing to be positive about the choices you make.

Choose wisely.

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