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In building healthy habits, it’s natural to focus on physical aspects, like what you eat and how much you exercise.


But don’t forget about how important your thoughts are. What you think really does have a big impact on what your body can do and create. The mind-body connection is real and it’s awesome!


People have studied the mind-body connection for centuries. Modern science is always coming up with further proof – like how stress and anxiety lead to blood pressure and digestive problems. And we know that being grateful and optimistic promote better health and overall wellbeing.


Consider this:


  1. Mind Games: Champion athletes often visualize winning long before they take the field. Try it next time you’re doing something important to you – like a new workout or delivering a presentation at work.
  2. Zen Eating. Mindfulness is like a Jedi mind trick around meals. It’s all about tuning into cues your body gives about hunger and fullness, while savoring every bite and acknowledging the gift.
  3. Chill, Dude. Bad vibes, like stress, kill more than a mood. Too much anxiety or fear is bad for your body. Fight it with meditation, deep breathing, yoga, working out, and journaling.
  4. Body Talk: Your inner dialogue can either be your BFF or your arch-nemesis when it comes to body image. Instead of beating yourself up over perceived imperfections, try showering yourself with compliments about how awesome you are.


Your mind is a muscle. You can train it to support you rather than undermine you. Here’s how.


  • Practice Gratitude: Appreciate how amazing your body is and think of diet and exercise as an expression of that gratitude.
  • Dream Big: Give yourself permission to think about what you want and how you’re going to get it.
  • Pep Talks: Pay attention to how you talk to yourself about your body. Would you say those things to your bestie? If not, don’t say them to yourself.
  • Stay in the Moment: When we’re stressed, it’s often because we’re regretting the past or fearing the future. Instead, practice mindfulness to stay right here in the moment and see how much calmer you feel.


At the end of the day, your mind isn’t just along for the ride — it’s driving the bus! So, harness that power, cultivate a positive mindset, and watch as your body follows.