We have all heard the old adage that a healthy mind is a healthy body so just how do you go about striking the perfect balance? Keeping your mind healthy is a relatively straightforward task that won’t change the way you normally live your life. Stimulating the brain helps to keep the mind healthy and happy.
Crosswords and puzzles area great form of mental exercise. Word games like Scrabble make your mind engage in problem solving and are a great way to keep your thinking sharp. Access all corners of your brain by using day to day gadgets, like calculators, less. Mathematics may not be your thing but most of us can do simple arithmetic and using parts of your brain that are generally underused is a ideal means of utilising all the knowledge stored up there.
Challenge your brain by learning and experiencing new things outside of your usual routine. Ever dreamed of learning how to sail or pondered over the possibility of taking up pottery? Having a hobby is a good way to release your creative capabilities and stretching your brain beyond its usual daily remit is effective at keeping both mind and body happy. A simple thing you can do absolutely anywhere and which really gives your brain a workout is switching hands. Try using your less dominant hand for simple tasks like eating or writing, which can push your brainpower a little bit extra.
Healthy eating is essential for overall wellbeing and doesn’t need to be difficult. Adding fresh fruit and vegetables to your daily diet is a simple way of staying healthy. Some types of fruits and vegetables are especially potent and give you double the dose of goodness; generally speaking the brighter the colour the greater the amount of antioxidant properties so stock up on colourful treats that pack a powerful punch. Aim for five portions of fruit and vegetables every day and your mind and body will thank you for it.
Eating whole grains is another easy way to aid good health. Wholemeal bread and brown pasta help to up your intake of good grains and work wonders for wellbeing. It is often advised that all this healthy eating should be complemented with a spot of exercise to complete the equation.
Improve fitness and overall health immeasurably by embarking on a frequent exercise regime. You need to raise your heart rate to a good working level four times a week for 30 minutes to make changes and it doesn’t matter what time of day you exercise, so long as you do it.
Adopting a healthy lifestyle not only leads to a healthier body and mind, it can also lead to a healthier wallet too., leaving you with even more time to cook a healthy meal or go for a cycle!
Goal setting is the process of deciding on something you want, planning how to get it, and then working towards the objective.
There are different types of Goals:
- Personal Goals (Social , Emotional , Financial, family & friends, Acquisitions)
- Professional Goals
- Spiritual Goals
- Academic / Learning Goal
Let us take some time to understand the characteristics of a goal. Goals should be:
Most of us start with strong motivation, but somewhere along the line, we tend to lose our momentum towards achieving pour set-goals. We face “Goal Paralysis“.
The reason most people don’t reach their goals is that most people never reach their goals is that they don’t define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable.
Faith & Conviction in your Goal is mandatory!
Let us take a lot at the possible road blocks that inhibit us from reaching our goals:
- Setting unrealistic goals
- Underestimating completion time
- Not appreciating failure
- Not reviewing Progress
- Setting Negative Goals
- Setting too many goals
- Setting “Other People’s Goals”
Planning and Execution are important for Goal Setting. However, there something else that is something more important for achieving a goal… Motivation.
Stephen Covey has succinctly put it. “Motivation is fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are that it will burn very briefly.” Thus, Intrinsic Motivation is the best form of Motivation.
Many a times, we become demotivated and stop striving for our Goal. It is always wise to know our foes than our friends. So let us know more about some of the demotivators:
- Unexpected challenges
- Mismatch between concept and reality
- Stress and pressure
- Failure at a point
- Emotional issues
What must one do when they are confronted by such demotivators?
Your goal all over again. It is noted that Visualizing is far more powerful than writing. Human beings are the sum total of what they think about and focus on the most.
- Keep the operational Goals small.
- Prioritize which goals are most important for you to focus on right now. Sometimes we may have too many goals to confuse us.
- Identify the limiting beliefs that are holding you back from moving forward. Replace them with new healthy belief systems
- Use WIFM – what’s in (it) for me : costs and gains
- Don’t set very low goals … Higher Goals lead to a greater effect
- Identify environments and activities that unlock energy and creativity.
- Positive self talk & self affirmations- Change the inner script primed for failure and criticism
- Reassess strengths and weakness
If your Goals seem very big, divide it into Short Term Goals and Long Term Goals.
Remember, your Short Term Goals are the stepping stones to your Long Term Goals.
“The Victory of Success is Half Won When One Gains The Habit Of Setting And Achieving Goals”