Happy thoughts mean a happy body and a happy life
It’s actually been proven that negative thoughts impact your physical health in a bad way… We’re talking increased risk of heart disease, an impaired immune system, heart attacks and strokes. Yikes!
Of course the LeanBox crew is all about physical workouts and eating right, which are two huge factors of health, but your self talk is just as important although it doesn’t get as much airplay and it really should. In the fast-paced, demanding world we are living in, it can be tough to not absorb negative feelings of anxiety about a work deadline or the overwhelming pressure to look like the Kardashians and these crazy self-made workout extraordinaires who are just insanely in shape on Instagram, and the list goes on. You have to chase away these self made feelings of disapproval and remind yourself “Yo, chill out self. You’re pretty zazzy with your work skills and workout stamina!” But, this is way easier said than done.
Think about who (or what pup) you want to be
In the words of the fabulous “Well+Good” you have to “Tame your inner rottweiler”. AKA, don’t let negative thoughts overtake the positive ones. Find that inner adorable, chubby, little teacup frenchie (because you know that’s the dog you want to be if you had to choose) hidden behind that ravenous, teeth-baring rottweiler and focus on it. Yes, we brought puppies into the scenario because everything is better with them. Seriously though, this is a super important part of your well-being!
You’re probably reading this and thinking, “Hmmm, how I do hold on to the stress of my job. I didn’t even realize that,” Or maybe you’re thinking, “Oh my god, I MUST find my inner frenchie!” Either way, we’re here to help.
Ways to stay happy when coping with stress
Here’s some tips from Anna Hanks, a fitness model, who’s got some real life stress management coping skills:
- Turn off notifications: Live judgement-free doing things off the grid whenever you’re able to outside of the scrutinizing world of social media
- Take several minutes a day to meditate or journal: Give yourself some time each day to pull back and just be in the moment allowing yourself to think about anything that makes you happy
- Strike a balance and live there: Don’t freak out about a missed sweat sesh or an over-indulgent but magically delicious, super serious, over-sized piece of chocolate cake (What? Go big or go home, right?).
Here’s the thing, stress happens and it won’t go away but it’s up to you to combat it with positivity to ensure a happy and healthy life. Got it? Good. Go find your inner puppies!