Events Don’t Upset You. Beliefs Do.
The Stoics are saying there are no good or bad events, there’s only perception.
You get dumped by someone you’re totally in love with. Feel sad? God, yes. The world is going to end.
Okay, same scenario, but afterwards you find out that person was actually a psychopath who killed their last three partners. Feel sad you got dumped? No, you’re thrilled.
So clearly “getting dumped” isn’t the important factor here. What changed? Nothing but your beliefs.
Source: 6 Stoic Rituals That Will Make You Happy
For most people, the biggest obstacle to getting results from their diet and physical fitness program isn’t the physical part, but the mental part.
If you are riding an emotional rollercoaster of highs and lows and your outlook changes from hour to hour it is extremely difficult to establish a routine and stick to it long enough to experience the benefits (weight loss, increased energy, increased strength, better sleeping patterns).
Do we exercise to relieve stress and help us feel happier, yes? Can feeling happier benefit our exercise and weight loss? Absolutely! Training yourself mentally is every bit as important as training yourself physically.
Remember life is 1% what happens to you and 99% how you react to it.
…. Dr. Charles Hillman from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana states, one of the biggest takeaways from this research is that schools should recognize the mental benefits of exercise for students and reorganize their daily schedules to give students more physical activity breaks.
That’s right folks, not only does exercise develop specific parts of your body, it also develops specific parts of your brain!
Feeling low on energy? Brain function not quite what you want it to be? Get out go for a walk, do some yoga, lift some weights, try some high-intensity interval training. Take your kids with you, it’s good for them too!
Source: Exercise: It’s Medicine For the Mind