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How to feel better about yourself emotionally
Although this site primarily focuses on nutrition and fitness, emotional health is all tied together when speaking about overall well-being. I need to advise that I am not a medical doctor or psychologist, so what I am saying is my personal experience and should not be construed as medical advice. With that being said, here are 5 steps to help you feel better about yourself emotionally, and help remove any mental roadblocks along the way.
Step 1 – Have a deep conversation with yourself
Honestly, most people I have encountered in life are in a deep sense of denial. They don’t know what they want, and they don’t know how to get there. Or even worse, they know what they want, but they are so afraid of change that it stops them from ever doing something about it.
Ask yourself seriously... What do I want out of life?
It may seem like a simple question, but it can be highly liberating when you ask. You may find the answer comes immediately or after a few days.
I believe you can accomplish great things if you put your mind to it.
Do you want to get a new career? Start working toward that.
Do you want to make more money? Start an online business, side hustle, or ask for a raise at work.
Do you want better health or an improved body? Start eating right and exercising.
Do you want to find true love? Start putting yourself out there, and don’t settle for anything less than what you want.
Most people will give excuses as to why they can’t accomplish their goals and get what they want out of life. Instead of being like the rest of the pack, be a different person and start talking about what you CAN do.
If you can accomplish this, I know you will feel much better emotionally because you will move toward something you want out of life. Progress is happiness, as they say. Once you figure out what you want to accomplish, proceed to step 2.
Step 2 – Positive Affirmations
Now whenever I mention affirmations, you might start thinking about Stuart Smalley from Saturday Night Live.
All joking aside, positive affirmations can be potent if taken seriously. At first, your mind might fight what you’re saying. But just like anything, the more you do, the better you will get. Here are a few examples of affirmations that I use :
“The world may be hard, but life is good.”
“I can attract more money into my life”
“My body feels great, lean, and strong”
“I am attractive to other people”
“I want to do what I love as a career”
There are many possibilities and needs to be centered around your goals and aspirations. Remember to keep it as positive as possible; the goal is to feel good while saying them and help remove any mental roadblocks.
Step 3 – Meditation
Meditation is another tool I use to feel better emotionally.
Let’s face it. Life can be complicated and full of problems that consume most of your attention. What meditation does is takes your mind off negative thoughts and allow you to focus on more positive things. As little as 15-20 minutes per day will do.
This is how I meditate to clear my mind:
- Sit in a quiet place for 15-20 minutes without being disturbed
- Focus on taking slow deep breaths
- If you have an air conditioner or a fan in the room, focus on the white noise (there are tons of free white noise videos on YouTube)
- Your mind will start wandering but try to focus back on your breathing/or the white noise
It may seem boring to do this, but I promise if you do it consistently, you will begin to feel better
Step 4 – Healthy Nutrition
Of course, healthy nutrition had to be a part of these steps since it is the basis of this website. You may have heard this repeatedly, but you are what you eat.
Eating healthy, nutritious foods like fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats is a great place to start.
And while a greasy cheeseburger or fried chicken sandwich will help you feel good in the moment (which is why it’s okay in moderation), eating healthier foods 75-95% of the time will help you feel better.
Not only is the type of food important, but also the quantity. If you tend to overeat, your body will feel weighed down and sluggish from trying to digest all the food you just ate. Try to eat until right before feeling full for the best results.
By improving your nutrition, your body will feel better, and so will your mind and emotions.
Step 5 – Exercise
Exercising is the next step after you get your diet in check. Whether you decide to weight train, do Yoga, jump rope, or even just walk, some type of exercise is critical.
The body is meant to move and be used, so treat it well with some type of exercise. Not only is exercise healthy, but it will also release endorphins which can help improve your mood.
Speak to a qualified professional
If you have deep emotional issues, you should speak to a qualified professional. We recommend checking out betterhelp.com; hopefully, you can get the help you need.