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Mental Reset: Let Self-Awareness Be Your Unsung Hero

Author: be well™ with Big Y® Registered Dietitian Team

We aren’t talking about resolutions; we’re talking about a mind shift.

A new start, re-start or reset? However, you look at the beginning of a new year, it’s a time to take inventory of where you are. As you make time for self-reflection, remember all that matters is where you are and where you want to go.

Here are two thoughts to consider when hitting the reset button:


#1- Are you focusing on getting healthier or losing weight?

For many, there is a difference. When it comes to losing excess weight, focusing on what your body is meant to do—move, be agile, strong, flexible— will remove stress from the situation. No more stepping on a scale, hoping to see “the” number. Instead, you will feel more energetic, happier and confident— thanks to the endorphins released during exercise.

Additionally, as your commitment to moving more becomes a daily habit, your eating will fall in line too. It’s hard to get moving and stay moving after eating high fat, high sugar meals— your body will show you this lesson quickly. So, what happens? You’ll naturally begin reaching for nourishing foods that help energize your activities versus those that turn you into a sleepy couch potato.

Take home message: Get moving, get stronger and more flexible and weight loss and improved eating will come.


#2- Is it a need or a want?

As anyone who has worked with children knows, there’s a big difference between what we want and what we need. We need shelter, love, nourishment, stability and safety. But we want a bigger house, relationships that don’t take work, daily coffee shop runs and freedom to do whatever we want with our money. Sometimes, our wants run counter to our needs. If this sounds familiar, hit pause for a moment.

Figure out what you’re working toward— whether professionally or personally— and verify it matches up with what you truly value. For example, if you want to retire at 60 years old, does spending $50 each week on lattes help get you there?

Take home message: Sometimes wants and needs get mingled. Sit down and consider what you need in the long run and figure out the steps that will help get you there with your wants in the short term.