In life, our experiences and upbringing define how we view ourselves and the world. This definition of things is called our mindset.
Studies have shown that our mindset can impact our progress in life, health outcomes, day-to-day lives, and overall wellbeing. In other words, how we view ourselves and the world determines our relationship with both. When your mindset is has been shaped to have an unfruitful outlook, you can see those unhealthy views play out in your everyday lives. You may begin to find many things to complain about, feel like the world is against you or that you can’t catch a break, and exhibit behaviors that promote illness.
Conversely, when you have a mindset shaped towards a productive outlook, you may see difficulties in life as challenges to overcome, are less likely to be overwhelmed with stress, and exhibit behaviors that promote wellness. It might seem counterintuitive to believe that your internal climate impacts your external environment, especially when you have been “hit hard” with challenging life circumstances and events.
However, your mindset does play a significant role in how you process life both psychologically (mental-emotionally) and physiologically (physically). Your body can even process stressors in a more beneficial way when you view them from a healthy mindset.
So, beyond changing diets, exercising, and taking vitamins & supplements, one of the most essential keys to your progress and health is changing your mindset.