Most of the time, it’s not logistics, but thoughts that prevent a person from making behavior change.
Have you ever said any of these things to yourself?
“I don’t want to workout. I’m not feeling that great today.”
“I don’t have the energy to cook dinner. I can just stop for fast food.”
“My friend invited me to game night. I’m not feeling too social.”
You know that following the MIND Diet, getting regular exercise and increasing your social activities can help prevent cognitive decline. And it’s not uncommon to have these kinds of thoughts when you’re trying to make the changes you know you need to.
But, here’s the thing. It is possible to change your thoughts. Thoughts are just thoughts. They aren’t good or bad, but they are either helpful or hurtful. Do you think the statements above or helpful or hurtful? If you’re trying to make some changes, they are hurtful.
Next time you notice yourself having these types of thoughts, see if you can make a small change and reroute them by adding a simple, “Yes, but…” at the end.
The thoughts above will become:
“I don’t want to workout. I’m not feeling that great today. Yes, but I can still go to the gym and see how I feel when I get there.”
“I don’t have the energy to cook dinner. I can just stop for fast food. Yes, but I know fast food isn’t good for me so I will make some simple meals at home.”
“My friend invited me to game night. I’m not feeling too social. Yes, but I know I’ll have a good time once I get there.”
You don’t have to believe it will work when you try it out for the first time. You can be as skeptical as you want. Just try it and see if it changes the way you approach making changes in your life. You might be surprised at the results.