Lifestyle and wellbeing advice from personal trainer and fitness expert Paul David

Improving your way of thinking

Improving your way of thinking

20th August 2015

The way you feel each day has a huge impact on what you achieve. A few simple steps is all it takes to keep your mood and thinking buoyant.

Remember, you can choose your attitude each day. There’s no point saying “I woke up in a really bad mood this morning and it’s spoiled the entire day”. Whose fault is that? Even if you don’t feel like it, try to think of how much better you’ll feel if you just… well, feel better. Think of your negative mood as a blanket weighing you down. Throw it away and let yourself feel brighter.

In fact, studies have shown that the physical act of smiling can lift your mood, so even if you don’t feel like it, force yourself to smile (do this in the privacy of your home if you feel silly!). Positivity begets positivity, and you’ll soon find yourself smiling for real as your mood lifts. Surround yourself with positive influences, whether friends, family or mentors, and your positive frame of mind will be easier to sustain.

Setting clear goals is a great way to keep yourself on track, and gives you a real sense of progress as you reach the milestones you’ve set for yourself. Even a tiny step in the right direction is an achievement. Don’t be afraid of setbacks, these are inevitable; just pick yourself up and try again.

Work to establish a healthy routine in different areas of your life. Eat the right foods at the right times, and be sure to get enough sleep. Being overtired is bad news. However, once you’ve got a healthy structure in place, don’t be afraid to turn it on its head now and then by doing something spontaneous.

You only have one life, so make the most of all the opportunities out there for health, happiness and enjoyment!