Wellness Begins with Your Mindset

Wellness begins in your mind. In fact, wellness begins with your mindset. Your mindset is the ideas and attitudes with which you view and feel good conceptapproach the world. In order to truly be healthy, you must begin with a healthy mindset.

Here at BrightFire Living, the focus is on living well despite the challenges we face living in our modern world. Day in and day out, we are constantly bombarded with all sorts of unhealthy situations that have practically become the fabric of our society; whether it be stressful jobs, lack of physical activity, the Standard American Diet, toxic chemicals, etc .

Living well in this day in age requires you to have what I call a “BrightFire Mindset.” You must be bold and fiery. In other words, you have to be willing to do something different than the masses. It takes courage and passion to go against the grain, take responsibility for your health, and reclaim your wellness.

Here are 10 BrightFire mindset principles for igniting your wellness:

1) You are in control of your health and wellness.

Generally speaking, most people have given up control of their health and wellness. Our society tends to rely on pills to make problems better when they occur rather than look for and address the underlying cause. Most people also take a passive role in their wellness only thinking about their health when something goes wrong. Many folks feel helpless, like their fate is beyond their control.

In contrast, the BrightFire approach is a proactive approach. Even if you are struggling with a chronic illness, your fate is not predetermined by your genetics. Chronic illnesses result from a misalignment between our genes, our environment, and our lifestyle. While you may not be able to cure your chronic illness or get new genes, you can alter your environment and your lifestyle so that you can better manage your condition, and in some cases, even turn off those genes that are expressing themselves in a negative way.

2) Eat healthy to be healthy.

Since I was a teenager, I used to always say, “I eat to live, not live to eat.” Back then, this was my excuse for not spending excessive amounts of time in the kitchen. Today, this expression means much more to me. Eating is about nourishing your body. We often associate so many emotions with food. Unfortunately, this isn’t always a healthy thing to do. Many women have an unhealthy love-hate relationship with food; either eating large amounts of unhealthy “comfort foods” or restricting foods due to poor self-image. Instead of using food as a coping mechanism, use it to empower your body and make it stronger. When you eat a healthful diet you will be healthier, mentally, physically, and spiritually.

3) Love yourself.

When you really love someone, you would do anything in your power to care for that person. True wellness requires you to love yourself unconditionally. When you love yourself, you will do what it takes to nurture yourself and stay healthy and well.

4) Wellness is personal.

When it comes to wellness, one size does not fit all. Wellness is highly individualized. It starts from the inside out.  What is good and healthy for someone may be bad and unhealthy for another person. In order to be truly healthy and happy your life must be in alignment with your personal vision of wellness. This requires a lot of awareness, listening to your body, and nurturing yourself based on what you know to be good and healthy for you specifically.

5)  Each part of your life affects all other parts of your life.

Wellness is multidimensional and encompasses every aspect of your life including, your physical health, mental health, diet, physical activity, relationships, work, home environment, social life, finances, recreation, etc. If any one area is weak it will weaken another area. The key is to strengthen each area to your satisfaction in order to achieve your vision of wellness.

6) Each part of your body affects all other parts of your body.

The human body is made up of several different systems and mechanisms working together in order to maintain homeostasis and your overall health and well-being. If any part of your body is struggling to do it’s job, it will affect other parts of your body. In western society, we have a tendency to compartmentalized health. True health and well-being requires a more holistic, integrated approach.

7) Wellness is about lifestyle, not quick fixes.

We all want instant gratification and quick fixes but that just isn’t reality. Ever wonder why crash diets never work? It’s because sustainable change happens over time. Wellness is an on-going process not a one-time event. Achieving wellness takes commitment and enthusiasm for living well.

8) Wellness is about living optimally.

Wellness is not the absence of disease. You may have no formal diagnosis and be very much unwell. You can also have a chronic condition and still live with optimal wellness. Wellness is not the opposite of illness. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, “Wellness” is defined as, “the quality or state of being in good health especially as an actively sought goal. Again, wellness is something that you actively pursue and improve upon.

9) Gratitude is the key to healthy happy living.

People who focus on and show gratitude for the things that really matter to them are the healthiest and happiest people. According to research in the field of Positive Psychology only 10% of happiness is influenced by our circumstances and 50% by our genes. A generous 40% of our happiness relies on intentional activities related to mindfulness and gratitude.

10). Seek alignment with your priorities, goals, and values.

Many people trade their health for convenience, to please others, to save money, to save time, etc. Make sure your decisions and actions are in alignment with what is most important to you and wellness will come naturally. It really all boils down to this.

Keep these 1o prinicples in mind and you will be well on your way to achieving your own vision of wellness and living healthy and happy despite the challenges we face with modern living.

I would love to hear your thoughts, please leave a comment below.

About Tiffany deSilva

Hi I'm Tiffany deSilva, MSW, CPC, CHC, Founder of BrightFire Living, LLC. I am a social worker, speaker, author, certified health, wellness and lifestyle coach, certified green living coach and toxic-free consultant. I am passionate about helping women like you to detox each area of your life, safeguard your family's health, and live life fully charged and completely lit up! I am on a mission to empower women and families who are managing food allergies, autoimmune disorders, and other modern chronic health conditions to live a safe, happy, and healthy life that truly lights your fire!

Feedback & Comments:

  1. Excellent points Tiffany, especially about gratitude! I begin each day by thanking God for my many blessings (and listing them!)

  2. This is one that I wholeheartedly agree with yet find parts hard to commit to over the long term. No excuses, just need to keep my own commitment levels high. At some point everything one does affects one’s business to the good or to the bad.

  3. I love this! Very encouraging and so true!

  4. Fully in agreement. Everything begins with self.
    If one cannot be positive and action oriented about
    self – the road to help others is a steep one.

  5. I love #4 – Wellness is personal. It’s different for each person and everyone needs to commit to their health goals before they can move forward. I think many people don’t realize that it is a mindset. Great article.

  6. What a great article! Love the gratitude tip and of course optimal health as a lifestyle is so key.

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