Practicing Mental Fitness

Practicing mental fitnessWith the new year in full effect, so many of us are contemplating resolutions and searching for ways to make the coming year better than the one before. In creating your best life, I invite you to place mental fitness at the top of your wish list. We so often talk about fitness in terms of creating the body of our dreams and looking our best. It is my belief that the importance of being internally stable and content rarely receives the attention that it deserves in creating a healthy life. After all, an optimal mindset is key in healing so many diseases and in creating a healthy inner world; one that will support every part of us to flourish and thrive. In fact so many of my clients don’t achieve the physical goals that they set for themselves until they have made a significant change in the limiting thought patterns that hold them back. Strength in all of it’s forms is an inside job.

Below are a few ways that you can implement and practicing the art of exercising your brain on the regular.

Look at Things Differently

Changing the way that we look at challenges and experiences is key in feeling vibrant and healthy. We so often get stuck in our old limiting beliefs that we inhibit ourselves from creating positive movement. The next time you find yourself thinking a self defeating thought, challenge that thought by asking if it is actually a proven fact or if you are just choosing to see things in a certain way. Become aware of your perceptions and know that each time you shift the way you interpret something you are creating new neural pathways in your brain and opening yourself up to a fresh perspective. What’s one way that you can choose to look at a situation in your life differently that instantly makes you feel better?

Start Being Kinder to Yourself

What is the internal script that runs through your head at any given moment? Is it self-serving or self sabotaging? Truth is that if your internal dialogue is harmful that you will subconsciously act in ways that will reinforce those negative thought patterns. Don’t reserve all of your kindness and respect for everybody else. Start noticing subtle ways that you may be unkind to yourself and commit to choosing a more loving thought in that moment.

Change it Up

If we truly want to call in new ways of perceiving our world, we must be willing to literally change up our typical ways of doing things. Consider taking a different route to work or modifying your morning routine in some way. Your environment also contributes to dwelling in an optimal state. Do your surroundings inspire you or bring you down?

When we make simple and subtle shifts, we allow for new experiences to enter our lives.

Look Around You

Perhaps one of the most valuable things we can do to feel mentally and emotionally fit is to literally take a step back and notice the types of people that we are holding space for in our lives. We subconsciously take on the characteristics and behaviors of the people we spend the most amounts of time with. Are the people in your close circles a positive influence? Do they motivate you to be your best?

Here’s to a year that feels good from the inside-out.

Melody Pourmoradi is a women’s life and wellness coach at Life Evolutions Coaching. Check out to learn more.

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Melody Pourmoradi
Melody Pourmoradi is a women’s wellness and lifestyle coach at Life Evolutions Coaching and a columnist for Long Island Weekly's Healthy Living Special Section. Learn more about her services at

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