How to Build the Mindset and Habits to Sustain Your Health

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If I have learned anything over the past year it has been how important my daily habits and mindset are.   Let’s be honest, ever since the pandemic hit there have been so many ups and downs.  I know that my habits have played a huge role in helping me weather this storm.   

At the beginning of the pandemic I started a new morning routine.   I wasn’t able to go to the gym like I used to so I decided to exercise right when I got up.   Each night I laid my clothes out, set my alarm and committed to getting out of bed to do my workout.    After this was well established I bumped the alarm up by a few minutes to allow time for my gratitude journal, and then finally layered in time for meditation.   Now I do all 3 and it is sets me up for my day.  It is a consistent part of my day and something that I can control.  

What are some healthy habits that you can put in place to help you support your wellness?   Here are some ideas of very simple habits to incorporate and I recommend starting small and building up.   Make them achievable for yourself so you gain the confidence that you can do it – small wins everyday.   Here are some examples of how small a new habit can start

  • Move your body daily  – for 10 minutes or 30 minutes, whatever works for you
  • Eat more veggies – 1 cup /meal
  • Meditate  – 1 minute is better than no minutes
  • Get to bed earlier – start 10 minutes earlier
  • Practice gratitude – write down 1 thing each day
  • Get outside – 5 minutes minimum

You get the idea.  Start small and keep track to reinforce the habit each and everyday.   As it becomes routine you can add more time or build on it as needed.   

When it comes to mindset I think we can all agree that it’s easier to have a positive one when all is going well.    However, keeping a positive mindset during the tough times will help us get through them.  We have the choice of how we show up each day – we can choose to sit in the struggle or we can choose to thrive despite it.   This isn’t about toxic positivity, rather getting out of victim mode and helping ourselves through the challenges.   Here are 4 techniques I have been using this year to help me through;

  1. Finding gratitude in the hard things
  2. Meditating daily
  3. Focusing on the things that I can control
  4. Choosing to show up each day as the person I want to be

Someone shared this quote with me recently and it really resonated;

“Practicing gratitude doesn’t mean burying unwanted feelings or looking for the silver lining in a bad situation.  Practicing gratitude means acknowledging what is still good along with the mess”   Heidi Barr

I will leave you with a challenge:

  • Pick one new habit that you want to implement and start today
  • Find something to be grateful for each and everyday
Allison, Holistic Nutritionist at Body Co. Toronto

Allison Madigan, Holistic Nutritionist

Allison graduated from Queen’s University with a BAH in Economics and started a career in the marketing world. Nutrition and wellness were always at the forefront of her thoughts. After 15 years in the industry she decided that it was time to follow her passion and go back to school. She took a leap of faith, resigned from work, enrolled at the Edison Institute of Nutrition and hasn’t looked back. She has been working in the field for 2 years now and loving it. 

She has a strong belief in the power of food and proper nutrition to keep us healthy and prevent disease. Her mission is to empower people to make healthy and mindful decisions for themselves to achieve their optimal health and wellness.

Allison has a keep interest in hormone balance, food sensitivities, stress and digestive health. She works with her clients to formulate a plan that will work for them. Her plans will include diet modifications, lifestyle and supplements suggestions as well as some mindset work.

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