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This video was inspired by a conversation I had with a client last week.
They opened up to me and told me a little bit about their struggles with depression in the past; bad depression to the ‘clinically depressed’ point. Fortunately they have now come through that, although they are still prone to mild forms of depression on occasion.
I was speaking to him about this because he goes through bouts of doing really well during exercise sessions, following his nutrition plan really well, and doing whatever is asked of him.
He makes good progress during that time and his weight starts to come down, he feels much better and everything is going well.
Conversely there are also periods of time when things are not going so well, when he doesn’t really feel like working out, when he doesn’t eat well and things are not going as planned.
How Do You Feel When Things Are Not Going So Well?
So he opened up and said that when he’s not feeling mildly depressed or ‘down’ things go well – “I do feel like working out, I feel energised and motivated and things go well but when I feel mildly depressed I don’t want to work out and don’t want to do much”, he explained.
This really got me thinking about how much peoples’ mental states can be linked to their ability to do what is required to achieve a certain goal. I am speaking about health and fitness here because that’s my profession but this really applies to any goal.
I know a lot of people struggle with depression and I am not qualified to speak about depression in any great depth over this video but I am speaking about mental states as a whole.
Depression is just one of the so called “negative mental states”. That’s just a label that we use in this video. The same as stress, anxiety, frustration, anger, feeling down but not depressed – all of these states of mind. Read more about the effects of stress here.
You’ve probably related to this before. When you are feeling happy, energised and motivated, you will quite happily go to the gym, work out, eat better, make better choices and achieve good results.
But when you are not feeling so good – stressed, anxious, upset, frustrated you probably make poorer choices. You maybe have fast food rather than healthy food. Perhaps you skip the gym.
So What Can We Take From This?
It’s unrealistic to tell you to maintain a positive mental state all the time. That’s just not part of life.
It’s good to be more mindful of things that happen in your life that push you towards that so called ‘negative state of mind’ – and also what things help you to stay in a positive state of mind.
If on the whole you can maintain more of a positive mindset and outlook then you are more likely to work out, live a healthy lifestyle and make progress towards your goals.
If you spend more time feeling negative you are less likely to do that.
And that’s one of the many reasons I believe a lot of people struggle with consistency, they have this kind of yo-yo approach. They spend far too much time stressed and anxious, which puts them back to default mode and they make poor choices. Here’s how to get out of self-doubt mode.
So that’s the take home message for today. We have used the client example of depression to illustrate the point of how your mental state, whether you realise it or not, can have a huge impact on your ability to achieve results.
Do less of what makes you stressed, sad, anxious and unhappy and more of what makes you happy, joyful, peaceful, calm and everything else that gives you that clarity to want to work out, be energised, motivated and make positive choices, whether it’s journaling, talking to a loved one or professional, or just mentally processing things.
Commit to making those changes and you will have a much easier time moving towards any goal you are trying to achieve in your life.
Adjusting the psychology around the emotions attached to your training, and visualising yourself having achieved all your fitness goals is a powerful motivator to take action and ‘be the person you have to become’ to get there.
All of our comprehensive personal training programmes at Luke Bremner Fitness do include help with the mindset and motivation components to ensure you’re successful in achieving your goals.
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