Weight loss and mental health: 7 steps to help you ‘lose weight and start living again’

Secret 4: Keep Your Mind Pumped

“How you see things will affect your mood,” Steve commented. “Often the problem is not the problem; the problem is the way we look at the problem, and that is what causes the problem. It is therefore important to keep your mind as positively focused as can be reasonably achieved.” Do this by:

i) Learn and practice relaxation to quieten your mind. Find a place where you can take 15 minutes to sit quiet, breathing freely and easily, and allowing your mind to release all the unnecessary mindset tension on each out breath.

ii) Recognise your negative automatic thoughts and how they trigger your depressed mood. Take action to reframe them to become more positive so that you retrain your mind to be more positive about you, your life and your future. For example, rather than saying ‘I will always feel low and never achieve anything’ say ‘right now I am experiencing a change and a time where I allow myself to work through issues, and when I come out the other side I will achieve exactly what I am determined to achieve’.

iii) Don’t stay static for too long, making sure you have a change of scenery which will also help to stop your mind wandering, and help to prevent your mind focusing on negative and upsetting thoughts and emotions.

Secret 5: Implement Mood Magic

Steve added: “Creating a happier mood means bringing in things that automatically trigger a more positive mood.” Do this by:

i) Changing the colour scheme within your environment so that it includes more yellow.

ii) Pin photos around that immediately trigger feelings of happiness.

iii) Place items around the house that align to a future happy event or a life goal.

iv) Get more light. You will have heard the phrase ‘he/she is in a dark place’. There is a reason for that. A lack of light can lower the mood so it is important to get enough light. Consider walking in daylight for an hour a day and if you work indoors make sure you get out at lunchtime even if it is raining. If you are unable to walk then consider getting a daylight bulb to get enough ‘natural light’.

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