Savers know that physical exercise is vital for building strong, youthful bones. But did you know that mental exercise is just as important?
It’s true, and what better time than May, which is “National Osteoporosis Awareness Month”, to discuss this important topic. During this month, doctors are encouraged to recommend bone density scans and prescribe “treatment” in the form of osteoporosis drugs.
But for Savers, I’m declaring that May is “Osteoporosis Empowerment Month”. That is why today’s post is all about getting mentally “fit”, so you can stand firm in your core beliefs in the face of life’s stresses and pressures.
Let’s celebrate Osteoporosis Empowerment Month with an inspirational mental “workout”!
Why You Need To Be Mentally “Fit”
Any time you go against the mainstream, it can be tough to stick with your approach in the face of the majority.
For example, if you have chosen to manage your bone health and increase your bone density without drugs, you’ll likely encounter opposition and pressure from the Medical Establishment. Even friends and family may cause you to question your choices.
That’s why it’s vital to solidify your core values and beliefs, and then learn to stand firm. And today’s five mental exercises will greatly help you do just that.
5 Empowering Exercises:
1. “Stretch” Your Mind
Just as physical stretching is important before and after working out, stretching can be a part of mental fitness, too.
Mental stretching means getting out of your comfort zone a bit and overcoming negative emotions. It also means learning to become comfortable with the “stretch” of making unconventional choices.
You might have followed the medical model all your life, for instance, and going against “doctor’s orders” feels uncomfortable. Practice mental stretching by “feeling” the discomfort – much as you would a physical stretch – and then growing used to it so it no longer feels uncomfortable.
Another aspect of this is to act the way you want to be. If you’d like to have younger, healthier bones, then stretch yourself and do some activities that are associated with youth. It’s okay to challenge yourself!
2. Don’t Worry About Your Bone Health – Take Action Instead
Did you know that fear and worry can have a profound effect on your bone health? If you spend a lot of mental energy fretting over the state of your bones, you’re actually harming them by raising levels of cortisol, a bone-damaging hormone that your body produces under stress.
Instead of expending mental energy worrying, channel that same energy to take charge of your bone health by getting organized and taking action. The Osteoporosis Reversal Program is excellent for this – the clear guidelines and steps are the perfect tool for exchanging worry for practical action. There’s even a Calendar to walk you through the first few weeks when you get started.
For instance, instead of fretting over what to eat and whether or not your diet is harming your bones, study the Foundation Foods, and then plan a week’s worth of meals and make a corresponding grocery list.
If you find yourself slipping into “worry mode” again, make a point of shifting your mental patterns to positive, proactive ones.
3. Identify Your Core Beliefs
Earlier, I mentioned standing firm in your convictions and beliefs. To do this effectively, of course, you need to have a clear idea of just what those beliefs are. Savers may recognize this exercise as developing your “bone health philosophy” – basically, your set of beliefs about your bone health and how you choose to manage it.
Knowing exactly where you stand on bone health enables you to stick with your convictions and not waver when something causes you to question your approach. For instance, if not taking osteoporosis drugs is part of your core beliefs, then your doctor won’t be able to scare you into taking them.
So research and gather knowledge, and base your philosophy on what you know to be true, not what you fear might happen.
4. Think About What You Are Thinking – And Be Positive
You might be undermining your bone health efforts with negative self-talk without realizing it.Give yourself a bit of a mental workout by really making yourself aware of your thought patterns.
Pay attention to negative words and phrases like, “I can’t” or “I will never be able to____.” Take a day and really listen to yourself. Do you hear a lot of negative words and phrases? If so, then it’s time to make a change.
Once you’re really hearing how you’re thinking, make a conscious effort to change those negative thoughts and words into positive ones. To make sure you stay encouraged, choose terminology that is realistic.
For instance, if you tend to be burdened with thoughts like, “My bones will never be like they were when I was younger,” change the wording to reflect a positive reality: “My bones are in excellent shape for someone my age,” or “I am doing more to take care of my bones than I ever did in my youth.”
5. Reflect On Your Bone Health Progress Each Day
It is amazing what this simple exercise can do to improve mood and boost bone health. But it’s so easily overlooked in our fast-paced world.
At the end of each day, take a moment to write down at least two things you’ve done toward helping your bones that day. Reflect on them and consider specifically how you’ve helped your bones. For example, if you ate two calcium-rich dishes, think about how organic, plant-based calcium is easily absorbed into bones and does not end up in soft tissues. Congratulate yourself, and think about how your bones would thank you!
Then write down at least two bone-building, healthful things you want to accomplish the next day. Maybe you want to try a new a bone-density exercise that targets a particular area of your body, or try a different alkalizing dish that contains lots of Foundation Supplements.
Following this pattern of reflecting on your progress and making plans for further advancement is very empowering.
Remember, Small Changes Add Up
These five exercises are simple but highly effective changes you can make that will have a positive impact on your life and bone health for years to come.
The Importance Of Community
There is no substitute for the encouragement and support of community members who are in a similar situation.
As a member of the Save Our Bones community, you can get inspiration from the success stories of Savers and make connections with other like-minded individuals. These kinds of connections are invaluable, and can go a long way in helping you stay with your choices that go against the mainstream.
“Outside The Box”, Yet Scientifically Proven
Even though the Osteoporosis Reversal Program is nutrition-based and considered “unconventional” by the Establishment, it is scientifically sound and supported by copious research. This helps a great deal when you’re talking to skeptical friends, family members or doctors who question your choice to follow the Program and “think outside the box.” And remember, just because something is unconventional doesn’t make it unsound or dubious.
I hope you feel empowered, refreshed, and ready to stand firm in your bone-health beliefs. That’s the best way to celebrate Osteoporosis Empowerment Month! And please share your experiences and thoughts with our community by leaving a comment below.
Till next time,
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