Weight loss surgery is not a magic bullet. It won't solve all your problems. For that, your mindset is crucial. A powerful, positive mindset teaches you to deal with difficult moments. It helps you achieve your goals and motivates you to maintain healthy habits. Discover our 10 mindset tips that will positively change your life after surgery.
Nutrition is not just fuel for a vital body. The vitamins and minerals found in foods also affect your mood and resilience. That's why it's important to fuel your body with healthy foods. With fruits and vegetables, protein and calcium and by cooking with fresh ingredients instead of convenience foods. After weight loss surgery, you often do not get enough vitamins and minerals. Moreover, you also absorb less of them. This can be solved with the right, customized multivitamins.
In addition to maintaining strong bones, muscles and a healthy weight, exercise is just as valuable for a strong, positive mindset. When you exercise, substances are released in your brain. Like serotonin and endorphins, or feel-good hormones. They create that nice, fulfilled feeling after a workout. Therefore, try to exercise for half an hour every day in a way that suits you.
Exercise outside as much as possible. Your body gets happy from oxygen and sunlight (vitamin D!) and so does your mind. Nature and fresh outdoor air calm your mind. It creates space in your mind when you are stuck for a while. It can literally make you feel lighter. By the way, you don't have to exercise intensively. A walk is just as healthy and effective for body and mindset.
On average, you have 60,000 thoughts a day. Most of them are unconscious, otherwise you would go insane! But to change your mindset, dwelling on some does make sense. Before going to bed at night, write down your goals and note what you are grateful for. That way you focus on what is going well and that will improve your sleep.
Sleep is crucial for good health and a strong mindset. By giving your body rest, you recharge and reduce stress. Are you getting too little sleep? Then you can become unbalanced, emotional and agitated. Keeping a positive outlook then becomes very difficult. Suffering from sleep deprivation? Go to bed earlier, preferably around the same time every night.
It sounds contradictory, yet it's good to know that you can't always think positively. Life is not all fun. Let go of the idea that you have to be happy every day. Struggles and lesser days are also part of it. Accepting this and knowing that difficult situations will pass again helps. And this way you can still give it a positive spin.