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Logical vs. Emotional Mind
For instance, when you decide it’s time to eat better and start working out again, it is usually an emotionally based decision. After all, it’s more fun to eat junk and be lazy. However, there was probably some emotional pain you experienced that motivated you to want to make a change such as being disgusted with your reflection in the mirror or unhappy that your clothes don’t fit. In this case, emotional decisions are good because they motivate you to make a change in the right direction.
However, there are times when emotional decision making can backfire. When you think, “I am really feeling down right now and I will feel better if I have some ice cream,” you are being driven by an emotional response. Emotional responses are dangerous when they cause you to do something against your greater goal. When you cater to them, you are giving up long-term true happiness (weight loss and feeling good about yourself) with short-term pleasure (eating the ice cream). If you stop yourself and remind yourself—‘emotional versus logical’ you will realize that logically you will feel even worse after eating the ice cream, and then you will be able to sidestep the emotional response that drives you to eat.
Sometimes it is self-sabotage that is the emotional response that derails you. For
instance, if you go off your diet, emotionally you might start thinking, “See, I can’t do this, I am too weak. What is the point in trying. I am just going to eat what I want and accept that I will stay overweight.” Or, even worse, “I have already screwed up this week, I am just going to eat what I want and start over Monday.” Emotionally, this feels good because you let yourself off the hook and you comfort yourself by saying that you will go back on your plan on Monday so it’s OK to enjoy yourself now. However, when thinking ‘emotional versus logical’ you realize that you will just put on more weight this week that you will have to take off come Monday, so you are just shooting yourself in the foot.
Before making your next decision regarding food and eating, check in with yourself with the question ‘emotional versus logical—what is really going on?’ Even if you don’t end up changing your behavior, just being conscious of what makes your mind tick will be helpful to identify how you struggle and the various ways your mind likes to play tricks on you.
When a kid is acting up and starts to get really whiney and emotional, and you can tell you are not getting anywhere, you might have him or her ‘cool off’ with some quiet time before continuing on his or her day. This allows the emotion to dissipate. Give yourself the same time to ‘cool off’ before you make a decision that will harm you in the end.
The mind is so powerful—it can be your biggest ally or your worst enemy. It is possible to stop your thoughts in their tracks and turn them around in an instance—the power is inside you!
All of our decisions ultimately are based on either a logical response or an emotional one. If you can identify the source of a decision you are about to make as being logical or emotional, you gain control over your actions. All actions begin with a thought, and while you are still at the ‘thought’ part and not yet at the ‘action’ part, you still have time and ability to make a change.
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