We’ve all heard the old sayings “look on the bright side” or, “view the glass as half full,” but why is positive thinking and understanding your emotions necessary for achieving optimal health and wellbeing?

Positive thinking and proper control over your emotions can lead to more confidence, improve your mood, and combat adverse thoughts, which can lead to unwanted stress and contribute to other health problems.

Recognizing how our emotions are structured is the next step toward transforming unhealthy habits to healthy habits when faced with a difficult or uncomfortable situation. This practice is easier if you use Stop. Challenge. Choose.®:

  • Stop. Take a slow, deep breath to help control your emotions. Recognize that you are triggering an unhealthy habit. Pausing and taking a breath helps to regain control.
  • Challenge. Think about why you are responding to the situation the way you are. Remind yourself of your goals and the choices you should make to reach these goals.
  • Choose. Make the healthy choice that gives you a similar reward but is much better for your long term health.

Here are some tips for creating a positive mindset and understanding your emotions:

  • Positive affirmations: Positive self-talk can be calming and control stress. Try starting your day by talking in a positive way. Saying, “I can do this ,and “I will try my best”, or “I can handle this by taking one step at a time”, will help keep your mindset open to developing positive thinking that eventually develop into habits.
  • Turn “setbacks” into “set forwards“. Instead of focusing on a time or occurrence that set you back from achieving your goals, identify how you could have handled it differently while using this opportunity as a lesson to grow and move forward.
  • Breathe. It’s critical to take reflective time to do a breathing exercise at the beginning of your day, when you have a midday break, or prior to bed time. Deep breaths cue the brain to calm down, and allow you to refocus or slow your thoughts.
  • Surround yourself with positive people. Reach out to me, your Independent OPTAVIA Coach, or OPTAVIA’s supportive Community to talk through any challenges you may be facing on your health journey. Use your social network, or reach out to a friend or family member to seek advice.

If you haven’t already watched our transformative video series, featuring Your LifeBook – Elements 01-26, on CLIENT ANSWERS, please engage and take a deeper dive into each element. These videos, Your LifeBook, and me, your Independent OPTAVIA Coach, can give you the tools to empower yourself to create optimal health and wellbeing.


When special occasions arrive, we sometimes find our healthy habits to be challenged.

Focusing on staying on Plan and implementing Healthy Habits now, will build a solid foundation for achieving your goals as we approach celebrations. Here are some tips for making healthy choices:

  • Have a plan of action. When a challenge arises, have a game plan for how you will succeed. When faced with a decision between a healthy or unhealthy choice, remember that making the healthier decision will give you a greater reward in the long run.
  • Fuel yourself before dinner. Have a small meal or Fueling before you have a big holiday meal to avoid overindulging. Remember to also keep your water bottle with you at all times.
  • Focus on friends and family. Let your loved ones be the focus, not food. Try planning an activity with your family instead of a sit-down dinner to get everyone moving.
  • Enjoy yourself. Use this time to focus on yourself by getting some extra sleep, trying a new exercise, or taking some extra meditation time. Health is not just about looking your best; it’s also about feeling your best. Taking care of your wellbeing is the catalyst for making other essential healthy changes.

Don’t wait for a specific calendar date to embrace or resume a healthy lifestyle. Start implementing these healthy habits now and become a happier and healthier you. Instead of starting on the New Year, you’ll already be tracking toward your goals.

Ask me, your Independent OPTAVIA Coach, about other ways to stay on Plan as we kick-off yet another seasonal milepost on our journey to health.


Reprinted from the HOH Newsletter 11/9


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