On Getting Healthy: Breaking Up Mental Scar Tissue
Mental scar tissue is a roadblock to getting healthy.
I used to get angry every time a friend would post their workouts or healthy meals on Facebook. Every run, every burpee, every low carb, gluten-free, high protein meal made me nauseous. They were always followed by a happy face too, which made it 10K times worse: “training for this weekends half-marathon!!!” “Worked up an awesome sweat at CrossFit this morning – can’t wait for tomorrow!” and “Mmmmmmm – roasted cauliflower is where it’s at!” (It actually is quite tasty).
But I wasn’t angry at them; well, I thought I was, but after reading so many posts about how happy and healthy all of my friends were I realized that my anger was misdirected. I was really pissed off at myself because I wasn’t like them. I was the opposite of them. And worse, I told myself for years that I could never be like them.
Defining Mental Scar Tissue
When we talk about scar tissue, we typically think of the way the body heals after an injury when the original tissue is damaged. It can be found as a visible scar on the outside, or as built up tissue on the inside. Our own negative experiences, whether by other’s influence or our own, help to build up what I call mental scar tissue. The negative words, the put downs, the mental abuse – all of this takes a toll on our persona, on who we are and who we are supposed to be. The words get built up in our heads and prevent us from doing the things that we are capable of.
Breaking Up Mental Scar Tissue
When you start a new workout routine, especially if recovering from an injury, you are breaking up scar tissue that will then allow your body to move the way it was intended to. The same goes for getting your head right – seeing yourself in a positive light is the first step in owning your life. Here’s how to do it:
Look in the mirror and tell yourself that you are awesome. Seriously. Do it once day, everyday. You know why? Because you are, but you need some convincing. Who better to convince you than yourself?
Stop saying “I can’t”. How do you know you can’t? Have you tried getting healthy? I mean really given it your all? Don’t sell yourself short – you are capable of far more things than you think you are.
Remove the word “try” from your vocabulary. Tthe word “try” gives us an out. For example: “I’ll try to get to the gym tomorrow.” No you won’t. Either go or don’t. “Try not. Do or do not. There is no ‘try’.” – Yoda
Harness the power of the word ‘yet’. It opens doors. It changes perspectives. It give hopes. It lifts fog. It clears the mind for the future ahead.
The next time you say you can’t do something, add the word YET to the end of that statement, and watch what happens.
See obstacles as opportunities. Remember my super happy Facebook friends? Although I was angry and discouraged, what they were really doing was inspiring me and giving me the opportunity to be like them – healthy and happy.
Look in the mirror and tell yourself that you are awesome. Did I already say that? Do it again.
This is your life – you are here only for a visit, and you deserve to be happy. Heck, we were intended to be happy! Why else would we be here? Break up that mental scar tissue and own your life.