Quote: “Health is not just about what you eat. It’s also what you think and say.”
Your diet is not only what you eat. It’s pretty much everything you do, what you watch, all the things you listen to, what you read, the people you hang with, etc. Be mindful of the things you pour into your body emotionally, spiritually and physically. A real and complete health is not just the body, it’s also emotional health, mental health. That’s why it’s important to be careful about what we think. Our thoughts run our our lives.
The first wealth is health. If you think wellness is expensive or too time-consuming, then try illness. A mental illness is like fighting a war where the enemy’s combat strategy is to convince you that the war isn’t actually happening. As if it’s all just in your head, you are the only problem and nobody cares.
How to become healthier and happier
Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are surprisingly simple.
Start making healthier choices. Not choices that are just healthier for your body, but also healthy for your mind. So whatever you do, ask yourself; does this make me feel good? Does this make me happy? The key is in fact to actually do more of what makes you happy. This will also help you establish the things that make you feel horrible.
Take time to learn to recognise your triggers. The things that take you to a dark tunnel. When you’ve identified your triggers and when they occur mentally say “pause”, take a deep breath. Observe. Mentally press “play”. Do this regularly and at every given occasion. This process helps you to learn to control your thoughts, rather than your thoughts controlling you.
This transformation isn’t going to be easy. It’s going to be painful, like any transformation. When you change form, you become a new person. Even if your progress is slow, please know that you’re not falling apart. You’re just falling into something different, with a new capacity to be a beautiful person. And remember; if nothing changes, then nothing changes. You’ll have to do the work.
An arabian proverb says: “he who has health has hope; and he who has hope has everything.” Happiness is the highest form of health. If you’re happy, you have everything. You won life. So, how about doing more of what makes you happy and live a more inspired life?
You don’t have to struggle in silence
The only thing more exhausting and energy-consuming than having a mental illness is pretending like you don’t.
Just because no one else can do all the inner work for you doesn’t mean you should or need to do it on your own. Seeking help is a sign of strength. It’s the realisation of what things you can do by yourself and pinpoint the areas you could use some help. Try building a commercial airplane on your own for example. A little bit of help would come in handy.
You are more precious to this world than you’ll ever know. Every individual matters. You aren’t the things that haunt you. You aren’t the pain you feel right now. You aren’t defective or broken. You’re human, you’re doing the best you can with what you know and what you have. Be conscious of the fact that you have so much more to offer to the world than the demons that you’re fighting.
Don’t let your struggle become your identity.