Later, after I’d politely told them to pull their head in, I started to wonder if there really is much difference between the bad food we put in our mouths and the bad thoughts we put in our heads.
I know a lot of people who live a really healthy lifestyle. They purge those toxins out regularly, exercise passionately and eat all the healthy foods we know we should. In fact they do all the things that are good for their physical body.
But inside their heads it’s sometimes a different story. Often their thoughts are negative such as, ‘I’ll never do what I want to do’, ‘I’m not good enough’, ‘It’s not worth trying that because I’ll never get there,’ ‘X, Y and Z is out to get me’, ‘I may as well give up’, ‘A is a b!tch’, I’m ugly’ and ‘I’m stupid’.
Sometimes they are angry, depressed and even dish out abuse to themselves that they would never direct at others.
They live this really healthy physical lifestyle but in their heads they are being really unhealthy.
These days evidence is mounting that positive thoughts and attitudes can positively affect our health.
I know from my own experience that when I’ve been happy and positive about life, I’ve looked younger and felt more energetic and physically healthy.
But, when I’ve been in a negative headspace for prolonged periods, I’ve looked older and my physical health and energy levels have suffered. The same thing has happened when I’ve led an unhealthy physical lifestyle.
If you’re living a super healthy physical lifestyle but you’re feeding your mind with negative thoughts then you’re probably fighting a battle against yourself. In fact, you could even be making yourself physically sick.
And if you’re eating really unhealthy food, never exercising and not looking after yourself then it’s likely you’ll also be physically sick eventually.
Governments and institutions spend millions every year to encourage people to exercise more and eat better food so their physical bodies can be healthy.
This is admirable.
But what would happen if we began putting similar energy and resources into helping people develop healthier minds? What would happen if we found more ways to help people reject those negative thoughts and instead focus on positivity and possibilities?
Could taking a more mainstream approach to making our minds ‘healthy’ even address some of our physical health issues?
I’m posing a lot of questions here and I’m not claiming to be a doctor or a medical expert. But these ideas make a lot of sense to me.
I think we need to find a way to be good to our physical bodies and be good to our minds as well. Otherwise, as a community, we may just be fighting a health battle we can’t win…against ourselves.