When it comes to true healing, we must first embrace the ‘whole’ person, addressing the needs of the mind, body, and spirit in acceptance that they are all connected and that these essential aspects of ‘being’ influence our lifestyle choices. All over the world, people live unhealthy lifestyles that will affect how long they are on this earth. The connection between lifestyle and well-being is continually being researched, yet it is still profoundly misunderstood. For example, just because alcohol makes you feel good at the moment and enhances your social life does not mean it is a healthy lifestyle choice for your mental and physical health. You are as you do, and you are what you eat; your lifestyle choices matter. When trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, it all starts in the mind. The mind is one of the hardest things to control. It is so easy to get sidetracked or sucked out of reality. Through the use of mindfulness and meditation, it is easier to observe our thoughts and discover patterns. Through stillness and awareness, one can return to the natural state of ‘being’ rather than ‘doing.’ This helps one focus and become the creator of circumstance rather than a victim of circumstance. Everything is about perspective. Our thoughts, actions, and feelings are all linked inside our minds and bodies. Your energy follows your thought pattern, and this is why it is so important to be filling your mind with positivity. This is also where the power of manifesting comes from. Visualizing what you want has more power than we realize because this notion of what you want will influence all your decisions. It is imperative to keep your eye on the prize, whatever that may be, for this reason.
A good diet and exercise are crucial to maintaining a healthy life. Exercising is one of the best ways to boost your mood while also benefitting your physical health. During exercise, the reward centers of our brain receive a welcomed jolt, creating mood-enhancing feelings of hope and joy. The saying ‘you are what you eat’ was not just made up for fun. It really matters what you are putting into your body because it becomes you. The best diet is the one that is the most natural. This means no processed foods and eating as organically as possible. To fully embrace health and vitality, we must align our lifestyle as closely as we can with nature. Mother nature gives us everything we need, while pharmaceuticals just cause more problems. Along with all of this, to be truly happy and healthy, you need to learn to love and accept yourself. This is the ultimate key to maintaining good mental health. When you realize that you are enough, you open up your heart and mind to the true beauty and joy of life, transforming yourself into a state of balance. It is a lot to try and do all at once, but even taking small steps to achieve a healthier lifestyle will have benefits.