Why Its Important To Have A Healthy Mind For A Healthy Body
Eating ‘five a day’ is something that has been fed in our mind right from our childhood days, and most of us are familiar with this hypothesis that eating at least five pieces of fruit and vegetable on daily basis, helps to keep us in good shape. While the exact number of fruits or vegetables we should consume on daily basis can be difficult to prove scientifically, but it cannot be disputed that eating healthy can helps to minimise our trips to the doctor.
However what about keeping a healthy mind? Is that as important as healthy body, and if so, how can we achieve this?
Eating healthily to think healthily:
According to the Mental Health Foundation, a good diet is important for our mental health, and our daily diet can play a significant role in the management, development, and prevention, of many conditions, like depression, Schizophrenia, ADHD and Alzheimer’s disease.
A healthy and balanced diet may not necessarily be able to control these conditions, or cure them, however managing them can be made easier. Consuming a good balance of carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, proteins, and minerals, gives your mind the best chance to be healthy, and the rest is all up to you.
“The human body has been designed to resist an infinite number of changes and attacks brought about by its environment. The secret of good health lies in successful adjustment to changing stresses on the body. “~Harry J. Johnson
An active mind:
In the world of medical and scientific world brain degeneration is a hot potato and there have been a lot of discussions and scientific experiments conducted over them to see if it’s at all possible to overcome conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia. Research is still ongoing, and the results are inconclusive, however, there are other reasons as well to try and keep your mind active.
As our minds are shaped by everything that we hear, see, feel or think, we can choose what we feed into our brain, in the same way as we choose what to feed our stomachs. Choosing what your mind consumes is sometimes also knowns as a ‘mind diet’, and certain diets can help in keeping your mind healthy and avoid negative feelings and thought, that often throws an impact on our physical health, too.
“And dieting, I discovered, was another form of disordered eating, just as anorexia and bulimia similarly disrupt the natural order of eating. “Ordered” eating is the practice of eating when you are hungry and ceasing to eat when your brain sends the signal that your stomach is full. … All people who live their lives on a diet are suffering. If you can accept your natural body weight and not force it to beneath your body’s natural, healthy weight, then you can live your life free of dieting, of restriction, of feeling guilty every time you eat a slice of your kid’s birthday cake.”
― Portia de Rossi, “Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain”
There are certain questions that we need ask ourselves regularly, in order to establish just how healthy our minds are keeping.Some of these may include the following:
Am I balancing my thoughts or are they tending towards negativity?Is my mind diet good enough? Do I need to focus more on what I feed my mind?
How can I distinguish between feeding junk food to my mind, and feeding it healthy food?
Is my mind and the way I think about things, having any negative effect on me as a person? This may be a good time to speak to family members and friends that you trust, and ask them if your behavior and reactions appear balanced to them.
Maintaining your mental health:
There are a lot of things we can do to ourselves in order to help prevent our minds from getting sick though, just as there are best practices for maintaining a healthy mind, like the points mentioned above. Doing regular physical exercise, eating healthily, and mental exercise, are some of the simplest things that we can all do to stay in good shape physically as well as mentally.
Many of us suffer from a poor physical health condition at some point in our lives, and the same can probably be said for poor mental health, as well. Consulting a doctor when you are physically sick or perhaps injured is automatic, however, we are often not so quick to seek medical aid if we feel that our minds are suffering in some or other way.However, we should be.
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