(Originally appeared in the June hard copy edition of
We worry about eating well, exercising, sleeping, and being physically healthy, but we tend to forget to care for our mind health. Our mind tells our body what to do, how to respond, and ultimately creates your happiness and health. Our body is incredibly responsive to our thoughts.
Stands to reason that one might want to spend some time thinking about what and who you are. Many people today enjoy telling us who we should be, how we should think, how we should dress and who we should become etc. I have some great news for you! YOU are the boss applesauce! I spent many years teaching my children to recite this very line every day before school. I needed them to understand they would decide who they were and what and how they would think about themselves. This was my way of preparing them in case they were bullied or ridiculed. Who is preparing you and protecting you from yourself?
You know the voice in your head- yes, we all have one- the one that sometimes says “Wow, you look really fat”, or “How could you be so stupid?”, or maybe it’s “I wish I was as funny, smart, attractive as my sister or co-worker”. The bottom line is that negative self-talk will manifest itself in negative ways, fighting against your physical well-being. Someone who constantly degrades themselves mentally will often eat for comfort. Gaining weight results in affirming your own negative words as true. It’s a cycle no one enjoys or benefits from. Even those around you will suffer. Please be kind to yourself.
Motivational Speaker, Michael Clouse explains it this way. We should never say anything to our self in our own head that we wouldn’t turn around and say to our mother or best friend. Seriously- self check here. Are you being nice, kind, patient and loving to yourself? If not, then why not? I believe strongly in the Law of Attraction: we bring about what we think about. You will most certainly manifest what you continually tell yourself, whether it’s true or not. We can only control two things in our lives - our own thoughts, and our actions or reactions. Make it easy to obtain a fulfilling and positive life by filling your mind space with positive words and thoughts. Read uplifting and joyful material and say good words to yourself. In fact, repeat them over and over. Your mind doesn’t know the difference between fact or reality but it will continue to work on whatever you feed it. Say good things to yourself. You deserve it boss!
These are my older blog posts, which originally appeared in my Exposure Magazine Column, "Healthy Living."