The American neuroscientist Candace Pert who discovered the opiate receptor in the brain said, “The body is the subconscious mind. Your body has an innate intelligence of its own, evident by the thousands of chemical and electrical processes that work without your conscious awareness.”
Your emotions literally transform your body and create your health. If you don’t believe me, try being depressed for a week and note the change in your physiology.
Your body listens and responds to your thoughts, hence constant preoccupation creates stress because you are drawn to what is wrong. I’m sure this is not your intention and you might argue focussing on your physical looks is healthy.
Yes, logically, but your mind does not perceive it this way. This is why eating disorders abound because of the unhealthy relationship people develop with their bodies. When repeated attention is held on your appearance, your mind perceives this a minor stress.
“An eating disorder is a compulsion rather than an addiction, and it is not an illness. It is a culturally learned pattern to distract you from self-love,” states clinical neuropsychologist Mario Martinez
People of all ages post images of themselves on social media, in part to inspire others. This is a movement prompted in recent times by smart phones, yet its motive is undesirable to those seeking inspiration.
Health is not conveyed by publicising one’s physical attractiveness since it’s unachievable to most people. It’s why fat-shaming has flourished because people are drawn to unattainable poster images, depicting those with suboptimal body-fat levels. If you don’t fit this image, you’re considered overweight. Really? Says who?
Health begins from the inside out. It is not an outside-in effort. Sure, you may have a healthy body image which reflects in your self-esteem. There are people with good-looking physiques that have low self-worth because they identify only by their looks.
Similarly, those with normal physiques have high self-esteem.
Countless people strive for physical beauty, yet many are emotionally unwell inside. Consider walking through the front door of a beautiful home, spectacular on the outside. You step through the door and collapse through the floorboards because there’s no solid foundation to support it.
The point I wish to emphasise is to nurture yourself from inside out.
“Then I discovered the one thing that changed the course of my health and my life: the belief that every thought we think is creating our future. This one little idea shifted the direction of my life. I found that if I could create peace, health, and harmony in my mind, I could create the same in my body and in my world,” states authors Louise Hay, Ahlea Khadro and Heather Dane in Loving Yourself to Great Health.
Much of the information contained online nowadays is written by people without qualifications in their respective field. They lure you into buying their products or service to enhance their self-image, at the expense of your hard dollars and health.
There’s a great deal of misinformation on popular websites, who employ ghost writers with no health experience to maintain their online presence.
Be mindful of the information you consume. Just because it sounds good doesn’t mean it’s right for you. This applies to what you read here. Don’t take my word for it, investigate everything with due diligence and apply it where appropriate.
To know if the information is suitable for you, live it for three months and note the changes. The principles must be sound to begin with. Avoid dieting or restrictive health plans since they’re detrimental to your long-term health.