In order to have a healthy mind, you need a healthy body and in order to have a healthy body you need to have a healthy mind.
Mind Body Health is vital for wellness and this concept was re-iterated through a podcast. The guest speakers on this particular podcast were talking about a wide variety of health issues but the one topic that really resonated with me was their perspective on cancer.
One of the guest speakers was talking about her own personal experience with cancer and how she saw the illness as a positive impact on her life. This perspective on cancer is not heard regularly. Yes, we hear cancer survivors speak of their journey and how the illness impacted their life but I have never heard someone speak of being diagnosed with cancer as a blessing.
This lady was diagnosed in her early twenties and she explained that she was enjoying her life in a very unhealthy way. She was partying a lot, drinking a lot of alcohol, dabbling in illicit drugs and was not eating well. She said her health was not a priority and despite being shown small alarms of illness developing before the cancer developed she continued to ignore all symptoms because she “Was having too much fun”.
Hearing this made me think of all the young adults out there, even into their 30s and 40s possibly living this kind of life not considering their health as a priority.
The way she spoke about Cancer was so inspiring, how it was a wake up call for her to make changes and begin to live a healthy life. Cancer is not some mysterious illness that just develops overnight. How you live your life and what you put into your body every single day will determine your risk for preventing or encouraging illness. You have the power to choose how your body is going to function and in result how healthy you are.
The podcast continued on to a conversation around the power of thought and how much impact our thoughts and attitude have on our life. There are so many individuals out there living with such a negative outlook on life hating where they are, what they do for work, what they look like etc.
One piece of advice I took away from the pod cast was how much we can change just by changing the way we think about things.
Fall back in love with you, your life and think about what you want to achieve in your years spent on this planet.
Stop hating yourself and start accepting yourself and if you want to change something about your life set goals and do whatever you possibly can to achieve them.
One simple thing you can start now is writing an affirmation for yourself to look at every day for the next week.
“I fully approve of who I am, even as I get better.”
Stick this affirmation where ever you will see it regularly for the next week (on the bathroom mirror, back of the toilet door, in your car or on your fridge etc.) Say it out loud every day as many times as you like (Even if you feel silly doing it).
Once you start to believe the words you are saying, you will be amazed at the positive changes that can happen.