A Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body

by Ali on March 7, 2008

Mind and thoughtsIt’s easy – especially when we’re busy – to focus on our physical health and shape, and ignore our mental wellbeing. But there are undeniable psychological aspects to dieting (how many of us eat when bored or stressed at work?) and keeping healthy covers more than just our body.

This series is going to look at some typical feelings and thoughts and examine their effect on our health. If you ever feel fed-up, anxious or unhappy, read on!

I feel fed-up because …

  • I never have any free time to do what I want.
  • I don’t like my job.
  • I have a good life but I’m never content.

I feel anxious because …

  • I don’t know what the future holds.
  • I never have enough money.
  • I worry constantly about lots of little things.

I feel unhappy because …

  • I don’t have the partner I want.
  • I don’t have any friends.
  • I never seem to enjoy anything.

Write down your thoughts

This weekend, grab a notebook and sit somewhere quiet for ten minutes. Jot down how you’ve been feeling over the past couple of weeks – happy? Drained? Capable? Worried?

Now figure out why you’re feeling that way. Be completely honest: it doesn’t matter if you’re whiny, unreasonable or unkind, as no-one will read it but you. For instance, are you a bit down because you’ve been so busy with work and home that you’ve not had a chance to do anything fun? I’ve been feeling that way recently, so I’m taking myself off shopping on Saturday morning for some me-time and retail therapy!

If you’ve been feeling perfectly happy, give yourself a big pat on the back! Write down all the things that you love about your life, and make sure you include them over the next couple of days.

And check back next week for the announcement of our new diet diarist (we’ve had lots of great offers already, but there’s still time to email me at ali@theofficediet.com if you’d like to apply too), the first part in the healthy-mind series, some tweaks and changes to the site, and more…

(Image above by Jill Greenseth)

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