I was recently interviewed on the podcast Upside Downtrodden (Scott Mullin and Sean Namanny) on the important subject of healthcare. That’s right, someone actually found me via lilpickmeup and actually asked for an interview?!?! Now, realize I am not a self-help expert. Quite the contrary; I am just like you trying to figure my way through this thing called “life.” While many of you were blessed to be born with the “happy gene,” others like me do their best to manage their happiness and contentment, taking them one day at a time.
Feeling better is more than just simply “thinking good thoughts.” Ensuring that you have good health means that you come to an awareness that being healthy isn’t just physical. In other words, you might technically be in poor health in comparison to a marathon runner yet still you could pass a physical with your doctor. You don’t hit the gym often and you enjoy food and drink, but you aren’t what you’d consider “obese.” Sure, you might be a little soft around the middle, but you appear “normal” to most around you. But going beyond your outward appearance, your mental and emotional health are different matters, altogether.
That same marathon runner you can’t keep up with could be undergoing some real inner turmoil. The fact is, just like we learned as youngsters not to judge a book by its cover, mental health is an internal condition that is not always visible to others. We are all guilty of sometimes wearing our hearts on our sleeves, but many of us have also learned how to put on a great “poker face” to hide our mental and emotional pain. As such, the way people behave often belies what’s going on inside, resulting from emotional trauma they are still dealing with. That’s why it’s important (yet sometimes very difficult) to be empathetic with others because we often don’t understand the root cause of why people act the way they do or are the way they are.
Better total, triumvirate health — emotional, mental and physical — requires flexibility and “out of the box” thinking. Ensuring your wholeness means that you have to be pro-active and understand your weaknesses. If you know yourself, you can find ways to dismantle negative thoughts from corrupting your mental database. It’s like a virus targeting your computer. If you can install your own personal anti-spam software, then you can detect the viruses waiting to attack your computer and stop it before it leaves irreversible damage.
The Bottom Line:
If you are feeling mentally drained or pained, the outside world might not have a clue. It’s up to you to take action and find ways to help yourself before you start a downward spiral. If your poor health is something that is invisible, beneath the surface, then, you need to take the steps to get the treatment you need. Good health requires self-awareness especially for your internal world and the strength to prevent negative thoughts from manifesting into your physical reality.