It was 20-some years ago and things were broken down for me. I was sick, broke, and miserable. And the financial stress seemed to be making everything else worse. I felt there was a chance to break out of the drama and become successful. But also felt it wouldn’t happen if I couldn’t get healthy.
And that turned out to be the case. It’s pretty hard to be amazing when you’re sick all the time. Health is such a vital part of success, happiness and prosperity. So all this week the posts will look at health and wellness. And there’s no better place to begin than your mental health…
Because abundant health, like most things, is created in the mind first. Three areas to look at in this first post:
Number one is giving yourself some time for peace and harmony. If you run your mind like an out of control turbine engine all the time, it will eventually break down. Even just a few minutes of meditation each day will do wonders for you.
That doesn’t mean you need a mat, have to cross your legs, burn candles, and chant mantras. It could be as simple as turning off the TV and radio in the mornings, and giving yourself some time for quiet reflection. Peaceful walks or silent drives. Spend some time in contemplative thoughts and also spend some time in the space between thoughts.
Number two is what you feed your mind. We talk about this a lot here, so I won’t belabor it. But if the bulk of your mental diet is CSI, Law & Order and Desperate Housewives, you’re going to have a hard time manifesting true prosperity in your life. And remember to find some times for crossword puzzles, Sudoku or other brainteasers. These create new neural pathways in your brain and will keep you sharp and alert many years in the future.
And finally, number three is knowing when you need professional help. Mental illness – and I’ll define mental illness as co-dependency, addictions, narcissism, fear of intimacy, and lots of similar dysfunctional behavior – always reinvents itself. You quit one addiction and pat yourself on the back, not facing the face that you’ve simply replaced it with a different one. You can’t do brain surgery on yourself, and you can’t do mental health counseling on yourself either. So if you need help, seek it out.
How are you doing on this? Do you feed your mind a healthy diet, challenge it, and give it times for rest? Are you creating a mindset that will serve your desire for a prosperous life?