What if you had a healthy body, but an unhealthy mind?

There are all sorts of ways for people to lead a healthy life, by either maintaining a clean diet or working out regularly. Or for the really ambitious and disciplined people, that means doing both at the same time.

More and more individuals are starting food and fitness blogs that are meant to help those who want change but don’t know where to start to achieve it. With the ever growing relevance of these blogs on Social Media sites, it has become much more convenient to inform yourself about health risks and health benefits. But if finding methods for taking care of your outer body are so easily accessible, why is it not just as simple when it comes to your mental health? With the emerging trends of #cleaneating, #mealprepping or #minuteworkout people are able to research and change their outer appearance, while forgetting to make time for their inner appearance.

As research in the field of psychology shows, those who neglect their mental health and stability are just as likely to die of health issues as those who die of a regular illness. You might be able to protect your body by taking all kinds of antibiotics and medication or through healthy eating, but how do you protect yourself when you feel lonely due to factors such as the lack of social inclusion?

[…] chronic loneliness has devastation impact on our physical health. It impacts our cardiovascular systems as well as our immune systems to such a degree that it literally shaves years off our life expectancy.

According to author and psychologist Guy Winch, disregarding ones mental state does not only lead to poor physical health, it also impacts ones behavior and cognitive functioning to a certain unhealthy degree. Winch, who himself has suffered from negligence of emotional hygiene, speaks of favoritism towards body and mind. As he explains, people tend to mend external bodily imperfections more often than they do internal imperfections. When faced with personal problems it is often advised to “shake it off” and to move on with life. But would the same advice be given to someone who has for example injured their arm or leg? It is not possible to simply “shake off” a broken leg any more than it is to simply let go of emotional pain.

Taking care of your body goes beyond bandaging wounds and dieting techniques, as it also requires self-reflection and conversing with those around you. In his talk, Guy Winch discusses the cause and effects of emotional neglect and how you can help yourself heal from scars that aren’t visible to the eye. Watch the video down below to learn more!

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