We all want a better body and we all want a better mind. If you look for advice on how to get these, you’ll find a variety of answers that offer to be gospel. Exercise more, eat better, meditate, seek therapy. In broad terms, many of these are helpful steps to take. However, the devil is in the details. To improve mental and physical health, you often need to get down to the individual level and find the approach that works for you and you alone.
Define your desires
What is it you really want? Do you want addiction, stress, or anxiety to be part of your past, not your present? Do you want more control over your emotions in day-to-day life? As far as your body is concerned, do you want to lose weight or regain mobility? Take to pen and paper and have a serious conversation with yourself about your health goals.
We all have our burdens
What gets in the way of those health goals? Sometimes, people have trouble finding the motivation to make the changes they need. Sometimes, money might be an issue. Other times, it might be that they don’t have time. Your burdens, if you can’t overcome them, can be worked around. But not unless you’re realistic in admitting them.
Facing your demons
When it comes to mental health, in particular, there are a lot of different methods to tackling different issues. For emotional disorders like depression, there’s a difference between cognitive behavioral therapy and interpersonal therapy, for instance. In fighting addiction, you might go for a center’s faith-based approach or you could visit their holistic treatment site and find that additional physical therapy could be the help you need. It’s important not to give up because “therapy didn’t work”. Sometimes, you just need to vary your approach.
Finding the changes that help you
You can also shape yourself so that you’re more open to the different options available. There are great links between physical and mental health. If you’re finding meditation doesn’t work for you, for instance, then a positive life change like changing your diet could make you emotionally more compatible to it. Similarly, if you’re finding yourself too stress to work out, then practicing mindfulness can help you change your habits.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach
The reason we focus on individualizing your approach to health is that it’s important to avoid those grand promises. Fad diets, supplements that are supposed to cure all, and bad health advice in general work because people believe that everyone has the same reaction to the same treatment. It’s important to realize that the road to positive health isn’t a switch or one new addition to your life. It’s a process of finding the series of changes that build you into a stronger person working together.
We all have different desires. We all have different goals. We all have different obstacles. That’s why what works for one might not work for another. Hopefully, the tips above help you find that individual approach that helps you become the person you want to be.