Interrogate any decent real estate agent and they’ll no doubt tell you that the three most important factors affecting the value of a particular property are location, location and location.
Neighbourhood, it seems, is pretty crucial when it comes to house prices.
I wonder if the same might be true of your mind? Where does it live?
The late Jim Rohn – an American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker – said ‘Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.’ And that, it seems to me, was a pretty handy piece of advice.
How can you have a mind that’s completely at peace with itself if it lives in a rotten run-down neighbourhood? True, I know we can’t all have the body of an athlete or super-model, but surely it makes sense to maintain your physical health to the degree you’re able?
I measured, recorded and tracked my own mood for several years but have only relatively recently recognised that mood isn’t the whole story.
I strongly believe that your physical health also plays a big part in your overall sense of wellbeing (as does your level of connectedness to others) so I now rate myself each morning in these three areas – emotional health, physical health and, if you like, social health (connectedness) – rather than simply capturing mood alone.
It’s shown me that when I’m tired, have aches and pains, or am run down, it generally has a significant impact on my overall wellbeing.
Of course we don’t always have the power to influence every aspect of our own physical health: some conditions must be simply tolerated and lived-with.
But doesn’t it make sense to do whatever you can to enable your mind to live in a better place? Doesn’t it make sense to get as much exercise as you can? Doesn’t it make sense to eat healthily and get a decent night’s sleep when possible? Doesn’t it make sense to avoid unnecessary stress, or take proper breaks if you can’t?
Healthy minds live in healthy bodies, so what could you do today to ‘clean up your neighbourhood’?