What’s eating you?
Generally, when we ask this of someone we do so because we think something may be wrong.
Although it’s a rather odd turn of phrase, making me think of all those bugs that view our bodies as home, you kind of get what it means, don’t you?
When everything’s not as it should be, it can feel as though some external force is consuming you, leaving you short of resources to fight back.
Of course, knowing what’s eating you is one thing.
Another is ‘what are you eating’?
For one reason or another I’ve recently been thinking harder than usual about what I eat, in terms of its knock-on effect on the way I feel.
Although it’s slightly complicated, it’s clear that certain foods can be good for your mood because of their nutritional formulation.
But I think it’s also true that some food makes you feel good because of its emotional resonances – perhaps it was something you enjoyed as a child, or maybe it gives you a good feeling to actually prepare it.
The danger with the latter thought, of course, is that it may be easy to slip into an over-eating phase – perhaps resulting in disliking yourself for consuming more than you should have.
As in all matters of mood, having a mindful awareness of what you’re eating is actually a big start.
Being conscious of what you eat, when you eat it, and perhaps why you eat it, can help a lot.
Don’t forget, a diet for good mental health should include plenty of fruit and vegetables (different types); wholegrain cereals or bread; nuts and seeds; dairy products; and oily fish.
Drink plenty of water, too.
Remember, though, that tasty beats bland if your mood is low.
Look after yourself.
Feed your mind.