The Unhealthy Mind

Mind Your Mind

Like your body, your mind needs to be fed.

And, as with your body, you have a vast range of dietary options for the space that exists between your ears. Good and bad. Healthy and unhealthy. You can pump your mind full of unhealthy junk or you can opt for something a little more high-performance, therapeutic and life-enhancing. You can spend time with people who will drag you up or people who will drag you down. You can have stimulating, uplifting conversations or you can immerse yourself in ugly, unhealthy bitching sessions. You can be problem-obsessed or solution-focused. You can look for lessons or catastrophes. Either way, you’ll find them.

Your thoughts are your reality.

Some people will gorge themselves on a steady diet of negativity, gossip, self-loathing, self-pity, pessimism, obsessive thinking and analysis paralysis. They will find problems, drama, obstacles and rejection because that’s what they look for. Some will watch countless hours of mind-numbing, brain cell-destroying television (more than twenty-three hours per week is the average) and never read anything more enlightening, educational or challenging than a cereal box. Some will experience cognitive decline, not because of their age or some genetic pre-determination but simply because they don’t stimulate, train or challenge their brain.

Their brain has been sitting on the couch and eating cake for far too long. Metaphorically speaking.

Some people will play computer games until their prefrontal cortex turns to mush, drool cascades from their bottom lip and their eyes begin to bleed. Almost. Some will reside in unhealthy and destructive relationships while doing nothing to change their situation and some will have the same pointless conversations and arguments about the same issues with the same people only to produce the same unhealthy outcomes. Forever. And that, my friends, is a very unhealthy diet.

Your body is your transport but your mind is where you live.

Train it. Nurture it. Value it. Respect it. Feed it well. :)

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Fi April 3, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Hilarious Mr Harper – I actually got brain strain reading all that stuffffff.

You know, today when I walked down the main street shops (all alone) and looking a little daggy on my holiday vacation (I was a no-body stranger to them) when i passed each person (mostly looking awefully sunwrecked) I just slowed and said Hi… and let them start the conversation… most interesting question to them was….’what i do’ and at this point in my life not much $$$ wise, but no-one seemed to care – every person said you lok so ‘happy’ and yep I am.

Maybe I have found my little paradise – or maybe a place where people care more than…. judge you!!

My mind is healthy here…

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Raynold April 3, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Yes, agreed! I love to read personal development books as well as listen to motivational audios to feed my mind with good thoughts.

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Jim April 3, 2012 at 11:24 pm

Is it possible for your brain to sit on the couch and eat cake, literally speaking?

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alicia April 4, 2012 at 2:04 am

Loved it!

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Brian April 4, 2012 at 7:07 am

There’s a balance . Some times to over think and over read and over intellectualise is just a process of justifying my laziness and procrastination.

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Beach bear April 4, 2012 at 8:35 am

Yep totally agree about keeping the brain alive and well. I recently bought a piano (used to play years ago very poorly and only self taught) HOWEVER…..i dont intend on putting on performances anytime soon but thought i NEED to get back into this as reading Beethovens symphonies are a REAL mental challenge! At the moment i am working it out one bar at a time and sound atrocious but who cares i’ve never been so happy and that little brain of mine is bursting at the seams with the complexity of it all and yet at the same time it always feels like my brain is smiling at the end of each challenging moment!

Without your mind theres no point worrying about much else lets face it :)

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Evan April 4, 2012 at 9:27 am

Well, our mind affects how we respond to our reality.

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Marci April 4, 2012 at 9:37 am

It is so easy to just give in to laziness – I find that the minute i walk through the door after work is the best time to simply put my runners on and go for that walk – if I sit down and “rest” for half an hour it is more likely that I will wane in my fortitude to get out there and exercise. Once the couch beckons, the mind also weakens and you are so right Craig that everything goes to mush once this happens.
Love the article!!

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Missbkcol April 4, 2012 at 10:39 am

Yet another great article. Thank you!

Reminded me of a quote by Dr. Wayne Dyer.

“The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of the state of your mind.”

Like you said in your article about the mind “You have to feed it well”.

:-)

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Deb deb April 4, 2012 at 11:38 am

From a hypnotherapist. Very true! X

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Tee April 4, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Brilliant! The glass is definitely half full! :)

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virginia April 4, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Wow! Awesome stuff. I sent a link to your blog to our school Headmaster last week. My children attend an ‘elite private school’ with 1200 students who ALL need to read your blog…

Well done Craig. You’re da man!

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Suu April 4, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Rest, renew, and rejuvenate. Ahhhhh the bliss of sitting in the sun today and thinking nice thoughts and trying to make pictures out of the clouds as if I was a kid again.

Yep. I agree. My mind is now a bit more refreshed.

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Stacy April 5, 2012 at 2:02 am

Ideas of books to read to retrain the brain?

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Craig April 5, 2012 at 5:44 am

Stacy – an easy and practical way to dust off the cerebral cobwebs and start bench pressing for your brain is to do some daily problem-solving puzzles, crosswords, memory quizes, mathematics stuff, etc. :)

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Sandy Fishwick April 5, 2012 at 10:18 am

Garbage in Garbage out, that applies to the body, mind and spirit.

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Andrew Melbourne June 6, 2012 at 1:22 pm

I like the comment about having the same arguments over the same stuff with the same people – geez you ought to meet the some of the long term staff I work with thats all they do – total crap

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Leo @ Actualized.org August 27, 2013 at 7:26 am

I like to say, “What your information in-take”. Just like you wouldn’t feed yourself garbage food, you don’t want to feed yourself garbage information, i.e., mainstream news, gossip, mindless TV, tabloids, etc.

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Liem Nguyen November 1, 2013 at 12:45 am

True that the mind needs to be fed like the body. We must supply enough positive nutritious food for the mind. The healthier the mind, the healthier the body.

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