With all of the research and literature being created daily about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, it might seem that it is a relatively new discovery. While it is true that through the centuries people have made (and continue to make) some pretty unhealthy lifestyle choices, the fact remains that the quest for health has been around, well, as long as humans have been.
And the understanding of the connection between physical health and mental health is also not new.
Siddhartha Gautama lived in Nepal during the 6th to 4th century B.C. (There is still debate on the details of his life.) He is better known as a spiritual teacher from ancient India – Buddha. Interestingly, while Buddha was a spiritual teacher, many of his teachings focus on health. But he is not alone in recognizing that living a healthy lifestyle is imperative for mental and emotional health, too.
Consider these quotes that span centuries:
Adopting a healthy lifestyle means striving for a healthy body and a healthy mind. It’s not a new philosophy. But it is a philosophy that many people have been slow to embrace. If you want to be healthy mentally, then you must also strive to be healthy physically.