Health is important. Chances are, if you’re a regular MindBodyGreen reader, I don’t need to tell you this. You likely eat a clean diet (relatively speaking), practice some yoga, and are generally conscious about your physical wellbeing. But, here’s something many health-conscious people don’t talk about: being a “health nut” doesn’t always translate to being well. Why? Because when we become obsessed with health, it becomes an end rather than a means.
Health is useful insofar as it brings us greater peace, ease, and freedom in our daily lives. The moment it starts to become a source of stress, struggle, and self-imposed limitation, our relationship with being healthy stops serving us and starts to do the very thing it’s intended to counteract, which is to cause stress.
I’ve been there, trust me. I know what it’s like to think: If only I strive a little harder to eat the “right” foods and incorporate all the correct healthy habits into my daily regimen, my life will fall into place and that happiness, elusive as it is, will finally be within reach. But, this is an illusion, and a pervasive one at that, as it’s hard to fathom that the pursuit of health can cause anything but positive change. Unfortunately, no matter how positive something may sound in theory, when we approach it from a place of fear, self-conflict, or struggle, it contributes to stress rather than joy.
Here are some essential questions to ask yourself if you ever have fallen into the health obsession trap: