So yeah… I met ‘that guy from the Bachelor NZ‘ at a conference we were both speaking at. I hadn’t watched the show but I did know that all of New Zealand was talking about it. I didn’t really know anything about Art Green other than the general consensus of the nation was that he was hot, and a ‘nice guy’.
Turns out they’re right on both counts… (I’m not ashamed to admit he’s a good looking man.)
As most of you know, I don’t do small talk, and both Art and his lovely partner Matilda were wonderful people to chat to about things that actually matter. Yay for good people and good conversations.
So here’s Art’s answers to five of my questions:
When everything starts falling apart, what’s the one thing that brings you back to calm?
What’s the one book that has had the most impact on your mental health and why?
What is the one thing that has made the biggest impact on your mental health?
What rituals do you do every day for your mental health?
What advice would you give to your younger self?
I decided to feature Art first in this series because his answers are nicely diverse, from nutritional, to physical to mental…
I have heard many stories over the years of the benefits of the Paleo diet in regards to mental health. One I re-tell about a man who went from suicidal to stable in about two weeks after starting to eat Paleo. The research showing that the correlation is in removing both sugar and processed carbohydrates from your diet, both of which are known to cause inflammation in the body, inflammation now being seen as a major component in depression and low mental health states. So, I can completely understand how Art is a major proponent of this diet for him and anyone else that wants to join him.
Moving your body everyday is also something that has been espoused by many for good mental health but I think that Art hits the nail on the head about the word ‘exercise’. I hate ‘exercise’, but I love activity… The key is to make sure that whatever the movement is, it’s something that you enjoy. Or for me, also an activity that has some sort of purpose.
And I’m so happy that he has started a regular meditation practice, the one thing I recommend more than anything else.
And to re-iterate Art… You, yes you, are capable of absolutely anything. So go and do it…