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Often, our thoughts and feelings influence what goes on with our bodies because of the explicit interdependence of the mind and body. This is called the Mind Body connection.
We experience our feelings directly impacting our physical health, and vice versa. We come across people saying, “I am not feeling good, I don’t feel like eating”, “I am not hungry because I am not in the mood or feeling low emotionally or depressed”. Additional examples of the Mind Body connection are people experiencing panic attacks sweating or shivering, and those with stress complaining of fatigue. Such instances narrate the connection between mental and physical health.
An imbalance between one’s physical and mental health is also found to be related to serious illnesses like cancer and cardiovascular and respiratory health issues in the long run. Similarly, about one in three people with chronic physical health conditions experiences mental health issues, which can deteriorate the immune system and cause sleep disturbances.
Physical activities are an excellent option to keep oneself fit and healthy while simultaneously improving mental well-being, contributing to the right Mind Body connection. One can also engage in sports, dance, yoga, or other daily physical activities. You cannot ignore the benefits of regular exercise in improving metabolism, uplifting mood, and increasing energy and alertness.
We all know the saying, “You are what you eat”. A healthy, nutritious diet helps keep the body and mind healthy. Following a good diet plan like eating fresh, wholesome food, and mindful eating contributes to good health.
Sound sleep at night helps relax the body, de-stress the mind, relieve stress, and calm the mind.
Gradual steps should be taken daily to get rid of bad habits. It might be smoking, alcohol consumption, eating junk food, or excessive screen time. Regulating our habits will help in making the body and mind healthier.
We should try to participate in activities that help calm the mind and improve focus. One can take up journal writing to reflect on the day. Practicing meditation helps relieve stress, thus improving mental and physical health. One should focus more on positive emotions rather than negative ones.
Staying healthy and leading a good quality life should be the central goal to maintain a balance between physical and mental health. When we face a challenge in keeping up with mental health, it impacts our physical well-being. Hence, taking good care of ourselves is of the utmost importance.
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