A life well lived most definitely does not come without stress. Stress is a necessary evil that can impact every area of your life. But did you know that you absolutely have the power to determine how to respond to stressors in your life? The connection between your mental and physical health is vital, so keeping both a priority is key to healthy living.
Research has clearly demonstrated that mental health issues can impact physical factors, such as cardiovascular health. Unfavorable psychological health conditions such as chronic stress, depression, anxiety, and anger can cause harmful physical reactions, including digestive issues, increased blood pressure, inflammation, and heartbeat irregularities. Conversely, positive psychological responses are associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality.
So what can you do to keep your mental and physical health in good shape?
Consume a Healthy Diet =Eating well will help you feel good and fuel your body in ways that keep it strong. Avoid sugary foods that will weigh you down and make you feel sluggish. Instead, fill your diet with nutrient-rich foods like lean meats, veggies, and healthy fats to build your immune system, support brain health, improve mood, and increase energy levels.
Get Your Sleep – Some sleep issues have been linked to mental health, but on the flip side, sleep deprivation can also contribute to negative mental health issues. A good night’s sleep strengthens the body, allowing it to recover, and lets you wake up refreshed and ready to take on the day. Additionally, your body controls hunger hormones, including ghrelin and leptin, when you sleep, which can keep you at a healthy physical weight.
Exercise Regularly – You don’t have to be a fitness buff to use exercise to keep your mental health in check. The key is finding the right activity for you, which means you might enjoy walking with a friend, doing yoga, or joining a gym. Doing something you enjoy will help you stay consistent with your exercise routine. In addition, physical activity helps to clear the mind, reduce anxious feelings, and improve your self-worth.
Do Things You Love – Don’t let life move so fast that you forget about the things you love. Whether you enjoy reading a book, volunteering or spending time cooking, building time to do these things will keep you in a relaxed state of mind, clearing room for you to have more energy to deal with difficult situations when they arise.
Connect with Your Community – Feeling a sense of purpose and connection to those around you can promote your mental and physical health goals. Seek to build a robust social network with like-minded people.
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