How Your Physical Behavior Affects Your Mental State
September 1, 2017
Ever notice that after a great workout, you feel on top of the world? Yup, there’s a reason for that. Your physical health is connected to your mental health in many reasons beside just what you think.
Nutrition – Ever hear the saying, you are what you eat? There are many factors that are contributed to a poor diet. We could be stressed or depressed, and find ourselves eating tons of comfort food. Well, unfortunately, sometimes the “good stuff” is filled with sugary or processed foods. Malnutrition and a depletion of having nutritious foods can lead to conditions such as depression and anxiety. Make sure your diet is full of rich-nutritious food that are filling, and mentally make you feel good for eating it.
Hydration – Getting dehydrated not only gives you a headache, but can keep you in a cranky mood most of the day. Even with lack of water, your muscles and other parts of the body, like your joints, will start tensing up with pain. Make sure you drink enough water throughout the day to keep not only your energy levels up, but your spirits high as well.
Exercise – Physical exercise has been proven in research studies, of reducing the symptoms of stress and depression. Running those extra laps and lifting those last few sets can help increase your self-esteem as well. With getting your blood circulating, your memory and concentrations will also greatly improve.
Sleep – Not getting enough sleep will automatically but you in a crummy mood. But it has also been linked to other psychiatric disorders, such as depression, bipolar, anxiety and ADHD. Making sure your body gets enough sleep, if helping it heal and reset, so you can feel more energetic and refreshed to accomplish anything.
Substance Abuse – Alcohol and drugs plays a huge role in mental changes. Alcohol is a natural depressant, and mostly used to self-medicate. With the abuse of drugs and alcohol, you are only masking the underlining problem. Seek out someone to talk to, you’ll feel so much better afterwards.
Illness – No one wants to be sick – especially suffer from a chronic illness. Studies have shown that people who have a chronic illness or terminal illness, will become depressed and emotionally unstable, faster than a healthy person. It’s vital for one’s wellbeing to stay positive throughout an emotional time, which can even help extend your life.
Social Well-Being – Not having social connections can make one feel sad or depressed. As human beings, we need social connection and interaction to feel, well, human. Being alone for extended periods of time can bring on depression and poor emotional health.
Every day is a gift and we want to enjoy every moment of it. We want to make sure we don’t get stuck in a rut, so it’s important to avoid certain actions, and increase positive motions. Making sure you eat right, exercise and get enough sleep are basic, simple factors that will help you have a better day.
Make sure you give more to someone, such as helping a friend or verbalizing thankfulness will emotionally make you feel good. Make sure you’re thinking positively! Always thinking about negative thoughts or actions is an easy way to fall into depression. Always try to start your day on a positive note, listen to your favorite music and focus on your blessings.