What is the link between physical and mental health?
Our bodies and minds are connected more than we probably even know currently. But so much science exists to support this, that we can no longer deny it.
They are like siblings. Definitely related by both nature and nurture. The best of friends, and the most bitter rivals. They bicker. They stab each other in the back. And if we work hard and are lucky, they perform a beautiful symbiotic dance.
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This topic has been on my mind a lot recently as you can see from the linked related posts, so I am so happy my blogger friend Alexis was generous enough to share her thoughts on the matter. Thank you so much, Alexis. Make sure to give her a follow after you’re done reading!
Also, I am not a doctor or mental health professional. Just someone who has lived with anxiety for many years who is passionate about sharing her experiences and tips for success. If you are in crisis call your doctor, then click here for some good mental health resources.
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How physical and mental health are related
Have you ever had a lazy week or few days where you were just staying in the house and not moving around much?
I am sure you felt rested but maybe a little foggy and sluggish. This is because physical and mental health can be tied together.
It is no surprise that physical and mental health are linked to longevity. Many studies have shown that people who suffer from mental health illnesses like depression are more likely to live a shorter life.
According to the Mental Health Foundation, schizophrenia is associated with a tripled risk of dying from a repository disease and doubled risk of dying from a form of heart disease.
Also, people who are dealing with depression or are unhappy usually are not making the best choices when it comes to their health. It is important to remember that people do not choose to have mental illnesses and they definitely do not choose to live an unhealthy lifestyle.
A few years ago I used to have really bad anxiety especially when I would go to school.
I mean it was next level. I would have full on breakdowns before and after school. A few years before this I had just quit competitive cheerleading where I would have practice almost every single day; and yes competitive cheerleading is a sport! We would have to stretch, run a mile, work on doing flips, and do our routine over and over every single practice.
Oh, I was also on two teams. Lets just say I was getting TONS of exercise every week.
What happened next
I remember I was so excited to quit because honestly it was taking over my life and I started to lose my passion for it.
For the first few weeks I was on top of the world and felt so nice to just be free. I have always had anxiety but I have been able to control it and calm myself down for the most part. However, a few months after quitting I felt like it was just unbearable. I have always had a hard time going to school mainly because I was very shy and got terrible social anxiety. I still have a hard time with it today, but I noticed a huge difference when I started to work out and add more physical activity into my day.
It is important to understand how the body and mind works together to strengthen your quality of life. Or, in some cases, how it can weaken the quality. There are so many different options when it comes to working out or just simply adding more steps into your day.
Tips for increasing physical activity
- Walking somewhere instead of driving if possible
- Take the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator
- Go for a walk or workout in the morning (this will help you have a good start to your day)
- Try different physical activities to see what you like
Tips for starting a healthier lifestyle
- Drink more water
- Eat more fruits and vegetables
- Take care of your mental health
- Set attainable goals
Check out this post for more tips on starting a healthier lifestyle.
About the Author
Hi, my name is Alexis and I live in South Florida. I am currently in college working towards my bachelors degree in business administration and management. I have always had a passion for health and fitness since I was a little girl. My favorite thing to do is cook healthy meals for my family. You know that annoying person who is always talking about what you should and should not be putting into your body? Well, that’s me but a little more balanced.
My blog- https://alexisdlee.com/
Thank you so much, Alexis. I’ve been writing about this more and more lately because it is something I truly believe. We can no longer ignore the way our minds and bodies are linked.
Remember the dance I mentioned? The universe is constantly playing music, even when we can’t hear it. Our bodies and minds are conditioned to dance to it. The more we can train them to work together- the more they practice their steps- the more beautiful the dance will be.
Do you allow these dance partners time to practice? Do you allow them to enjoy time together?
Our bodies and minds share a critical bond. They are partners in crime, and at times strange bedfellows. They work together to keep us healthy.
How have you been treating your body lately? Be honest! No judgment. Have you noticed it having an effect on your mental health? Let us know in the comments!