There’s a growing interest in the real-world implications of the mind-body connection. More and more doctors are realizing that a critical way to support optimal physical health is to ensure patients are mentally healthy first. Strong negative emotions can impact everything from your muscular tension levels to hormones in your body. While there are many reasons to take care of your mental health, its profound impact on your physical health is among the most important.
Depression, high levels of stress, anxiety, and even loneliness can all impact your well-being. Medical conditions such as high blood pressure or stomach ulcers and events like heart attacks and strokes can often be correlated to emotional and mental health issues such as extreme and prolonged stress.
Address mental and emotional health issues early
If you find yourself struggling with feelings of low self-worth, anxiety, isolation, or depression, find constructive ways to address them as soon as possible. Many people could benefit from talking to a loved one or a compassionate professional. Understanding the root of an issue can help you better process and release negative emotions and thought cycles.
Tapping into a creative outlet can also help reduce these issues. Writing, singing, dancing, or painting can help release negative feelings while boosting confidence, pride, and productivity. In addition to expressing yourself through a creative activity of your choice, look into other forms of stress release and ways to increase mindfulness.
Meditation, yoga, and other self care can influence your outlook
Committing to regular personal time can be difficult, but the benefits are staggering. Spend at least 15 to 30 minutes each day doing something just for yourself. A brief morning meditation may cause you to feel calmer during the day and can help balance your blood pressure. No matter how you choose to do it (as long as it’s healthy and constructive!), daily self care is important if you want to find your way back to a calmer, healthier place.
Yoga or Tai Chi can also be great practices to cultivate mindfulness and strengthen the body. These physical exercises come with the added benefit of encouraging participants to live in the moment and honor the body’s natural abilities. Unlike more strenuous activities, yoga and Tai Chi are low-impact, meaning people in virtually any physical shape can try them.
Massage therapy can help offset stress-related issues
A host of health benefits are associated with manual therapies such as massage and chiropractic adjustments. In addition to treating specific physical symptoms of discomfort, these therapies can decrease stress, depression, and anxiety in many patients.
The reason why is simple: hands-on therapies result in the release of oxytocin, a hormone associated with both bonding and reduced stress hormones. Additionally, releasing physical tension can help you mentally and emotionally let go. Gentle touch, combined with an increased sense of physical well-being can improve both your physical and mental health.