Mental and Physical Health Can Benefit Each Other
It can sometimes be difficult to properly manage your time in such a way that you’re able to work on both your mental and physical health. It seems that sometimes they don’t really work well with one another.
However, they’re more similar than you might think, and by working on one, you can actually greatly improve the other at the same time. Everything in your body is connected, and that includes your brain.
Your mental health can have a direct effect on the rest of your body, and your physical health can have a direct effect on your mind and mental well-being. If you let one deteriorate, the other will follow suit.
However, this also applies to improvements, meaning that if you’re able to develop better physical health, you can easily develop better mental health. As you improve your mental health, you’re likely relieving stress and relaxing quite a bit.
This can have a ton of positive physical effects on your body. By ridding yourself of stress, you’re far more likely to lose weight, eat healthier, and stop experiencing things like aches and pains.
Effects of stress
Stress can have a ton of negative effects on your physical health, so by controlling that mentally, you’ll see improvements in both categories. Similarly, as you eat better and become healthier, your body will release endorphins that can make you have a better, more positive outlook on life and help you feel better in general.
Exercise and physical fitness can also make you happy by seeing progress and results, releasing dopamine knowing that you’re making positive strides towards a better physical appearance.
While you can’t always try to work on both your mental health and physical health every single day, you’re doing a bit of good for both by just taking the time you need to do one.
Don’t worry too much about trying to get everything balanced and spending more time on your health and less time doing the things you like, because you’ll just end up getting stressed out and undoing all of your hard work.
It’s okay to miss a workout, and it’s okay to take an extra mental health day. You’re not going to fall behind by taking a bit more time for yourself or some more time to do other things that you want or need to do. As long as you don’t stop your efforts altogether, you’re going to be just fine.
Erlend Sølvberg, wellness blogger