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Here's Why Physical and Mental Health Go Hand in Hand

Almost everyone is concerned about their physical health. Whether it’s a persistent cough, sore muscles or aching joints, a trip to the doctor always does one good. With more than 40% of American adults being obese, it’s no wonder that fitness is so fashionable.

However, whether you’re looking to lose weight, maintain your current body weight, or strengthen your core, don’t neglect your mental health. This is especially true if you’re at risk for emotional or behavioural disorders. Here, we explore why it’s so important and how you can strike a balance.

What is Health?

According to World Health Organization, being healthy means to be physically, mentally and socially well and it's not the absence of disease. Mental well being can in turn affect your physical health and vice versa. So, while you prioritize physical activity, be sure to eat healthy and take time out for self-care as well.

Let Those Endorphins Get to Work

Why do you feel so good after you go for a run? It’s because the body releases endorphins, better known as the feel-good chemicals. When released, these hormones ease symptoms of depression, reduce stress and anxiety and regulate one’s appetite. As a result, engaging in a physical activity can lessen mental fatigue, improve appetite, and increase self-confidence.

Symptoms of low levels of endorphins are:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Aches and pains

  • Struggles with addiction

  • Issues with sleep

  • Acting impulsively

Eat Healthy to Boost Your Body and Mind

Eating nutritious foods will work two-fold by eliminating brain-fog and protecting against certain illnesses. Increasing your intake of Vitamin-D will boost your mood as well as reduce your risk of having a heart-attack. Similarly, Omega-3 fatty acids help with depression and strengthen immunity, possibly also decreasing the chance of getting cancer.

Take Time Out for Self-Care

This is easier said than done. Taking time to do something that relaxes your body, mind and soul is crucial to both physical and mental health. Stress puts the body in a state of fight or flight; this in turn causes the release of stress hormones that increase blood pressure, heart rate, and blood sugar levels. However, indulging in a hobby, or time out with your friends, can undo the damage.

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