The old adage of people being what they eat is now regularly proven in scientific studies. Many foods and beverages are known to be either good or bad for human bodies. This ideology is now expanded to include people being what they think as well. Negative mental states, stress and psychiatric disorders affect people in many ways.
Good Mental Health Reduces Inflammation Markers
Physical stress of exercise is good for the heart, but mental stress is not. Mental stress is associated with heightened levels of inflammatory chemicals in the blood that lead to disease. Elevated levels of C-reactive protein and homocysteine caused by psychological stress are associated with heart disease.
A Healthy Mindset Aids in Physical Recovery
Faster recovery times and better outcomes are associated with maintaining a positive yet realistic mindset. Instead of thinking the worst is bound to happen, look for the best opportunities instead.
Depression Leads to Poor Lifestyle Choices
Untreated clinical depression leads to withdrawal from positive life opportunities and further indulgence in unhealthy habits. Treating depression on one’s own often leads to overeating, lack of exercise, excessive alcohol intake and use of tobacco. Getting professional treatment for depression frees the mind to choose healthier options even though they require more effort and will to complete.
Healthy Social Lives and Healthy Bodies
Healthy social and family contacts are associated with healthier bodies. It is much easier to be socially desirable to friends, family, coworkers and potential mates when people see a positive healthy outlook. Good mental health improves the ability to develop strong social bonds.
Laughter Relieves Stress
The ability to laugh is not uniquely human. Primates have a vocalization similar to human laughter. Rats vocalize a frequency beyond human hearing range when playing or being tickled. Dogs have a vocalization thought to be similar to laughter that makes other dogs calm and want to play when recordings of it are played. Human laughter is a huge stress reliever. Healthy minds are more capable of finding joyful things to laugh about that relieve psychological stress acting as a disease preventative.
Self-Esteem and Physical Health
A poor self-image often leads to self-treatment behaviors that reduce emotional pain. Self-treatment behaviors include overeating, alcohol abuse, drug use, tobacco use or a combination of these behaviors. Any of them lead to poor physical health. No one should have low self-esteem, and it is treatable. A proper self-esteem leads people to care for their own bodies, and that leads to better overall health.
The mind and body connection is undeniable. Poor physical health is associated with a corresponding severity of mental health disorders. It is vitally important to fix the mind to improve physical health. Consider counseling to deal with depression or anxiety that could alter impact your mental health.
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