Physical health is connected to mental and emotional health. Taking care of your body is a powerful first step towards mental and emotional health. When you improve your physical health, you’ll automatically experience greater mental and emotional well-being. For example, exercise not only strengthens our heart and lungs, but also releases endorphins, powerful chemicals that energize us and lift our mood.
The activities you engage in and the daily choices you make affect the way you feel physically and emotionally. In order to maintain and strengthen your mental and emotional health, it’s important to pay attention to your own needs and feelings. If you take care of yourself, you’ll be better prepared to deal with challenges if and when they arise.
Taking care of yourself includes pursuing activities that naturally release endorphins and contribute to feeling good. In addition to physical exercise, endorphins are also naturally released when we do things that positively impact others, practice self-discipline, learn or discover new things, manage stress levels, limit unhealthy mental habits like worrying, and make time for contemplation and appreciation.
What you can do: The new year is a great time to take an inventory of your mental and emotional well-being. Are there changes you want to make to your behavior or habits that can help you reduce stress and be happier? Make a list. Start small and move on to bigger challenges. Feed your body well. Exercise. Get an adequate amount of sleep.
At Crucial Four, we believe strongly in the mind:body connection. There are many herbs and plants known for helping calm the mind, bring focus, and improve mood. We’ll discuss those here as well. Our goal is to showchase ways we can help you build your best you.