A Healthy Mind Depends On a Healthy Body
How healthy are you? Do you have a positive attitude and look forward to the challenges of life? Do you feel good about yourself and others? Do you act responsibly in work and relationships? When you're have good mental health, you can expect the best out of life. Both your body and your mind work together in a complex system and you need to work to keep the balance in order to sustain good mental health.
Here are some pointers to keep the mind and body healthy:
Don't abuse alcohol or drugs. Many people think that these may make you feel "good" for awhile, but they don't solve any problems. Use all medications as instructed and never use illegal street drugs. Seek help immediately if you have a problem with alcohol or other drugs.
Stop or cut down on smoking. Smoking is known to cause cancer, heart disease and other health problems. And, poor health can lead to stress! Avoid other kinds of tobacco products as well.
Exercise regularly. Exercise is a good way to improve your overall health and also a way to relieve stress. Always consult a physician before beginning an exercise program. There are many exercise programs available, including aerobics, water exercise and organized classes at fitness centers.
Eat the right foods. Eating a well-balanced diet is a great way to maintain good health. Choose foods from the basic food groups and limit your salt, fat and sugar intakes.
Get plenty of rest. You should awake each morning rested and refreshed if you've had the correct amount of sleep. If not, try going to bed earlier. Your body needs adequate rest to rebuild cells and this will help keep your mind healthy as well.
Control your weight. This area can prevent many health problems and help you feel better about yourself. Combine a well-balanced diet with regular exercise to maintain the appropriate weight.
Even people in good mental health sometimes feel "down". But there is no need to suffer. Seek help if your symptoms are severe or long lasting or are affecting your relationships, schoolwork, or physical health. The sooner you seek help, the better! Don't let a treatable problem stand between you and good mental health.