It’s no secret how important your mental health is but do you know why? We’re going back to the basics to educate you on the power of your beautiful mind.

Your mental health impacts your physical and emotional health

There’s a reason your mood, eating, and sleeping habits are all impacted when you’re not feeling your best. It’s because there is a strong connection between your mental and physical health. It’s why you might find the following habits to be true for you when you’re stressed:

  • You’re an emotional eater, or you stop eating altogether.
  • You have a hard time sleeping or want to stay in bed all day.
  • You can’t seem to control your emotions, or you don’t feel many emotions at all; you simply move through the day on auto pilot.

When you are physically and emotionally strong and balanced, it boosts your productivity and effectiveness in your everyday life. To be emotionally and physically strong, you need to have your mental well-being in place.

Your mental health determines your overall outlook on life

If you broke your leg or sprained your ankle, would you avoid going to the doctor? I would hope not. Most of us will do what we can to physically feel our best. So why do we neglect our mental health?

Life can be hard. We’ve all experienced pain, heartache, and stress but we can’t afford to ignore our mental wounds and sprains. No matter what you’re going through, I encourage you to seek help and healing through therapy, counseling or something as simple as an honest conversation with a friend. Whatever you do, don’t neglect your mind.

What you can do to improve your mental health

  1. Move your body

When you exercise, your body releases endorphins which are stress-relieving hormones that take away the pressure from your mind and put you in a good mood. Think about how you feel when you’re playing a sport you enjoy or practicing a hobby like roller blading, running, biking or even walking. These are all great ways to release stress, get your blood flowing and improve your mood.

  1. Eat Whole Foods

A nutrient-dense diet will fuel your body and nourish your brain. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables promote a healthy gut, which is essential to the production of signals like serotonin and dopamine which regulate your mood and emotions.

  1. Take breaks and give yourself grace

It’s easy to get wrapped up in our daily schedules to the point that we forget to make time for ourselves to rest and recharge. We’re conditioned to work eight or more hours a day, but our minds were never designed to go long periods of time without breaks. This is why it’s important to step away from your daily grind to make time for activities that you enjoy.

The more you know about your mental health, the easier it will be to maintain it. Follow Keys’ social media platforms for more tips and tricks on health, wellness, nutrition and mindfulness.

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