QUESTION: Does a healthy mind make a healthy body, or does a healthy body make a healthy mind?
Personally, I think it works both ways; if you don’t keep your brain healthy, your body can’t be healthy and if you have failing health, it would absolutely affect your brain and the way you see yourself.
I was doing a bit of research over the weekend on these thoughts because I had a huge angioedema attack and was feeling a little down in the dumps. I found this site with these Healthy Habits and these thoughts brightened my day a little bit. Have a gander and see what you think!
When you’re truly healthy, you are healthy in your body, mind, and spirit.
· When you are generous to your body, you nourish your body with physical activity, good foods, water, and sleep.
· When you are generous to your mind, you care for your mental and emotional health in ways that reduce your stress, increase your sense of calm, and embrace yourself and your glorious imperfections.
· When you are generous to your spirit, you connect with yourself and others in meaningful ways. One in which you make a habit of taking care of yourself while taking care of others so that you reach your full potential and make the world a better place.
· If you take care of your physical health, practice mindfulness, connect with others and yourself, express gratitude, practice simplicity, and give time and money to causes you care about, your life will naturally unfold as a generous life that is good for you and good for others.
· Being generous with yourself means eating and exercising regularly, finding time for meditation and/or prayer regularly, and taking other actions that nurture and improve your physical, emotional, and spiritual health.
· While taking care of yourself is critical, so is taking care of others. One of your deepest human needs is to make a contribution. At the end of your life, you’re going to look back and ask, “Did my life matter?” And you can answer that question with a resounding “Yes!” when you make a positive impact on the world and improve the lives of others.
· But in order to do that, you must be generous with others and help improve their physical, emotional, and spiritual conditions. You must be generous with the world and work to solve problems at their roots so that fewer people suffer in the future.
· Stay physically active. By keeping your heart, lungs, and blood vessels healthy, exercise helps ensure that all parts of the body, including brain cells, receive the oxygen and nutrients they need.
· Challenge your mind. The old saying “use it or lose it” applies to our brain and muscles alike. “Many new lines of research show that the human brain has much more plasticity than previously thought, and in many ways, it’s like a muscle. Challenging the brain to learn new things -- by reading, taking up a language, doing crossword puzzles, or playing a musical instrument, for example -- can help keep the brain and informational processing in top form and may even reshape brain circuitry.
· Eat a diet abundant in fruits and vegetables. Researchers are only beginning to understand the many healthful components in plant-based foods that help protect against chronic diseases. For a healthy brain, antioxidants such as vitamin C, E, and A may be especially important. Dozens of studies have shown that foods high in antioxidants, such as blueberries and walnuts, slow age-related decline of brain function in laboratory animals.
References: Excerpts from webmd.com and changegangs.com