Difference Between Physical And Emotional Health

Physical And Emotional Health: What’s The Difference?

Difference Between Physical And Emotional Health

Difference Between Physical And Emotional Health

 

There’s an intimate link between your emotional health and your physical well-being (and vice versa), so take time to nurture both.

To be completely healthy, you should take care not only of your physical health but your emotional and spiritual  health, too. If one is neglected, the other will suffer. Just like physical health, mental health can affect motivation, energy level, and other daily functioning tasks.

What Is Physical Health And Emotional Health

Physical Health – Physical wellness promotes proper care of our bodies for optimal health and functioning. There are many elements of physical wellness that all must be cared for together. Overall physical wellness encourages the balance of physical activity, nutrition, and mental well-being to keep your body in top condition.

Ways To Maintain Physical Health

  • Engage in physical activity every day for 30 minutes. You may break up your daily 30 minutes into 10 minutes bouts. High Intensity Interval training (HIIT) has been proven to increase growth of new brain cells!
  • Use stairs instead of the elevator or escalator and walk whenever possible.
  • Learn to recognize warning signs when your body begins feeling ill.
  • Eat a variety of healthy foods and control your meal portions.
  • Maintain a regular sleep schedule (weekdays and weekends) and get between 7-9 hours of sleep each night.

Emotional Health – is an important part of overall health. People who are emotionally healthy are in control of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. They are able to cope with life’s challenges. …Emotionally healthy people still feel stress, anger, and sadness. But they know how to manage their negative feelings.

People Who Are Mentally Healthy Have:adult aerobics backlit

  • A sense of contentment
  • A zest for living and the ability to laugh and have fun.
  • The ability to deal with stress and bounce back from adversity.
  • A sense of meaning and purpose, in both their activities and their relationships.
  • The flexibility to learn new things and adapt to change.
  • A balance between work and play, rest and activity, etc.
  • The ability to build and maintain fulfilling relationships.
  • Self-confidence and high self-esteem.

How Emotions Can Affect Your Health

Your body responds to the way you think, feel, and act. This is one type of “mind/body connection.” When you are stressed, anxious, or upset, your body reacts in a way that might tell you that something isn’t right. For example, you might develop high blood pressure or a stomach ulcer after a particularly stressful event, such as the death of a loved one.

On the other hand, when you improve your physical health, you’ll automatically also experience greater mental and emotional well-being.

Tips For Improved Health

  1. Express Yourself In Appropriate Ways – If feelings of stress, sadness, or anxiety are causing physical problems, keeping these feelings inside can make you feel worse.
  2. Live A Balanced Life – Focus on the things that you are grateful for in your life. Try not to obsess about the problems at work, school, or home that lead to negative feelings. This doesn’t mean you have to pretend to be happy when you feel stressed, anxious, or upset. It’s important to deal with these negative feelings, but try to focus on the positive things in your life, too
  3. Calm Your Mind And Body –  use relaxation methods, such as meditation, listening to music or yoga.
  4. Take Care Of Yourself – To have good emotional health, it’s important to take care of your body by having a regular routine for eating healthy meals, getting enough sleep, and exercising to relieve pent-up tension. Avoid overeating and don’t abuse drugs or alcohol.
  5. Balance Stress Levels – Stress takes a heavy toll on mental and emotional health, so it’s important to keep it under control. While not all stressors can be avoided, stress management strategies can help you brings things back into balance.

The Physical And Emotional Health Takeaway

Poor physical health can lead to an increased risk of developing mental health problems. Similarly, poor mental health can negatively impact on physical health, leading to an increased risk of some conditions. Total health depends on a healthy mind and body. Take time to nurture both.

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About the Author Dr. Christine Sauer

Dr. Christine Sauer, MD,ND(Ger), INHC, is a German-trained conventional as well as naturopathic physician, a Certified Brain Health Expert and Coach and a Certified Integrative Nutrition Holistic Health Coach. Through her own journey from successful owner of a large practice in Germany through the abyss of mental and physical health to complete recovery she discovered her unique process to help her clients achieve lasting health and wellness. Her mission is to change the world for the better, one life at a time. Her hobbies are science, learning new things, cooking, gardening and her backyard chickens and dogs.

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