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How to Connect Physical and Mental Health Habits

By Genevieve Cunningham

Health. Most of us hear this word and immediately think of all things physical. We think of heart and lung health. We think of exercise and strong muscles. We think of medicine and doctor visits. But health is a lot more than that. Our overall health touches everything in our lives. For most people, good health covers both the mind and the body. But for some reason, it's easier to focus solely on the physical aspects. What about mental health? How do we make mental health habits that stick? We connect them! If you're looking to improve your health in an overall fashion, take a look at these tips for connecting mental and physical health habits starting now.

Connect Them in Your Schedule

Sometimes the best way to make something really happen is to schedule it. If you're going to the gym to get in a workout, plan to get in a five-minute meditation beforehand. If you like to do yoga early in the morning, get in a few minutes of peace and quiet before you begin. Do a few minutes of writing in your journal before your after-dinner walk. Linking your physical and mental health habits can help you create a system that you can actually stick with long-term.

Give Them the Same Priority

We too often give physical health the top priority. While it's definitely important to prioritize your physical health, mental health should share the pedestal. You have to understand that your health is not linear -- it's round. If you want good physical health, you have to include mental health habits. And if you want good mental health, you should also include physical health habits. Give them both top priority, and you'll have better balance in your health and life as a whole. 

See Professionals

If you're serious about physical health, you might consider seeing a personal trainer or visiting an exercise class. And if you're willing to see a professional for your physical health, you should be willing to see a professional for your mental health as well. Seek out a therapist or psychologist. Get a plan of action for both aspects of your health. Getting professional help is a bold move, and it's one we should celebrate! Get the help you need so that you can live the life you want moving forward.

If you want overall good health, you have to factor in both mental and physical wellness. It's not enough to work out. It's not enough to see your therapist. You need both! Use these tips to connect the two aspects of your health together to help create the healthiest body and life moving forward. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Pasadena, Calif.

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