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3 Reasons to Focus on Mental Health First

By Genevieve Cunningham

If you're on a quest for better health, you may be wondering where to begin. Should you start by radically changing your diet? Maybe you should throw out all the junk food and fill your refrigerator with kale. Or maybe you should start by joining the new fitness class at your local gym. Or maybe, just maybe, you shouldn't do either of those things. Maybe the best way to begin a journey toward better health is to focus on the mind. If you're anxious to begin living a healthier lifestyle, take a look at why you should focus on mental health first for the most success

Because Your Mind Affects Mood

Mental health is one of the biggest contributors to your mood -- whether that mood is good or bad. When you're feeling mentally unhealthy, you're more likely to feel depressed, agitated, or unmotivated. When you improve your mental health, you're more likely to feel content, energetic, and excited about the possibilities. If you want to feel good through your better health quest, mental health as the first step is a no-brainer.

Because Physical Health Follows

Once you get your mood under control, the physical health generally follows. Why? Because a good mood makes it easier to exercise. It makes it easier to resist binge eating. It makes it easier to stay active in general. If you focus on mental health, you're going to feel better about where you're at currently, and you're going to feel better about making changes. The key is to be patient. Mental health improvements take time, and so do physical health changes. Stick with it, and the positive benefits will happen.

Because Mental Health Affects Quality of Life

Even if you never make another improvement toward physical health, your life would still improve with better mental health. Your perspective is everything, and only good mental health can keep your perspective positive. It can keep you looking on the bright side of things, or at the very least, it can help you see the silver lining. If your biggest goal is a happy life, good mental health is absolutely the place to begin. 

If better health is the goal, why not focus on the most important aspect first? Your mind! Improve the way that you feel about yourself and your life, and making improvements becomes so much easier. With the right approach, you can improve every aspect of your health for long-term health and happiness starting today.

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

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