4 physical health tips that can also lift your emotional health

I expect you’re already pretty aware of many of the life-style factors that affect the health of your heart. You’ll know how much sense it makes to eat and drink more of the right things and less of the wrong. You’ll be aware that smoking isn’t the most helpful of vices to have. Too much stress is bad for your heart. Exercise is good for it. And so on, and so on.


We take for granted the fact that we need to adopt a holistic ‘whole body’ approach when it comes to cardiac conditioning: so why isn’t it always as obvious to us that our emotional wellbeing can be every bit as much influenced by our all-round physical health?

While it may be an overclaim to suggest that depression can be somehow ‘cured’ by adopting a healthy lifestyle, it certainly does no harm to take care of your body if you want to take care of your mind.

Eat healthily. I’m sure you know what’s good for you and what isn’t.

Drink sensibly. This means alcohol only in moderation (if it’s your thing) but plenty of glasses of water.

Exercise regularly. Every little helps. This doesn’t necessarily commit you to a gym membership, but it does mean walking whenever you can. A little faster than usual is always a good thing.

Aim to get a good night’s sleep. I know this is not easy for many, but it may help to start winding down a good hour before bedtime, to avoid caffeine in the evening, to eat at least two hours before retiring, and as far as possible to aim for consistent going-to-bed and getting-up times.

Your body and mind are intimately connected. Look after one and you’ll also be taking care of the other.

6 thoughts on “4 physical health tips that can also lift your emotional health

  1. For what it’s worth, as a post menopausal woman, I have found that both caffeine and alcohol (as much as I love them both) have a depressing effect on my mood once I ‘come down’ from the initial high. During periods when I have neither, my mood is much more steady and my energy levels are more even throughout the day (both caffeine and alcohol affect my sleep patterns – even if I have them in quite small quantities).

    That is not to say that either caffeine or alcohol are completely responsible for either my depressive or anxious episodes but they certainly don’t help.

    Not everyone is affected in the same way by caffeine or alcohol but it could be worth giving them up and just seeing if that makes any difference to your mood or energy levels.

    Just a further note, if you are a regular caffeine drinker and have been for a while, giving up can cause you to feel quite ill with withdrawal symptoms including headaches and fatigue – it is worth waiting this withdrawal period out before deciding whether giving up has a positive effect in the long run.

  2. As a full time caregiver for a dear friend who had a massive stroke and cannot speak, is paralyzed on the right side and has no family to help at all, I’m stressed beyond belief and have taken o more than I realized, thank you for any help in this most stressful situation. I don’t know how to resolve so just taking one day at a time and most importantly pray

  3. Your comments are very valid as always Jon.
    One small comment I would like to add, is if you are considering making health changes then please don’t do them all at once and please don’t make them difficult.
    Making life changes compared to temporary changes, take time and will work overtime not immediately.
    Change one poor food item to a healthy one, walk a little further or more often.
    Don’t join a gym, (if you are not going to maintain it or go on a diet). Small changes overtime are best.
    These changes will help in the long term and will generally be easier to maintain. Don’t expect quick results and you will be pleasantly surprised.
    Work on your body as well as your mind after all you need them both to be healthy!

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