Taking care of your body is a powerful first step towards mental and emotional health. The mind and the body are linked. When you improve your physical health, you’ll automatically experience greater mental and emotional well-being. For example, exercise not only strengthens our heart and lungs, but also releases endorphins, powerful chemicals that energise us and lift our mood.
The same applied in reverse when your emotional health is not balanced it affects your body. Dr Selye the father of stress observed that patients suffering from different diseases often exhibited identical signs and symptoms. They just “looked sick”. This observation may have been the first step in his recognition of “stress”.
Scientists are finding more and more proof of the remarkable way our emotions can affect our immune system. Dr Martin Seligman, PhD, author of the new book Flourish “the data has grown year after year, and it’s become a scientific certainty”. Scientist now understand that negative feelings like stress, sadness, and worry cause a spike in the hormone cortisol, which in turn suppresses the immune system.