The connection between mind and body is well-established. Individuals who have a positive outlook in life tend to be healthier overall. When you see the glass half-full, the universe will conspire to bring you mostly good things. It is why you look at some people and wonder how they can be so lucky.
But there is a science behind it. Even John Hopkins Medicine acknowledged that positive thinking could impact your health. For instance, individuals with a family history of heart disease are 33% less likely to experience a heart attack.
For years, molecular biologists have been trying to study the structure of molecules to find new treatments for multiple diseases. And it is not an easy process. They have to measure the molecules (two or more fused atoms) using the method called XRD, so they can understand how the particles are built, how they interact, and their functions.
However, changing your mindset can drastically improve your physical health. But life has a way of throwing a wrench on your well-laid plans.
Nevertheless, here are some tips on how you can improve your mood:
- Stay Away from your gadgets. Most of us are tethered to our expensive smartphones. It seems you cannot get anything done these days without a device. However, a study published in 2018 linked social media uses with anxiety and depression. It is not to say that you throw away your phone, but cutting back on its use would do wonders for your mood.
- Keep away from addiction triggers. Behavioral addiction is a significant problem in the United States. People take them for granted because they do not realize the dangers. Addiction to gambling, computer games, cigarettes, sex, shopping, the Internet, and even Bitcoin pose a genuine threat to your mental health. Other forms of behavioral addictions are plastic surgery, binge eating, and risky activities.
- Steer clear of toxic relationships. A toxic relationship is a constant source of stress. And as you know, stress is a killer, as it has been linked to various ailments like cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, and obesity, among others. There are ways to know if you are in a toxic relationship:
- You feel emotionally drained
- You feel controlled, or the need to control
- Lack of support
- Endless drama
- No communication
- Lack of trust
- Know your limits. There is something to be said about being content. Society always applauds ambition, competitiveness, and wealth. It is not to say that you drop out of life altogether, but you need to know your capabilities so that you do not bite off more than you can chew. Zen teachings always put a premium on the value of contentment. Being at peace with yourself is not about settling. Of course, you need to improve your life, your behavior, and your relationships with others, but being content with what life has given you. The journey is as important as your goal.
- Trick your mind into being optimistic. You might have heard the saying, “fake it ‘till you make it?” You can trick your brain into seeing the positive side of things. Soon, you will develop the habit of trying to be happy. You can do this by changing your tone into a more jovial sound when engaging in conversations. You should laugh or smile often, or mingle with friends who have a positive attitude.
You might say that changing your mindset is easier said than done. But improving your mood is essential to having a healthier body. You take care of your behavior, and your body will follow. In the same vein, you should take care of your body, too, to boost your mental health.