Like many other phrases which have anything to do with health and fitness, a healthy body making for a healthy mind as well, has become quite the cliché, but its essence doesn’t have to be lost to those who could truly benefit from its practice. A healthy body is indeed a healthy mind, but it doesn’t mean that if you lead an active lifestyle then that’s all you need in order to account for a healthy mind too.
It could never be that easy, could it?
Reading the natural cues
As much as you’ll need to actively pursue the channels with which taking care of your physical health benefits your mind as well, the body does indeed give you some cues you can use as guidelines. One such cue is that of how you somewhat “miraculously” feel rejuvenated and refreshed when instead of taking a nap you decide to rather hit the gym for a quick cardio session or you take a walk outside for some fresh air.
Another one of these cues is more of an indicative one, which has you feeling physically tired when all you’ve been doing is perhaps something like thinking the whole day, as you would do working an office job. When your mind is tired your whole body is physically tired too and it is this connection between the mental and physical states which should be drawn on.
The proactive approach
Normally when you’re exercising your body physically you don’t engage the mind enough for it to constitute mental exercise as well, but there’s a smart way of conducting physical exercise so that your mind is engaged as well and stays sharp too. Try memorising your exercise routine, especially if it’s one which changes every so often. And after that physically and mentally demanding session, focus solely on brain exercises while completely relaxing the body. For example, try to solve riddles while in the sauna.
The reactive approach
As much as a proactive approach to every area of one’s life is encouraged (not just with your health and fitness), what we often find is that it’s not always possible. In fact most of the time we have to take the responsive approach to something like the ill-effects of a specific lifestyle we lead, particularly with regards to how our health is affected. So there will be times when no amount of smart physical activity as described above (proactive approach) can reverse the drainage or damage you suffer mentally.
There will be times when you need some help which is a little bit more of the expert- or specialist-level kind, such as how you can connect with BetterHelp online for some specialist advice on mental health and a whole lot of other related issues.
Never underestimate the sheer power of something as simple as talking about things. It can go a long way, but it’s usually just a starting point to achieving, restoring or maintaining good mental health and fitness to go with good physical health and fitness.