Wholly Fit: Understanding Physical And Mental Wellness

We are always engrossed with the idea that we wanted to be in control.  At least, that’s what we think our brain is telling the body.  Our thoughts may influence our bodies in some ways and mutually, but that’s not always the case.  In fact, our body does some activities that the brain can’t interfere with. The body sometimes wants to be free and decide for itself, especially if it’s for our life and mental health.

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Physical and mental wellness is necessary for us to be fit.  Just like how they send each other signals to know how each should be functioning, feeling, or naturally solving the problems with the help of one another.  The brain and the body do not exist for itself alone but work as a team.


The Body Can Controls Itself

Not all WILL agree, but our body can think for itself.   Not everything that the body does is controlled by the brain.  Imagine your brain commanding your heart, “Hey stop pumping out blood.”  Will your heart follow? No.

The same way that it can never control our heart from beating or our stomach from digesting our food.

Flexibility with the routine is good for you mentally, as it encourages a broad definition of what it means to be active and fit. And it’s good for you physically, because different modalities of exercise target unique muscle groups and emphasize particular facets of fitness such as speed, flexibility, or mental focus. — Deborah R. Glasofer Ph.D.

Heart Cause The Brain To Make Movements

In one of the newest researches done by Stanford University, they found how the heart cause some actions in the brain.  With the use of their latest technology, amplified MRI (combination of pulsometer, MRI, and an algorithm which was developed by people at MIT), researchers were able to observe the brain closely.  It revealed the small motion in the brain up close as the blood is pumped in.

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Brain And Body Connection

For a moment, you may be able to hold your breathing if the brain wants to.   You may be able to prevent yourself from going to the toilet for a while.  But can your brain boss your body to do that for long?  Of course not.  In fact, the longer you try to control such bodily activities the more pain or ache you will feel, the more your body will suffer.  And then you’ll get sick and be dead.

Most insight therapy experts say that the brain and body are connected, that each can influence one another, either in a positive or negative way.

Exercise is well known to stimulate the body to produce endorphins and enkephalins, the body’s natural feel-good hormones which can make problems seem more manageable. The simple act of focusing on exercise can give us a break from current concerns and damaging self-talk. — Sarah Gingell Ph.D.

Our brain may be up there but does not work alone.  The brain does the thinking, process things, and make decisions.   But it can change the decision made, the thoughts that had been processed depending on several external factors and the information the body is feeding it.

The body will never make it on its own, neither does the brain.  The body and the brain need one another to perform their responsibilities flawlessly.  No one should be in control.  Each must positively influence and support one another.  Very much like when you are in a relationship.  No one should be above the other or else it would be chaos.

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The brain receives constant messages from the body. The sensory receptors called proprioceptors, which are located with the muscles and tendons, provide information to the brain about the location of specific body parts in space, as well as muscle tension and length. — Pirkko Markula Ph.D.

When The Brain Boss Around

Sweets are addictive.  Frequently putting too many sweets into our mouth can affect our brain, very similar to how recreational drugs like cocaine and meth produce so much dopamine that makes us feel good, euphoric, and blissful.  And because sugar ingested causes the brain to produce more dopamine that makes the body feel good, the body would want more.  But the feel-good thing is just a temporary emotion.  For when the imbalance in the production of dopamine occurs in the brain, it could cause negative moods like anxiety, irritability, and even cravings.

With too much sugar, our body can experience a sugar crash.  That then could result not just in anxiety, but a worse medical condition such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and more.  And all this is related to the unhealthy diet.


Changing Your Thinking Pattern Can Help Change Eating Habit

Your eating habits and mental health are linked too. Whatever it is that you put in your mouth affects your thoughts, then your emotions, and that could jeopardize your health.

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Thinking that having a planned diet will be beneficial for your health, and following it, eating healthy foods, and sticking to it can greatly affect your emotion and your cravings.  Once the cravings for unhealthy food is cut off, anxiety, depression, and other negative feelings will lessen until it’s gone and is replaced only by positive ones.


If we change what we are feeding our body, then our mind would change the way it thinks.  If we change our perspective on things, the body will adapt, thus, developing positive habits.

BetterHelp can assist you in developing those positive habits. Go online today and check out what they can do for you.

Author: Marie Miguel

Professional Experience Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade; covering a variety of health-related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com/advice. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to target subjects related to anxiety and depression specifically. As an editor, contributor, and writer for over 100 online publications Marie has covered topics related to depression, anxiety, stress, grief, various phobias, and difficult family circumstances. With regular content published on mental health authorities like TheMighty, Yahoo, GoodMenProject, ADAA, CCPA-ACCP, Silverts, AMHCA, etc... Marie has shown both her passion and dedication to discussing & educating topics related to mental health and wellness. With an understanding that there is never too much information and helpful research about mental health in all of its forms, she continues to look for new and creative ways to both start discussions & engage with others about these important topics. Before becoming an online researcher and writer, she worked as an Administrative Executive with different industries namely telecom, security workforce providers, trading companies, exclusive hotel and concierge services. After ten years of working in different industries, she decided to enter the world of freelancing in able to give more time to her precious daughter. Given this opportunity, it helped her discover and realize that she is both capable and passionate about expressing her opinions in creative and influential ways via writing. Education Marie Miguel is a loyalty awardee of St. Paul College where she spent her primary and secondary education. She holds a degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Computer Applications from De La Salle University - College of St. Benilde where she was also on the Dean's List for consecutive semesters during her college years. "My Philosophy on Mental Health & Wellness" It takes passion for being an expert researcher and writer of mental health related topics. Having lived through traumatic experiences in the past, it has become easier to express my opinions and findings I've discovered while researching a variety of situations and subjects. I aim to inspire every person that reads mental health & wellness related articles to provide hope in every struggle; just as my experiences have taught me. Additionally, I strive to contribute to the continual progression of mental health awareness by providing helpful information and significant resources to understand further the importance of keeping a healthy mind and well-being.

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