Building Mental Health Through Physical Well-Being
An increasingly common problem that has been gaining ground in recent decades is the lack of physical and mental well-being. The cause of this lack can be attributed to multiple factors, such as the advent of social media (which involves an increase in the release of dopamine in our body, which causes a lack of attention and concentration loss), the incredible development of fast food and unhealthy foods (which push the individual not to eat healthy) and the Covid-19 pandemic, which has led to an increase in physical inactivity and depression and other psychological illnesses.
Our physical and mental well-being are two connected factors, which must be developed in parallel, one next to the other. Maintaining good physical health can have a significant impact on mental health. Regular physical exercise is known to improve symptoms of anxiety and depression, reduce stress and increase overall mood. Physical exercise increases the release of endorphins in the brain, which helps to relieve tension in the body and increase mood. Similarly, maintaining good mental health can also have a positive impact on our physical health: feeling good about ourselves can increase our desire to be more active and engage more in our relationships with friends or family…conversely, when you have poor mental well-being it is very difficult to continue developing physical well-being (for example, when someone is nervous, he tends to eat more junk foods). Once you understood the relationship between mental and physical well-being, now it’s your time to start developing it.
Author: Andrea Monsalina, IIS Guarasci-Calabretta student (JUMP Team)