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Does your physical condition affect your mental state, or does your mindset affect your physical health? As it turns out, it’s a two-way street: our physical state can affect our mental health, and our mental health can affect our physical state. It all comes down to the mind-body connection: the feedback loop between your body and mind. And for optimal health in both, it’s important that we view them not as separate entities, but as interlinked parts of the amazing system that keeps the human body functioning. The first step to achieving optimal health in both is to accept and understand this connection between them – then learning how to use each one to help enhance the other. When we exercise, for instance, our bodies release “happy hormones” that can affect our moods and emotions for the better. As we move, our brainwaves will either be on high alert, or encourage us to relax and slow down, both of which are necessary at times. When we are depressed, anxious, or suffering from other mental health challenges, it can be harder for us to get moving – even if that could be what helps us shift our mindset for the better. And it’s not just movement that affects us: it’s also what we eat; the way we sit, stand or move; the positions we sleep in; and the way we allow our bodies to recover. By strengthening the mind-body connection, and understanding how each part works to help the other, we can develop a better relationship with both – like learning to love our bodies for what they are capable of doing rather than just what they look like, or caring for them in a way that keeps us comfortable and feeling good at every age – for a healthier, longer, and happier life.

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How Living “Bodyfully” Can Make You More Intelligent

The modern world comes with a lot of comforts and technological advances. Yet, for many of us, they have also come with a cost – being distanced or even cut off from the most advanced and intelligent technology we have: that of our own bodies. The separation of mind and body in many cultures has led to a societal precedence of the intellectual mind and its cognitive power, and this is to the detriment of embodied wisdom. Many people believe we can think our way out of a problem, and that math, science, and rationality are more important than emotion, intuition, and our physical reality. Yet all of these things are equally important to our wellbeing, success, and life satisfaction – because the mind and body are not mutually exclusive, and neither are mental and physical health. “Bodyfulness” is a concept proposed by somatic counselor Christine Caldwell, in order to help us tune back into the intelligence of our bodies for the sake of our health, happiness, and collective success.

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When we strive to be healthier, quite often, we picture a robustly healthy body that’s lean and toned. But how often are we reminded that our physical state can affect our mental state (and vice versa) - and that looking like we are in great shape doesn’t always mean we are healthy on the inside… even on a purely physical basis? It can be hard to find the balance between it all. How often should we exercise for optimal health? Do we need to exercise every day? Are there any particular exercises that are better than others, whether it’s for fat loss, muscle gain, or their effect on our mental health? How many rest days should we be taking? Is exercise good for my mental health? Then comes the non-fitness related questions: What can I eat to feel happier? How can I learn to feel more comfortable in my body? What does it mean to be body-confident? How do I cultivate a more positive body image? How can I strengthen my mind-body connection? What is the best way to sleep? How can I reduce back pain while sitting for long periods of time? Is massage good for me? How can the health of my eyes, hearing, or other senses affect my mental and emotional health? The questions we ask could be as endless as the list of amazing things the incredible machine that the human body can do, and we hope to explore as many as possible.

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