Is There a Connection Between Mental and Physical Health?

Amit Kakar

Avalon Pharmacy

Yucca Valley, California

May 1, 2023

My experience as a pharmacist over the past 24 years has shown me that there is a clear connection between mental and physical health. It has been shown and studied that being active and exercising can greatly reduce the risk of depression, anxiety, and overall health concerns. Being active increases our energy levels, leads us to eat healthier, and helps us make better health decisions. 

As we stay active, we also surround ourselves with active people who encourage us to make good decisions regarding our health. This cycle, whether we realize it or not, has a positive effect on our thinking and our mindset. Your mindset is the key to having a healthy mental state.

The foods that we eat can also affect our mental state. The best way to feel good is to put the right foods into your body. If you stay active, you are more likely to nurture your body with healthy foods, which can benefit your mental health.

A healthy mental state is a mental state in which we focus on positive thoughts and try not to get caught up in negative self-talk. Negative self-talk may still occur; however, maintaining a healthy mental state makes it easier to move past negative self-talk and replace it with words of affirmation.

If you focus on staying active, eating well, and positive self-talk, your entire mental health will reap the benefits.

The views and opinions expressed above are those of the author and do not necessarily represent that of AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation. The content is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, prescribe or treat any health condition and should not be used as a substitute for consulting with your health professional.

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