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The Mind-Body Connection: Mental Health Problems and Mind-Body Wellness
Medical science is making remarkable discoveries about the relationship between your state of mind and your mental and physical health. Researchers have found that one function of the brain is to produce substances that can improve your health. Your brain can create endorphins, which are natural painkillers; gamma globulin for fortifying your immune system; and interferon for combating infections, viruses, and even cancer. Your brain can combine these and other substances into a vast number of tailor-made prescriptions for whatever ails you.
The substances that your brain produces depend in part on your thoughts, feelings, and expectations. If your attitude about an illness (or life in general) is negative and you don't have expectations that your condition will get better, your brain may not produce enough of the substances your body needs to heal. On the other hand, if your attitude and expectations are more positive, your brain is likely to produce sufficient amounts of the substances that will boost your body's healing power.
Your physical health also has an impact on your brain's ability to produce substances that affect your mental well-being. An illness or injury that causes long-term physical stress can lead to chemical imbalances in the brain. These imbalances may lead to depression and other mental health problems.
Throughout this year, Community Health Charities has promoted sticking with your new year’s resolution. At this point in the year, your New Year’s resolutions may have fallen by the wayside but do not let this discourage you. Take this opportunity to introduce or reintroduce a positive behavior in your daily routine. Millions of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions, and research confirms that setting a resolution can help get you closer to your goals. One study found that 46 percent of individuals who made resolutions were successful, compared to four percent who wanted to achieve a certain goal and considered it but didn’t actually create a resolution.
Whether your resolution was to quit smoking, lose a few pounds or get more physically active, consider dusting off that healthy resolution you made on January 1st and make it a reality. To help you on your journey, Community Health Charities can easily connect you with the credible and valuable health information of the nation’s most trusted health charities. Click here to access the Tools for Health resource center on the Health Matters at Work® website.
Source: WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise