We live in a very busy, fast-moving society, and all too often, we are so inundated with everything going on that we forget that there’s more to life than being physically well. It’s easy to focus on the physical aspects of health. They are what you can see and feel every single day. But, there are three aspects to a truly healthy lifestyle, and it’s important not to forget that spiritual and mental health are just as important for your overall well-being as physical health.
Whether you acknowledge it or not, physical and mental health seem to go hand in hand in many cases. For many people, physical health issues can often lead to mental health issues, like depression or anxiety. And, the reverse is also true. People who have suffer from psychological distress often experience physical manifestations of that distress in the form of migraines, nausea, insomnia or aches and pains.
The connections between physical and mental health are obvious, but where does spiritual health fit into overall well-being? You might be surprised to learn that it is a key aspect of both mental and physical health, and the importance of spiritual health is even backed by science. According to The National Cancer Institute, spiritual well-being has been shown to improve quality of life and health in many ways, including decreasing the risks of drug and alcohol abuse, reducing anger, depression and anxiety, decreasing the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease, and, finally, improving the ability to enjoy life, even with an illness.
While mental, spiritual and physical health are all essential aspects of overall health and well-being, life is busy, and it’s all too easy to brush your mental and spiritual needs aside. But, just as your physical well-being requires the right nutrition and exercise, your physical and mental well-being also requires time and energy. Luckily, practicing yoga can help with all three. It’s easy to understand how yoga is beneficial for your physical self, as it helps to build strength and flexibility and improves posture, but how does yoga benefit you on a mental or spiritual level?
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