The mental and the physical are ultimately two sides of the same coin – and both are equally important. Your mental and physical wellbeing are inextricably linked. There are countless physiological processes that influence cognition and mood – in the same way that your mindset and mental health can have a direct impact on your heart health, gut health, pain tolerance, physical strength, coordination, and countless other processes.
Even today, researchers haven’t fully exhausted the topic of the mind-and-body connection, and all the ways our mindset can affect our health, and vice versa.
The link between the mind and the body is equal parts terrifying and inspiring – and understanding the ways in which both your mind and your body play a role in each other’s health can give you a greater appreciation for both, and the importance of balancing your physical health with your mental wellness – especially in long-term recovery.