Mind-body wellness focuses on connections between the brain, mind, body and behavior, and the powerful ways in which emotional, mental, social, spiritual and behavioral factors can directly affect physical and mental well-being. The idea of mind-body wellness respects and enhances each person’s capacity for self-knowledge and self-care. Some aspects of mind-body wellness include yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and health/nutrition.
These practices have been proven to help with:
- Interpersonal Difficulties
- Everyday stressors
- Overall mental health functioning
Yoga is a mind and body practice that originated with Ancient Indian philosophy. The various styles of yoga typically combine physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation, or relaxation.
Meditation is a mind and body practice that creates a state of relaxation for individuals. Meditation mostly originated in ancient religious and spiritual traditions. Some forms of meditation require the individual to become mindful of thoughts, feelings, and sensations by observing them in a nonjudgmental way.
Mindfulness is a practice that involves paying non-judgmental attention to our experiences in the present moment to achieve self-awareness and relaxation. Studies suggest that mindfulness practices may help people manage stress, cope with serious illness, and reduce anxiety and depression. Many people who practice report an increased ability to relax, a greater enthusiasm for life, and improved self-esteem.
Exercise and eating healthy are key components of mind-body wellness. These activities not only contribute to physical health, but also, positive mental health.