How your health affects your mood

By M.Farouk Radwan, MSc.

How your health affects your mood

Am pretty sure you know that your mood does affect your health. This is one reason why close ones tell you to take it easy when you become too sad. It happens often that a person gets some kind of an illness a result of bad and unwanted emotions.

But do you know that your health affects your mood as a well?
Do you remember the last time you got a cold?
Am pretty sure you were feeling really bad, right?

The mind and the body keep exchanging messages all the time. The mind affects the body and the body affects the mind as well in a loop that never ends.

Do you remember the last time you woke up feeling very irritated because you didn't sleep well?
The fact that your overall physical health wasn't really good as a result of lack of sleep contributed directly to the bad mood you experienced. See also Feeling bad when waking up.

What emotions really are

One of the theories attempting to explain emotions said that they are the feelings we get when certain physical changes happen in our bodies. This means that you could be feeling sad or stressed because some physical changes have happened to your body.

Whether it's irritation in your stomach or a certain muscle ache those physiological changes could be the reason why your mood sometimes change. If you noticed the changes happening to your body during any kind of bad emotion then probably you will notice that some physiological changes have happened to your body as well.

Do you remember the last time you binged?
When you eat too much food you might start feeling a little sick. When this happens your mood is going to change as a result due to the direct feedback between your body and mind.

This is also one reason why you sometimes feel really good after exercise. The fact that blood flow improves a great deal after exercising is one of the reasons why exercising can improve the mood.

So what's the moral of the story?
Take care of your body and your body will take care of your mood. This doesn't mean that you will never feel bad but it only means that you can avoid many bad moods by taking the right actions. See also Getting a bad mood for no reason

How to feel good

Now that you know those facts it's time to know how you can prevent the bad moods that result from physiological changes.

  • 1) Sleep well: Deal with all kind of sleep related problems you are currently suffering from. Not only you will wake up feeling more energetic but your mood will improve a great deal. See Why can't i sleep at night anymore
  • 2) Eat well: When you eat healthy food your overall health will improve and so your mood will follow. Avoid over eating for that can ruin the mood almost instantly. See How to develop good habits

  • 3) Listen to your body: When you feel tired you must stop whatever you are doing. Don't over stress yourself and don't put more pressure on your body than what it can handle. Always remember that when your body feels well you will feel well as well
  • 4) Exercise: You probably know about the numerous health benefits of exercise but the point that concerns me here is the great mood you will experience when your body gets into a good health.

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