By Gerard A. Turner
If research has taught us anything in recent years, it is the ever-evolving relationship between the mind and body.
Now as we began to more closely examine our own emotional health and its effects on our bodies, a clearer picture begins to emerge. By becoming more aware of our thoughts and feelings in direct relation to our health, everything from our work and home environment to our personal and professional relationships takes on a new significance in our lives.
As so often has been stated, awareness is key and simply by noticing our state of mind at any given moment we can begin to take the necessary steps to improve our emotional health, lowering the risks to our physical well-being that are often associated with stress and anxiety such as fatigue, high blood pressure, and ulcers.
Indeed, it is important to first identify and understand our emotions and why we may be having them.
Then, most certainly, finding constructive and productive ways to express our feelings is also very important. It is when the negative feelings begin to keep one from enjoying life that one should definitely speak with a doctor.
Depression, in all of its forms, may not be as easy to detect as some might think, so we should all be prepared to take advantage of counseling and treatment offered by the healthcare organizations in our communities.
Focusing on the positive things in our lives, exercising, and finding ways to relax are some simple ways to vastly improve our emotional and physical health and are applicable to any age group.
Remember, for good emotional health, it is important to take care of our bodies. By eating healthy and not abusing drugs and alcohol, we give ourselves a great shot at the emotional and physical well-being we all desire.
Gerard A. Turner is Health & Wellness Correspondent for the James A. Watson Wellness Center, 5709 Market St. in Oakland.