Existential Psychology

Take Care Of Your Body

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If you’re struggling with mental or emotional issues and you’re not taking care of your body through healthy eating and daily exercise you’re not giving yourself much of a chance. It’s astounding how many people have a major complaint on the psychological side of things without realizing that the psychological and the physical are inextricably intertwined, that what happens to one affects the other.

You might think that you’re not exercising and that you’re eating poorly because you’re feeling bad but it’s just as likely that you’re feeling bad because you’re not exercising and you’re not eating healthy. It’s a two-way street. When you make your body feel good what tends to happen is that you feel good, you approach the same set of circumstances with a more positive outlook.

Everyone wants a quick fix, and although that’s not usually possible, improving your diet and starting an exercise regimen is something you can implement right away. The route of increased insight and changed circumstances works but it takes a lot of time, months or sometimes even years. Why not start with something that is fully within your locus of control right this instant? No matter how bad you are feeling, you still retain the power to choose a course of action as you see fit, and you can choose the behaviors of treating your body really well through exercise and a healthy diet.