Physical and Mental Growth

Welcome to where we cover the wide subject of physical, mental and personal growth. On the list of topics we will be including such things as how diet affects both the physical and the mental health of people depending upon a wide variant of factors.

We will also look at how activity and exposure to natural daylight also makes a big difference in a person's overall health. Factors for personal growth such as mind training and mental disciplined thinking, meditation, self-esteem building and ultimately confidence building all have a place here.

Eat, Drink and be Merry

eat drink be merryThe old saying that you should eat, drink and be merry is not such a fanciful phrase when you boil it down to a more real world meaning. Indeed we all should be more aware of what food we eat and make sure we get enough healthy options in our diet.

We should also be aware of our body's level of hydration and drink plenty of water to ensure we stay at the right level. Being merry, or having a predominantly positive, happy and upbeat personality has been proved to bring greater health benefits on both the physical and mental fronts.

So do try and be as happy as you can be. Smile and laugh more because that's just what the doctor ordered! Laughter does indeed banish the blues and is about the best "medicine" you can get!

Be Mindful of the Mind

Your mental state and how it can affect your physical body is an important factor in your overall health. When you think about things whether those things are predominantly light, positive and upbeat or they're heavy, negative and downbeat, the governing state will be reflected in your body's physical state over time.

That's not to say that a bout of dark moodiness will instantly make you sick or a prolonged sense of amusement will make you suddenly jump out of yoru sickbed if you are ill, but the effects are progressive. The longer you hold onto certain kinds of thoughts, the more influence they will have on your physical state.

With this knowledge, you can surely see where really quite dramatic benefits can be gleaned. Rather than allow yourself to be placed in a bad mood, feeling angry, frustrated, resentful or guilty about something that you effectively have little or no control over (such as watching a bad news story on the TV), you can turn your thoughts to happy and uplifting situations that make you feel good.

Positive Thoughts Brings Positive Actions

The beauty of this mode of thinking is that you can do it as much or as little as you want. Obviously, doing it all the time will bring the most dramatic positive results. Of course, it may not be possible to always monitor your thoughts and keep such momentum going especially when others around you will interrupt your flow with their own demands, but the more you do it, the better you will be.

So how does this work? Well, to understand the process, it helps to be aware that there are two major aspects of your mind.

  1. Your conscious mind deals with everyday situations and interacts with the material world, enabling you to rationalize, make decisions and calculations as you require them
  2. Your subconscious mind controls what your body is doing, although it has no capacity to choose or make decisions but it is influenced by your predominant thoughts

When you realize that the subconscious part of the mind is responsible for everything that your body does from keeping your heart beating and your lungs breathing to regulating blood flow and pressure, digestion, immune system, cell creation and everything else besides, then it is clear that when that part of the mind is influenced by certain emotions it will run the body accordingly. That means if you are consciously feeding it thoughts that cause the emotions of resentment and hatred to dominate, then it will carry out the equivalent processes in the body.

Researchers have discovered by testing the perspiration on test subjects' skin that prolonged feelings of resentment and anger actually raise the body's acidity levels, while simultaneously suppressing the immune and digestive systems, retarding cell growth and development.

Yet conversely, when a person experiences prolonged positive emotions such as happiness, joy, excitement, love, contentment etc, the body's acidity levels are lowered, its immune and metabolic processes are enhanced, cell repair and growth increases and the overall physical state is greatly improved. It doesn't take a lot of working out to realize that being in a positive mental state is far better for you than being in a negative one!

Topics such as this and other physical vs. mental aspects as discussed and expanded upon in articles published on this website. So take a look around and see if there's something that interests you!

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