WHY ARE YOU ASKING ME ABOUT MY DIET, EXERCISE, AND SLEEP HABITS? WHAT DO THESE HAVE TO DO WITH MENTAL HEALTH?
An increasing numbers of credible scientific studies point to the importance of overall physical wellness to support mental health. This makes sense when you consider that the brain is the seat of human cognitive function and is tied in with other systems of the body including the body’s systemic nervous system (notably the autonomic nervous system which contains the fight/flight sympathetic subsystem; the rest/digest parasympathetic nervous system; and the newly discovered enteric nervous system). Our emotions exist in our heads, our hearts and our guts thus making the mind-body connection incontrovertible.