Use Your Body to Boost Your Mental Health

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There are three great ways to use your body to boost your mental health. Discover how you can do it at HealthyPlace.

Mental health is a full-body experience. Just as symptoms of any mental health condition aren’t “in your head,” optimizing our mental health isn’t confined to the head, either. You can use your body in different ways to benefit your brain and support and boost your mental health. Think in terms of nutrition, movement, and sensory input.

What you put into your body helps power your brain. Your body needs nutrients from foods to make mood-regulating neurotransmitters like serotonin. Eating healthy foods, including lean meats, legumes, eggs, whole grains, vegetables and fruits provides your brain with what it needs to operate properly.

How you move your body matters, too. Research shows you can improve your mental health through exercise. Exercise affects our hormone levels, increasing feel-good, mood-enhancing hormones like endorphins and regulating the production of stress hormones. Gentle movements like yoga or general stretching help release muscle tension and facilitate healthy circulation of blood to the brain.

Tuning into your body’s sensory organs (your eyes, ears, nose, skin, and tongue) is another powerful way to use the body to positively impact your mental health. The practice of mindfulness allows people to tune into their senses and focus attention onto the present moment rather than on racing or negative thoughts and emotions.

Gradually develop healthy habits around using your body to nurture your mental health. Start by adding one pleasurable experience to your daily life, and gradually add more as you seek to incorporate nutrition, movement, and mindfulness into your plan for a mentally healthy life.

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2022, March 15). Use Your Body to Boost Your Mental Health, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 20 from

Last Updated: March 15, 2022

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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