The mind and body are commonly perceived as separate systems that function independently. The professionals at Boca House sober living for men know the mind and body are intrinsically connected. Understanding this connection is vital to a successful, lifelong recovery. Your body responds to the way you think, feel, and act. Our emotions, feelings, and actions all affect both our emotional and physical health. Taking care of yourself with a healthy sober lifestyle will benefit you in many ways.
Amongst many things, drug and alcohol abuse result in a lack of sleep, depression, anxiety, and anger – all which harm both your mind and body.
Lack of Sleep
Mental and physical fatigue are linked. A lack of sleep is not only physically taxing, but can leave you feeling lethargic, irritable, foggy minded, and experiencing depressive feelings.
A mind experiencing depression starts to take a toll on the body. Pain, discomfort, headaches, impaired circulation, lack of energy are all side effects.
Sometimes misdiagnosed as a little annoyance, a mind experiencing anxiety is overworked, stressed out, and worried. At the same time, your body will experience things like liver reactions, tense muscles, digestion troubles, slowed metabolism, and a weakened immune system.
Anger is so destructive on your physical and mental health that it can become deadly. A mind experiencing anger sends the body into a “fight or flight” mode, which triggers your body to handle a perceived threat. What does this do to your body? You can experience headaches, digestive imbalances, insomnia, depression, high blood pressure, heart attack, migraines, or even stroke.
Poor emotional health weakens your body’s immune system, leading to sickness and infection. Therefore, physical health affects your mental health, and vice versa. Clouding your mind with drugs and alcohol only leads to a decline in your physical health. A clear, competent mind leads to a healthier body and an overall happier lifestyle. The team at Boca House provides you with a safe, secure, supervised, and supportive community. You will see both mental and physical health benefits to living a clean, sober lifestyle.