For CoolSculpting in Phoenix, Bodify is the obvious choice. We are the number one CoolSculpting provider in Arizona (and fourth in the nation), and CoolSculpting is all we do. However, our commitment to the wellness of our patients extends beyond just physical. There is often a distinction made between “mind” and “body,” but when considering mental and physical health, the two should not be considered separate. Poor mental health can negatively take a physical toll on someone, just as poor physical health can lead to an increased risk of mental health problems.
Talking about mental health is important now more than ever. Since 2001, Gallup has surveyed Americans every November about their Health and Healthcare, and asked participants to state whether they would rate their own mental or emotional wellbeing as excellent, good, only fair, or poor. According to the results, “Americans’ latest assessment of their mental health is worse than it has been at any point in the last two decades. Seventy-six percent of U.S. adults rate their mental health positively, representing a nine-point decline from 2019.” And while participants’ ratings of their physical health is on average with the past two decades, there is still a decline in those reporting their physical health as excellent or good.
Lifestyle Factors That Affect Both Physical and Mental Health
All that being said, we thought we’d highlight some of the lifestyle factors that can positively influence the state of both your physical and mental health.
- Exercise: Physical activity is a great way to stay physically healthy and improve mental wellbeing. According to research, exercise stimulates the release and uptake of endorphins in the brain (those feel-good chemicals!).Even a short burst of exercise such as a 10 minute brisk walk or bike ride increases mental alertness, energy, and increases a positive mood. Incorporating daily physical activity ensures that both your body and mind will stay healthy!
- Sleep: Your physical and mental health greatly depend on how well-rested you are, and it comes as no surprise that Americans are notoriously sleep-deprived! The amount of sleep you get can impact your mood, the health of your organs, the strength of your immune system, your ability to learn and make memories, and other bodily functions such as appetite, metabolism, and hormone release. Furthermore, according to Harvard Health, sleep deprivation is significantly linked to mental health issues such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, and ADHD.
- Diet: Proper nutrition and the quality of the food you consume are vital in impacting how you feel both physically and mentally. Obviously we know that eating healthy can have positive physical benefits, but Mental Health MN reports that “Diet is linked to the hippocampus, a key area of the brain involved in learning, memory, and mental health. People with healthy diets have more hippocampal volume than those with unhealthy diets.”
- Stress: Managing your stress can have a big impact on both physical and mental health. Stress is a normal part of life, but too much can wear you down and make you physically ill as well as affect your emotional well-being. When you’re stressed, your body releases chemicals that cause increases in blood pressure, heart rate, breathing, blood flow to your muscles, and the availability of cell energy while also slowing down bodily functions that deal with digestion, growth, sex, and parts of the immune system. Yikes!
Of course, managing all of the above is easier said than done, right? We get it. Before making lifestyle changes, or if you need help with where to start, it’s important to have real conversations with your primary care physician.
Bodify Wants All Of Their Clients to Look and Feel Their Best
So, what does this all have to do with CoolSculpting? It’s a common misconception amongst people that CoolSculpting is an “easy way out” for people who aren’t healthy in the first place. But nothing could be further from the truth. At our two CoolSculpting locations in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Bodify has been fortunate enough to be trusted to freeze the fat away from literally thousands of clients – both men and women. Since CoolSculpting is not a weight-loss treatment, the vast majority of our clients are actually within a few pounds of their ideal weight for their height (usually within 5-40 pounds). It’s just a fact of life that even if you’re healthy, eat well, and exercise, there are stubborn pockets of fat that could remain, and that’s where CoolSculpting comes in. And as seen, the link between physical and mental health is clear! Since it’s always been our mission to help our clients look and feel their best, we’d love to have a conversation about your goals. Get in touch with us today, and let us help your confidence take shape!