Physical Wellness

Physical wellness is about taking good care of our bodies so that they are healthy and operate at their best. There are numerous factors that you can control to improve your physical wellness. While this is worthwhile for health improvements alone, research shows that good physical health is also associated with good mental health.

If you would like to improve your physical wellness, a mental health practitioner can help you with commitment and behavior change; you do not necessarily need to be experiencing simultaneous mental health symptoms to benefit from doing so.

Areas of physical wellness

There are several areas of physical wellness to pay attention to, including:

Physical wellness and mental health

There is a wealth of research demonstrating a relationship between our physical and mental health. Generally, the evidence suggests that improving our physical wellness can help improve mental health problems such as:

Physical wellness can also help to improve the quality of life of people with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (4).

What to do to improve your physical wellness

There are many things you can do to improve your physical wellness. You might consider a combination of the following suggestions:

Therapy types to consider to improve physical wellness

Many therapy types can be applied to challenges related to physical wellness. You and your therapist will work together to determine which is the right fit for you. Common examples of therapy types include:

What to look for in a therapist for physical wellness

Consider the following factors when looking for a therapist to help with physical wellness:

Education

It is always important to look for a mental health professional with a current license. This ensures that your therapist has completed the appropriate level of education and has participated in ongoing professional development. When browsing through therapists on Zencare, you can rest assured that our therapists have already been vetted.

Specialized training

Most mental health professions will have knowledge of the interplay of physical and mental health. Regardless of which type of mental health professional you choose, consider asking them what kind of therapy they would use to help with physical wellness, and whether they have experience helping others in this area. If you are struggling with commitment and changing your behavior, you might find it helpful to work with a therapist who has specialized training in Motivational Interviewing.

Personal fit

As always, ensure you’re working with someone you feel comfortable with and trust. The trusting working relationship between you and your therapist, known as the “therapeutic alliance”, can have a huge impact on the efficacy of therapy.

Zencare can help you to find prospective therapists. You can search for therapists, browse the videos of our vetted therapists and book a free phone call to help you to find the right personal fit.

Ask in advance

The best way to judge how you might feel about your prospective therapist is to ask for a preliminary phone call (you can do this with our vetted Zencare therapists). Most therapists will be happy to oblige. This gives you the opportunity to ask about:

Try to speak to a few different therapists before making your mind up.

New to therapy? Learn about how to find a therapist here.

Sources

  1. https://cloudfront.escholarship.org/dist/prd/content/qt0786x6tw/qt0786x6tw.pdf
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5423723/
  3. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1064748112608628
  4. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/sites/default/files/lets-get-physical-report.pdf