Your environment and your behavior affect how you feel physically and emotionally. For example, if you are in a stressful environment at work and at home, you feel anger and anxiety which can make you prone to heart attack and any disease epidemic that there is. Whether it's the flu, a stomach virus, or just the common cold, getting anxious and angry makes it worse. The best thing is to see if there is anything you can change at work or home, and change how you respond to it.

Certain illnesses have been linked not only to diet and health but to thinking patterns. For example, cancer has been shown to affect people who isolate themselves and do not feel close to people. Heart attacks used to be associated with people who are Type A, always working hard and trying to achieve things. However, the medical and psychiatric community now believes that it is only the Type A people who have anger and hostility that are at a higher risk for heart attack. For this reason, it is important to develop healthy eating and exercise habits and work on your emotional health.

People know if they are overweight, in pain, depressed, anxious or angry. Although some people are in denial. If you are reading this article then you are at least contemplating improving your physical and mental health. If you are overweight or eat too many unhealthy foods, consult a nutritionist. Most insurances will pay for it. If you are seeing a therapist and a nutritionist you can sign releases so they can communicate and coordinate your treatment. There are health psychologists who will treat both issues.

If you are familiar with the Serenity Prayer you know that the idea of accepting what you can and can't change is a part of recovery from addictions. However, it also applies to health psychology. Maybe you live in an inner city environment where there is smog and stress. You can't afford to move now but you can learn to de-stress yourself and you can stop smoking so you will not add to your cancer and heart attack risk.

People can often do more to change their life than they think. Sometimes you might think that you can't change your health, but you can change your diet. You might think you can't change a chaotic situation at home but sometimes when you have a talk with everyone they respond better than you might think and cooperate better. You might think you can't move to a certain area you would like that would be healthier because there are no jobs. Then you look and discover there are jobs and affordable housing.

Your physical and mental health are both important. This article shows you that you do not have to be a victim of your circumstances if you need help. There is help available and you can take care of your physical and mental health. To learn more about how your memories affect your physical and mental health go to my website www.phenomenalmemory,com

Author's Bio: 

Frank Healy is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Life Coach. He is one of about 50 people who have been classified as having Hyperthymesia by the University of California. Frank participated in their reserch studies because he remembers every day of his life since he was six years old. He is now 53. His memory of each day includes the day of the week, the weather in his locale, news events and personal experiences. Recalling so much in his life had it's advantages and disadvantages. The advantages include recall of every happy experience he had with friends, family, school, and his wife. The corollary of that is that he remembers all of the negative things. Bad days at work and school, slights from people, bad days at jobs, romantic breakups etc. Before he began his own journey he would recall bad memories with the same emotional intensity as if he was experiencing it now. He had learn to let go of the feelings. He now counsels and coaches people to heal from the ill affects of their own traumatic and unpleasant memories. This can help people be happier and move on to a successful present and future.

Frank lives with his wife in Dennisville, New Jersey. He is in private practice at Associates For Life Enhancement in Northfield, New Jersey. Frank enjoys going to the beach, reading, writing, playing quizzo with friends (It's a trivia game) and playing ball wth his grandsons.