I entered the field of psychology at a young age partly because I suffered from mental and physical illness and was searching for a way to heal my body and mind. Thus everything I have learned, including what I will write here, comes from personal experience from my heart to yours. I decided to label a holistic process for health for this blog only as "Flow." Flow as a label has been used in a variety of ways. Thus I was reluctant about the title but found for this blog, it felt "just right." "Flow," in this scenario, is about finding inner peace despite difficult circumstances. Within these flow series, you will find both creative work and more educative notes; here, I will begin with circulation and its importance for mental and physical health.
Not only do you experience your mood being better and uplifted, but also your entire body, including your brain, begins to heal. The more circulation, the more often it flows, and the greater you feel its impact. People are generally aware of the need for circulation for physical health. It can help wounds heal and combat heart disease, vitality, cancer, and more (Henryfordhealth, 2020). Many doctors might agree that proper circulation is essential for health as it will lead to blood and oxygen flow throughout your system, allowing all of your organs to function correctly. It has been noted it's of particular importance for a robust immune system (ibid).
However, its mental health benefits, importance, and requirement for the brain are often overlooked. I have tried many therapies, and few have impacted me as significantly and positively as increasing circulation does. Perhaps, such Flow is a happy pill. With it, you find stability, are grounded and can begin healing. I firmly believe it's a vital component in your healing process and can help deter tumors, cancer and increase general healing, cognitive ability, and many mental health illnesses. Of course, it cannot be the whole cure! However, I would advocate a more significant discussion of this within the field of mental and holistic health.
Please feel free to look through these sources below for further information on circulation.
With love, Elif
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