From Sierra Powell
Mental health is a term that covers many areas. It includes anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, depression, and more.
There are many puzzles and taboos associated with discussing mental health. However, mental health affects every single aspect of a person’s life.
The way mental health affects your life
Mental health affects your ability to sleep, it affects what you eat and how much you eat, and it can affect your educational choices and career.
Mental health plays a role in your ability to build and maintain happy, healthy relationships. It affects how you see yourself and how you take care of your physical health.
Many studies have undoubtedly shown the link between mental health and substance use disorders. Many people with mental health problems turn to self-medication substances. Conversely, those involved in substance abuse develop mental disorders as a result of their addiction.
Left untreated, mental illness can complicate and affect the quality of a person’s personal and professional life. This is why it is imperative for people to seek help when dealing with mental health issues. It not only improves a person’s relationship with others, but also how they feel and see themselves.
Your mental health affects your physical health
Dr. Ramani Durvasula, a licensed clinical psychologist, has long debated the effects of emotional and mental health on a person’s physical health. For example, in her book You Are Why You Eat, she describes how a person’s attitude towards food often reflects aspects of their mental health and affects their physical health.
Unfortunately, many people fail to see the link between mental and physical health. You see them as separate entities. Because of this, you will hear many people express ideas about mental illness that mirror the idea that it is not a physical illness. Mental health directly affects your physical health.
Society is not fully aware of how common mental illness is. It is estimated that one in five adults will suffer from mental illness in one year. Occasionally, depression is a form of mental illness, just as the occasional cold is a sign of physical illness.
Bipolar depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and addictive behavior are examples of mental disorders. The human impact clearly shows how mental health affects physical health.
The dangers of neglecting mental health
You may question the connection between mental and physical health. However, when your mental health is poor, your body cannot make informed and healthy decisions to fight off chronic illness. Hence, there are links between neglected mental and physical health complications, such as:
● gastrointestinal problems
● heart disease
● High blood pressure
● Premature death
● Weakened immune system
For many people, chronic depression is enough to cause insomnia, chronic fatigue, and increased sensitivity to pain. Each of these will have severe physical effects.
Creating a good environment for the mind and body
To improve your mental health, you don’t just have to take care of your mind. This includes exercising regularly.
When you exercise, your body releases feel-good endorphins and serotonin. This can minimize and reduce anxiety. You want to find something that will work well for you and encourage you to stick to it.
Improve your diet
If your diet is full of processed foods that are low in nutrients, you are at greater risk of depression and anxiety. Include vegetables, whole grains, fish, and healthy fats in your meals. All of this leads to increased brain function.
Sleep is a key aspect of mental and physical health. When you don’t get enough sleep, you are likely to experience more anxiety, stress, and depression.
Strengthen your support circle
Having a strong support circle is an essential part of preventing mental health deterioration. Choose your friends wisely as some consider mental health a taboo subject. However, if you do find friends who will support your sanity, hold onto them because they are precious.
Your mental health plays an important role in your physical health. Take your sanity seriously. If you need any help, don’t hesitate to get it. It could mean your life.
Sierra Powell is a freelance content writer who graduated from the University of Oaklahoma with a degree in mass communication and a minor in writing. When she’s not writing, she loves cooking, sewing, and hiking with her dogs
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