Mental and Physical Health Need the Same Level of Priority!
Most people put a clear line of delineation between their mental and physical health. They exercise and think that is enough to remain “healthy”. Putting your mental health on the backburner is never a good idea. You need to understand the role your mental health plays when it comes to being totally healthy. Forgetting that you need to ensure that your mind is healthy is going to end up causing you damage that may not be fixable if forgotten about for too long.
What Role Does Your Mental Health Play in Overall Health?
Even healthcare professionals have considered mental health and physical health as different entities that are unrelated for many years. It is only recently that their connection was truly established and researched. People who struggle with mental health issues often have an increase in physical ailments. Here are a few considerations you may not realize:
- Someone who struggles with depression is more likely to also struggle with heart disease
- People with very high levels of stress are one-third more likely to die from some variety of cancer
- Those who have schizophrenia or bipolar disorder are at two times the risk of developing heart disease, plus they are at three times as likely to develop and die from a breathing disease
- Those struggling with a mental health problem like depression or schizophrenia are also far more likely to smoke, bringing in a whole new list of potential health problems
What Types of Activities Can Benefit Both Your Mental and Physical Health?
When you are trying to take care of your physical health, you need to include a few different things. You probably think of things like being physically active, eating right, and making sure to avoid items like drugs and alcohol. However, did you realize that those things also benefit your mental health? The foods you eat provide nourishment to your entire body. The oxygenated blood flowing through your body while remaining active helps to clear and heal your brain. Plus, the more active you are, the more feel-good hormones you secrete.
Does Not Putting Your Mental and Physical Health on the Same Priority Level Cause Trouble?
Only some put the same level of importance to their mental and physical health. Those that do tend to live longer, fuller lives and experience higher levels of happiness. People who do not tend to mental health issues have lowered life expectancies of 10 or even 20 years, typically because their mental health issue led directly to a physical problem. People who ignore their mental health issues are more likely to struggle with issues like heart disease or heart attack, osteoporosis, strokes, diabetes, and cancer.
What Can Be Done to Balance Your Mental and Physical Health?
When you know that there is a mental health issue, the best thing you can do is to manage it. Speak to your doctor if you suspect that you may have something like bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. Depression is sometimes managed by getting active and eating the right foods. However, that is not typically the best way to manage depression. You need to actively treat depression. Getting a life or emotional coach can really help make this process easier.
Remember, the hormones your body secretes dictate a lot about your overall health. The more you can do to get the right hormones flooding your body, the better your mental and physical health will be. Even if you do not have great mental or physical health right now, making the right choices can improve that. Take your mental health seriously. It can have a direct impact on your physical health. If you need help managing your day to day, give me a call here at EmpatheticEar.com and schedule a free consultation!