How Does Mental Health Affect The Body?
The ‘mind and body’ are interconnected in ways we often overlook. Just like our physical health can be negatively impacted due to our daily routines, when our mental state is compromised, we may experience stress, anxiety, and ‘brain fog’. But poor mental health is associated with much more than just a stressful lifestyle. Poor mental health can affect your body’s natural response to sickness and serious health problems later on if not handled immediately. So how does mental health affect the body as a whole? Let’s find out how you can recognize habits that throw your mind – and body – off kilter.
What Is Good Mental Health?
In order to understand how mental health affects the body, it’s important to know what exactly is considered mental health in the first place. According to the World Health Organization, good overall mental health is a state of complete social, mental, and physical well-being. Similarly, Mental Health.org states that it is the ability to perform key tasks such as form/maintain good relationships, the ability to learn, to cope with change, and other comprehensive functions.
Keeping this in mind, we all differ when it comes to expressing our emotions regarding change or prolonged situations.
How Does Mental Health Affect the Body?
Some stress is normal in everyday life. So how can you tell when it crosses the line? When you find yourself expressing addictive behaviours, slipping into a depression or anxiety/bipolar disorder, or other emotional disorders, you should be concerned. These may be gradual and subtle habits and may not be noticeable to you, but to those who are closest to you. In fact, 1 in 5 adults are diagnosed with mental illness each year.
Heed the warning from friends and family and pay attention to your body. If you notice sluggishness during the day, insomnia at night, and/or poor eating habits, your mental health can be at risk.
Breaking the Habit
You’re here because you needed some insight on how mental health affects the body.
Whether you notice yourself falling into a mental health slump or not, you can take action to correct it. How mental health affects the body is linked to your current lifestyle and habits. These habits can be anything from a career change to simply changing your eating habits. In my post, 4 Habits to Break for Single Moms, my good friend sheds some light on how she deals with her busy working life and home life with two kids.
This post/references can also be applied to those without children or single parents. In my next post, I’ll introduce you to ways that you can apply health and effective daily practices (cost-effectively!) to your home and work life.