Our health, both physical and mental health is so important. There is such a close relationship between our mind and bodies and it so important to take care of ourselves both physically and mentally. Our physical and mental health are connected in a number of ways. When you repeatedly feel stressed, worried, low or anxious and it lasts a long time our bodies don’t get the signals to return to normal functioning. This can weaken your immune system leaving your body weak and vulnerable to infections and illnesses.
“ Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being “ – world health organisation
It’s very important that each of us make sure we take care of ourselves so we are healthy. There are many ways that our physical and health are connected
Exercise has been linked to reducing symptoms of depression and stress as well as increasing self-esteem, resilience, concentration and memory. When we exercise it produces feel-good endorphins which boost our mood throughout the day. While we are getting physically fit we are also releasing our stress, problem, anger and whatever is worrying us at the moment while we are working out which in turn helps our mental health. Being active, getting outside is a great way to feel better.
Sleep problems have been linked to depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and ADHD. When we suffer from a mental illness it can be either make us want to sleep all the time or we are unable to sleep. I struggle to sleep when my depression hits.
When my depression is bad I can’t sleep, which in turn makes my depression worse. It makes so much sense right? Mental health is one crazy rollercoaster and it can affect people in so many different ways. For example, one sufferer of depression may be unable to sleep while another person who suffers sleeps all the time.
Anxiety and stress that are brought on by an illness can make depression and anxiety worse. You know when you get unwell, etc and you become physically drained and it affects your mental health in such a negative way.
It can also be the other way around. When you are in a bad way mentally it can affect your body in a physical way. There is such a close relationship between our minds and bodies. Studies have shown that severe or long-lasting stress can change the balance of chemicals in the brain that controls mood.
Anxiety seems to be able to interfere with the function of the stomach, When we begin to eat, the stomach relaxes so the stomach can take in the food but with people who suffer from anxiety, this doesn’t happen. It can cause stomach upset.
Symptoms such as these are most commonly recognized for anxiety. With occasional stress, our bodies return to normal functioning once the stress passes. Although for people with anxiety, stress lasts for a long time and your body doesn’t receive the signals to return to normal functioning.
This, in turn, can weaken your immune system, which can leave your body weak and vulnerable to infections and illnesses.
Mental illness is serious so please make sure you are taking care of yourself.