Ways Your Physical Health is Connected to Your Mental Health
The World Health Organization (WHO) states that “mental health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. The mind-body connection is something I believe in. There are studies out there that show exercise and physical health impact mental illness symptoms. If you are sick your body’s defenses are down and that causes many things to change within your body. Making sure that you are taking care of your physical health will help you take care of your mental health and improve symptoms of illness. Here are six ways that your physical health connects to your mental health.
Taking in too many processed foods and not eating enough of your veggies can cause deficiency in nutrients (where your body doesn’t have enough vitamins and minerals for optimal health) and can result in increased symptoms.
Everyone knows that dehydration can lead to mental impairment and confusion. It also has an effect on your mood.
Physical activity reduces symptoms of depression and stress. It can also increases self-esteem, concentration, and memory.
Sleep problems are linked to depression, bipolar, anxiety, and ADHD. Getting the right amount of sleep will help regulate emotions.
5. Substance use
Many people use alcohol or drugs when coping with mental illness, but they can actually increase the symptoms and the underlying issues that are causing them.
Anxiety and stress can be brought on by illness, but can also be made worse.
If these aren’t enough to convince you, check out the third TED talk from my previous post for more science behind the benefits of exercise to your brain!