There is no doubt about the fact that mental and physical health are closely linked to each other. Many times, how you feel is reflected directly on your physical health and how you appear influences your mental being. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
Going deep into the relationship between mental and physical health there have been some strong associations between the two.
● Your mental health is at risk if your physical health is in a poor condition ● People with serious mental health conditions are at higher risk of developing physical issues
Now that we have established the connection between the mind and the body, we should clear the misconception that mental health is not just about treating and observing the behavioural disorders, it is also about your ability to make healthy decisions and fight off chronic diseases.
Ignoring your mental health has been shown to have serious health complications such as:
● Heart disease ● High blood pressure ● Weakened immune system ● Asthma ● Obesity ● Gastronomical problems ● Premature death
What you can do to nurture a healthy mind and an active body
● Exercise regularly- Exercising regularly helps to ease depression and anxiety by releasing feel-good brain chemicals like endorphins and serotonin. Whether it is cardio-training or more focused yoga sessions, choose the form of exercise that you find easier and practical.
● Eat healthy– High calorie, low nutrient, processed foods have been known to decrease metabolism and increase depression and anxiety. Eat healthy and make it a point to not skip meals as it leads to unhealthy snacking. Include fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, fish and healthy fats into your meals. This will also boost your brain functioning.
● Sleep strategy– Not getting enough sleep on an everyday basis do not just add on to the health woes but also increase the stress and anxiety levels. If you are facing trouble in falling and staying asleep, try
1. Relaxing before lying down 2. Reducing the caffeine intake 3. Setting a strict schedule for bedtime
● Take support– Don’t be ashamed to discuss and share your concern with close friends or family members. The support from your social circle can be of great help in making you feel better. So, don’t be afraid to reach out.
Stay happy, stay stress-free. Remember, there is no health without mental health.