This article is for informative purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any condition. Please reach out to a qualified mental health professional if you are struggling.
You’ve probably heard the saying “the mind and body are connected” many times before. This saying is very true with the decisions that you make physically having a huge impact on your psychological health; even subtle things can have a lasting impact. To better understand what exactly this means, in this article, we’ll be looking at six subtle (or not so subtle) things that have an impact on your mental health.
1. Not Getting Enough Sleep
Sleep is very important for your physical health, but did you know it also has a huge impact on your mental health as well? As sleep is important for your body to heal itself, it works similarly psychologically (The Scientific World 2020). People that sleep the appropriate amount per day tend to have better stress tolerance and improved moods (Young 2014). It important to know however that getting too much sleep can also be problematic. Rather a proper balance is necessary.
2. Your Physical Health
Speaking of physical health, did you know issues with mental health can be caused by how you are doing physically? In many cases, a healthcare provider will perform a physical exam when diagnosing a mental health condition to make sure the problem isn’t stemming from something else. People in pain, even minor, tend to have a lower stress tolerance and may feel more anxious and depressed than those who do not (The Scientific World 2020).
3. Getting Plenty of Exercise
Getting plenty of exercise is important not only to keep fit, but also to keep balance in your mind. Did you know that getting a proper amount of exercise per day can help improve moods overall? The amount of exercise you need is dependent on who you are as a person, but overall people who find opportunities to stay in motion do better over the long term than those who are sedentary (Young 2014). Something as simple as a 20 minute walk can brighten your day.
4. Regulating What You Eat
Keeping a balanced diet can do wonders for your health across the board. Eating a healthy blend of nutritional food will overall improve your well being versus those that are processed (Young 2014). As stated before, your physical health is highly related to your mental health. Making sure that your lifestyle habits are beneficial to you physically, will also provide benefits mentally.
5. Your Social Life
Humans are social creatures so having a strong network can be greatly beneficial to your well being. Isolation can bring out negative emotions, so finding ways to get out can improve that area of your life (The Scientific World 2020). Getting involved with your community by volunteering or participating in club activities are a great way to begin growing your network.
6. Your Work
Work is a place where many of us spend a majority of our time. If your working situation is toxic, it’s likely to have a big impact on your mental health as well. Making sure you’re with the right people, doing something you enjoy, and are in a position that you are comfortable in can make a huge difference in how you feel about your life (Scientific World 2020).
Your lifestyle choices have a major impact on your mental and emotional health; taking care of your outside is as important as taking care of your inside. As always, when dealing with any kind of health problem, physical or mental, it’s important to work with a qualified professional. Getting in touch with the right person can be a great first step to improving your quality of life. Let us know what you have learned from this article. What are some of the changes you can make right now? What are some other ways that the mind and body are connected? Let us know in the comments!
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- Young, J. (2014, October 2). 9 Lifestyle Factors That Can Affect Your Mental Health. PsychologyToday. www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/when-your-adult-child-breaks-your-heart/201410/9-lifestyle-factors-can-affect-your-mental