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Importance of Mental Health for Overall Health

Have you been struggling with your mental health? 

If you feel that your mental health has been unstable, rest assured that you’re not alone. In fact, approximately one in five adults in the U.S. suffer from some form of mental illness.   

For those suffering, you know that mental health struggles can make it challenging to deal with everyday life. The truth is, individuals suffering from poor mental health are more likely to experience difficulty in managing their overall health. 

If you’ve been struggling with your mental health, you’re going to want to read this. We’re discussing the importance of mental health and how it correlates with your overall health. To do so, we’re listing five ways in which your mental health is connected to your health overall. 

1. Diet

It’s safe to say that good nutrition is related to how we feel mentally as well as physically. 

When we feel good mentally, we’re better able to focus on making healthy decisions regarding our diet. In doing so, we ensure that our body is receiving the right proteins, fats, vitamins and water consumption.  

On the other hand, when we feel mentally unstable, we’re less likely to provide our body with the right nourishment. In this situation, we’re failing to provide our body and mind with what it needs. As a result, the brain fails to function at the necessary capacity. 

By establishing a healthy diet, we are also establishing a healthy platform for our physical health. In doing so, our body is better able to fight off disease and ensure proper functionality. 

2. Exercise Routine

There’s no denying the correlation between a positive mental state and exercise. 

Time and time again, studies reveal how beneficial routine exercise is for our mind and our body. In fact, exercise can be as effective at combatting mild instances of anxiety or depression. This is because exercise promotes significant changes in the brain and releases feel-good endorphins. 

Regular exercise has an incredibly significant effect on instances of depression, anxiety, and stress. Those who exercise are also more likely to report high levels of self-esteem. 

When our mental health is positive, we’re more likely to ensure that we are establishing an exercise routine. As a result, we feel more energetic throughout the day, we eat healthier and we sleep better. 

3. Substance Abuse

When our mind is healthy, we’re more likely to establish a healthy and balanced relationship with everyday substances. In these instances, substances such as drugs or alcohol are less likely to be used in excess. It’s also less likely that these substances will be used to mimic feelings of happiness. 

When the mind is unwell, it’s more common for these substances will be abused in a significantly unhealthy manner. After all, there’s a reason that the terms “mental illness” and “addiction” often go hand in hand. Studies have found that approximately 1 in 3 adults who have a substance abuse problem also suffer from depression. 

Those who suffer mentally are far more likely to rely on substances to generate temporary feelings of happiness. This may refer to anything from drugs and alcohol to the nicotine found in cigarettes. In excess, this can lead to more serious depression, anxiety and the onslaught of disease. 

4. Ability to Combat Disease 

Those living with mental illness are at higher risk of developing physical conditions or disease. 

In fact, one study found that those who report symptoms of depression experiences 3 times as many chronic physical conditions as those without. This may be due to medication that is taken to combat the illness as well as imbalanced hormones that stem from mental illness.  

It’s important to note that mental illness can impact social as well as cognitive functions. This means that our sleep patterns get disrupted, our stress levels increase and our energy levels decrease.

When this takes place, it’s common to feel apathy toward the rest of our health. This is where those with mental illness tend to eat poorly, fail to exercise and experience a lack of motivation in addressing any health concerns. This is also because those that suffer from poor mental health are less likely to receive the necessary care to combat disease. 

5. Ability to Overcome Stress 

When our mind is healthy, we are better able to cope with the stresses of life.

When stress presents itself, a healthy mind is able to register that stress and determine solutions. In doing so, we’re minimizing the significant impacts that stress can have on our physical wellbeing. 

When our mind is unwell, dealing with stress can feel impossible at times. As a result, stress continues to build up until it reaches a level that may become dangerous. Repeated stress alters how our system functions and minimizes the ability to control future stresses. 

Studies have revealed that long-term stress can actually change the overall structure of the brain as well as nerve cells. Not only does this minimize the ability to combat stressful situations, but it’s also incredibly hard on our system overall.

If you find yourself nodding your head, do yourself a favor and read this blog. It addresses 7 ways to shift our mental perspective to become more positive. While changing our perspective overnight may prove to be challenging, these tips are sure to improve our mental wellbeing in the long-run. 

Importance of Mental Health 

As we focus more on the importance of mental health, we learn how important our mental health is for our overall health. 

When we feel healthy mentally, we’re able to enjoy our lives and the people in it. We are better able to manage our stress levels and cope with the difficulties that life throws in our direction. 

This is because mental health and physical health are correlated. When one is suffering, it’s safe to say that the other is going to feel the repercussions. So, if you want to maximize your overall health, you’re going to want to start with your mental health. 

At the end of the day, it’s common for those suffering from mental illness to also suffer from addiction. While substances may provide temporary relief, they’re only going to worsen your mental health in the long-run. If you’re nodding your head, be sure to read our next article that tackles how to overcome addiction