Several studies show that people who seek treatment for severe mental health issues reduce their risks of cardiovascular disease. Those with depression and anxiety have higher mortality rates from cancer and can suffer more severe symptoms of diabetes.
The World Health Organization (WHO) states that “there is no health without mental health,” and experts know that:
- Poor mental health is a risk factor for chronic physical conditions.
- Those with serious mental health conditions are at a higher risk of suffering from chronic physical conditions.
A healthy mental outlook makes it easier to cope with stress and life’s inevitable curveballs. It promotes inner strength and feelings of well-being. Your body also benefits when you take care of your mind, because the steps you take for brain health are good for your body, too.
Spending time in nature—gardening, playing with kids, swimming in the ocean, walking the dog, stretching your legs after dinner—boosts your mood and exposes you to vitamin D, which boosts immunity and helps facilitate nutrient absorption.
Relaxing with a hobby, a good book, a family game night, or meditation helps reduce stress, which is known for its negative effects on both mental and physical health.
Choosing healthy foods that are low in refined sugars and carbs and high in essential nutrients (such as lean proteins) directly affect your energy level, physical health, and mood. Often, your mental health reflects your body’s health.
Self-care benefits your mental health in more ways than one. Furthermore, good mental health contributes to improved overall wellness. Remember to have patience with yourself when trying out different strategies, and don’t hesitate to talk to a professional for any assistance.