Positive mental health affects your daily life in many ways. Therefore, you should work on making it a priority every day.
Scientists are starting to understand that there is a direct correlation between your mental and physical health. A study of 10,693 individuals found that those with poor mental health did not exercise regularly, and they were more prone to high blood pressure, heart conditions, and obesity. The study also found that these individuals did not participate in ordinary daily living activities, such as getting dressed and showering, as regularly as individuals with good mental health.
Your mental health plays a vital role in how you think. For example, people with depression often have difficulty paying attention while those with schizophrenia and other mental health conditions often experience paranoid thoughts. Receiving treatment and following your treatment plan often results in clearer thinking and making better decisions.
Your body is designed to go through different sleep cycles. When your body gets enough uninterrupted sleep, you can remember things easier, think clearer, and learn new information easier. In the past, psychologists thought that people with poor sleep habits were more prone to health conditions. They are starting to understand that the relationship is bidirectional, with those with mental health conditions often experiencing poor sleep while those with sleep conditions often experience poor mental health.
Improving your health often makes you feel better about yourself, making it easier to deal with life’s ups and downs. A person with low self-esteem usually avoids situations where they think conflict might arise. Meanwhile, they listen to their negative self-talk, which lowers them. When a person experiences better health mentally, relationships often improve with spouses, coworkers, and children because a person becomes willing to deal with problems when they are small.
If you often lack energy, then your health may be to blame. People with mental illness and other conditions that cause them not to feel great about themselves often experience stress. Stress naturally increases the level of cortisol in the body, and this hormone can leave you feeling worn down. Therefore, when you start taking better care of your mental health, you may find that you have more energy to do the things that you enjoy.
Are you ready to improve your life? Contact American Behavioral Clinics today and together let’s develop a plan to improve it.