Studies have shown that poor physical health can have a direct impact on mental health problems. As such, unhealthy mental health can equally have a negative impact on you physically if you do not deal with certain issues right away.
Mental health and its impact on your physical health
The main mistake that most individuals make is assuming that what they see is all that matters. The idea that you can’t actually “see” what you think or feel leads to the assumption that the only thing that matters is the physical body. This can be very deadly given the fact that it causes most to ignore very serious mental issues that later impact their physical body through disease.
Here are just a couple of links between mental and physical well-being:
• Depression: According to the Mental Health Foundation, over 67% of patients who suffered from heart disease were also diagnosed with depression.
• Cancer: Studies have shown that over 50% of individuals who were diagnosed with cancer were also suffering from depression.
In the same way that your feelings and thought pattern can contribute to your overall health in a negative way, it can also contribute to the healing of physical ailments. According to Inc.com you can improve your physical health and well-being once you take charge of what occupies your mind. Even if you must force yourself to take charge of what you think about on a daily basis, it will be well worth the effort. It all begins with training your mind to focus on things that will ultimately improve your physical body.
According to an article on Psychological Stress and Human Immune System written by Suzanne C. Segerstrom and Gregory Miller, the stress that we feel and the problems we think about on a daily basis that leads to more stress impact our immune system when they change the delivery of oxygen and glucose to the heart and the large skeletal muscles. “Over the past 30 years, more than 300 studies have been done on stress and immunity in humans, and together they have shown that psychological challenges are capable of modifying various features of the immune response,” wrote Segerstrom. It is this definable connection of the mind and body that most doctors are recognizing and utilizing in their assessment of the diagnosis of a patient.
Balancing the mind and body
It’s never too late to bridge the gap between the mind and the body. A few simple steps will assist in getting both your mind and body where they need to be.
• Acknowledgement: A healthy mentality starts with first acknowledging the fact that you have an unhealthy thought process. Once you are willing to accept the fact that your thinking is becoming harmful to your physical well-being, you will soon be on your way to feeling better.
• Meditation: Finding a small, quiet space to take a moment to inhale deeply will not only help to alleviate mental pressure but it will also assist with the flow of your blood’s circulation.
• Laugh…a LOT: Studies have shown that laughter is truly a cure for depression. Find funny movies, stay away from negative people, and read things that bring you joy in order to feel the way you want.
Although you may think that what you think has nothing to do with how you feel, your body will prove to you otherwise. If you discover that you are feeling under the weather, take a moment to dissect how you are thinking. If what you are thinking about is leading to how bad you are feeling emotionally, then you can anticipate that your physical body will soon fall below the line of healthy if you don’t do something to change it right away.