The link between mental health and physical health is generally misunderstood. They’re typically considered two separate entities; however, the two actually go hand-in-hand.
How Mental Health Affects Physical Health
For example, depression has been linked to 67% increased risk of death from heart disease and 50% increased risk of death from cancer. You might develop high blood pressure or a stomach ulcer after an extremely stressful event, such as the death of a loved one.
There are various ways you can improve your emotional health. First, try to recognize your emotions and understand why you have them. Figuring out the causes of stress, sadness, and anxiety in your life can help you manage your emotional health.
The following are effective ways to improve your mental and physical health:
- Maintain a regular exercise routine. Exercise releases “feel good” brain chemicals, such as endorphins and serotonin, which can ease anxiety and depression. Whether it’s working on your cardio or enrolling in a yoga class, choose a form of exercise that works for you.
- Eat healthy. Eating high calorie, low-nutrient, and processed foods have been linked with increased depression and anxiety. Skipping meals can result in fatigue and unhealthy snacking. Commit to a diet that includes vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, fish, and healthy fats. Furthermore, a healthy diet can increase brain function.
- Maintain a normal sleep schedule. Not getting enough sleep has been linked with depression, anxiety, and stress. Adults should get a recommended seven or more hours of sleep per night. If you are experiencing difficulties falling or staying asleep, try lowering your caffeine intake, relaxing before bed, or setting a stricter bedtime schedule.
- Get support. Do not be afraid to reach out to friends and family for mental health support.
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