Mental or Physical Health: Which is most important?
When you hear the word “health”, you usually think of the physical parts of it: eating well, exercising regularly, drinking enough of water, getting enough sleep, and so on. Mental health is a topic that is entirely ignored.
In my previous post, I provided an overview of what mental health is and how important it is.
However, certain questions were left unanswered, of which are: Is it true that 0physical well-being is more vital than mental well-being? Is there a balance in the body between the two ideas of health? Does one of each have an impact on the other?
The main objective of this article is to answer these tangled questions.
To begin with, physical health does not in any way take precedence over mental health. If anything, all forms of health begin from within.
Your ability to think clearly, make good decisions, and combat chronic diseases can all be harmed by poor psychological health.
Neglecting your mental health, especially depressive traits can lead to serious health illnesses and consequences over time, including:
- Blood pressure and/or heart rate that is too high.
- Problems with the digestive system
- Immune system dysfunction
For instance: Depression, one of the most common mental illnesses, can induce exhaustion, sleeping troubles, and unexplained aches and pains due to problems with the brain’s signaling networks.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, sadness and anxiety are linked to a higher risk of coronary heart disease and high blood pressure.
Negative thinking, low energy levels, changes in mood or behavior, isolation, struggling to cope with stress, altered sleeping or eating routines, negative self-talk, and feeling sad or depressed are all symptoms that 10.7% of the world’s population experience.
So, how does your mental well-being influence your physical well-being?
Don’t let the name deceive you. Your mental health has an impact on more than just your thoughts and mind; it also has an impact on your behavior and physical well-being as listed above.
Poor mental health can sap all of your energy and prevent you from working on your physical health; however, increasing your activity and working on your physical health can actually improve your mental health.
Physical health refers to the state of your physical body and how well it functions. There are three categories of ways to maintain your physical health.
- Staying active throughout the day, getting enough sleep, and drinking plenty of water are all part of a healthy lifestyle.
- Diet entails consuming nutritious foods in a balanced manner.I don’t about you but food cheers me up😅
Ok most people are lazy to exercise or don’t just know the benefits.
Exercise is using and strengthening your body and muscles. Working on your physical fitness and health will not only add years to your life, but it will also improve your mood and help you avoid mental illness.
Why? Healthy and active people have more energy during the day, sleep better, are more calm, and have a more positive outlook on life in general.
Chronic diseases and conditions such as type 2 diabetes, anxiety, depression, heart disease, cancer, and dementia can all be reduced by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and being physically active.
Exercise is a strong treatment in and of itself for many common mental health issues. It has been shown in studies to treat mild to moderate depression as efficiently as antidepressants, to lessen ADHD symptoms, and to help with anxiety.
This is because exercise causes a variety of changes in the brain, such as decreased inflammation, and activity patterns that promote sensations of calm and well-being.
It also causes your body to release hormones which make you feel good and help you relax.
With these two aspects of health differentiated, what comes first: mental or physical health?
The relationship between physical and mental health is complicated, but the solution is straightforward: your body requires both mental and physical health in order to function effectively and allow you to live a happy and healthy life.
It’s fine if you want to focus on one area over the other if you’re having difficulty in another.
Just bear in mind their mutual influence and the need of maintaining your mental and physical wellness.
Phew, that’s a wrap! Drop your thoughts on your mental health challenges, if any, and share this with whoever you believe needs it.
Thank you for reading!