Mental Health is as Important as Physical Health

During the previous Olympic competitions, multiple award-winning gymnast Simone Biles made a decision that shocked the entire world. She quit from the Olympics right in the middle of the games. With 5 out of 6 finals to go, Biles decided that she could no longer go on with the games. Why?

She was suffering something called twisties where her spatial awareness was affected. What brought this on? She was having issues with her Mental Health. 

Physical Health vs. Mental Health

As a person, your body is guaranteed to experience wear and tear. You will become tired or outrightly sick. And when this happens, you either take a break or visit the doctor. Why do we think this is different for Mental health?

Mental health is often overlooked and not treated with the same importance as physical health. Doctors might not ask about mental health and sometimes we are quick to undermine the importance of having great mental health. However, there are some key differences between mental and physical illnesses that need to be addressed. One of which is that many people consider their mental illness to be shameful or embarrassing, while physical ailments are not so openly mocked. Mental illnesses can also be very difficult to diagnose because identifying them can require an in-depth conversation with the patient about what they are feeling at the moment or what has happened in their lives recently. 

One does not matter more than the other and in most cases, the state of your mental health affects your physical health. 

How good Mental Health is connected to good physical Health

Mental health includes a range of conditions that affect a person’s mood, thoughts, and behavior. These conditions are just like any other health condition in that they can affect your day-to-day life and inadvertently affect your physical health. 

It’s easy to ignore the importance of mental health, but that’s not always healthy. There are many things you can do to improve your mental health and here are a few of the things you can do: 

  1. Take regular breaks from work

Work can be all-consuming and take up a lot of your time and resources. When you take breaks for work, the result is a clearer head that makes it easier to deal with your work. 

  1. Getting enough sleep 

The importance of sleep to your mental health cannot be overemphasized. When you sleep, you not only recover from physical exertion but mental stress as well. Lack of adequate sleep has also been linked to depression in some cases. 

  1. Exercise

Endorphins are the chemicals in your body that manage how your body perceives pain and produces good feelings. When you exercise, Endorphins are released in your body. Physical activity – which is what happens when you exercise – also causes the release of dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. All hormones are guaranteed to make you feel great!

  1. Always ask for help

There is no shame in needing help. It is perfectly normal to ask for some help when you realize that you are struggling. When things seem too hard to deal with by yourself you can reach out to people who you trust, or to a doctor.

When you take better care of your mental health, you’ll see an improvement in all aspects of life – including your productivity at work and even in your physical health as well.