Understanding The Connection Between Mental & Physical Health

Mental and physical health are not two different things in your body.

They’re one complicated and connected way of living; they affect each other.

Someone who lives with a painful, lifelong condition is at higher risk of poor mental health compared to someone fit and healthy; someone with poor mental health will often find it harder to recover from illness or injury.

Depression has been linked to increased risk of death from heart disease and cancer.

Do you know how you can keep both your mental and physical health in good shape?

Exercise

Physical activity is a great way to produce endorphins, which are chemicals your body releases that make you feel happy.

It doesn’t have to be an hour on the treadmill, either.

It can be ten minutes brisk walking in the fresh air when you get out of the office for lunch, or a quick jog with the dog when you get in.

You’ll get fitter and happier even with gentle exercise.

Plus, if you take part in a sporting event, you’ll build camaraderie and friendships with the others who are there.

Diet

We all know that fruit and vegetables are good for us, and that we shouldn’t eat too many sweets.

But it’s not just to stop our teeth rotting; it’s also because getting the right balance of vitamins and minerals means our bodies and minds work well.

Don’t starve yourself of carbohydrates if you’re on a diet; you won’t have enough energy to perform at your mental best.

Don’t deny yourself that chocolate bar if you’re going to be thinking about it all evening.

Enjoy your food, keep paying attention to how much of each kind of food should be on your plate, eat well and be happy.

Being nice to yourself

Imagine you’re with a friend, and you’ve just fallen over.

Instead of asking if you’re okay, your friend says, “You’re an idiot. You’re so clumsy. Why are you so embarrassing all the time? Now you’ve got mud on you. You can’t even walk.”

I’d imagine you wouldn’t stay friends with them for long.

So why would you say the same things to yourself?

A positive mental attitude can do wonders for you and your self-esteem.

Laugh it off and head to the next challenge.

Yes, falling hurts, but if you don’t dwell on it, it won’t hurt as much.

Stephen Coleclough

Stephen Coleclough is a leading international tax adviser who specialises in dealing with ultra high net worth individuals.

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