How Good Mental Health Affects Your Overall Health

Posted on October 5th, 2017 by Orthopaedic Specialty Group

How many times have you been told the importance of eating well, exercising 30 minutes a day, and drinking eight glasses of water? Probably too many times to count. But how often are you told about the importance of mental health? While you may not realize it, mental health has a huge impact on your physical health.

Emotions and Your Body

Your body responds to the way you think — which can be good and bad. In clinical trials, some people are given placebo (sugar pills) and told it’s medication. Even though they’re not actually taking the medication, many people’s health starts to improve — which is great! But unfortunately, you can also “think” yourself into an illness. It’s not uncommon for people who recently suffered a traumatic event or loss to develop high blood pressure or even a stomach ulcer.

The Impact of Happiness

It’s clear that your emotions and general level of happiness play a huge role in your health. People who describe themselves as moderately to severely happy in their day-to-day lives on average had:

  • Lower blood pressure.
  • Stronger immune systems.
  • Fewer aches and pains.
  • Longer lives.

How to Improve Your Mental Health

Believe it or not, you can strengthen your mental health just like you strengthen a muscle in your body.

  • Surround yourself with good people. Emotions are contagious. Being around people who are happy and grateful for their lives will make you happier.
  • Learn healthy ways to deal with stress. Even the happiest, healthiest person is going to face stressors from time-to-time. The trick is not to avoid stress, but to deal with it in a healthy manner. Exercising, meditation, and spending time with animals is a great way to reduce your stress levels.
  • Get a good night’s sleep. People who sleep seven to eight hours a night report feeling more awake, refreshed, and happier throughout the day.
  • Avoid drugs and alcohol. Drugs and alcohol don’t just take a toll on your body, they take a toll on your mind. Alcohol tends to exaggerate problems, not make them better.

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