Would you believe it if I told you that physical and mental wellbeing work hand in hand?
As we all are aware, physical well-being is the ability to maintain a healthy quality of life which allows us to make the most of our daily activities. Maintaining good physical well-being deters progressive overloading with physical stress, fatigue, or worst-case scenario… total burnout.
Physical well-being is the direct result of lifestyle choices we make and our attitude towards physical activity, sleep, diet, hydration, hygiene, and relaxation. Ever felt this uplifting energy when you wake up in the morning? Feeling like you have all the ammo to tackle the day. If so, this is most likely because you have taken good care of your physical well-being.
On the other hand, we have mental wellbeing which evolves around the ability to cope with the stress of life, being productive and being of great use to the community. Neither can work without the other. For Example, when we partake in physical activity, our body releases endorphins this is also known as “good hormones” which stimulates our mood and positively affects our mental state. However, if our mental wellbeing isn’t at a good state, we may find that we fatigue through the period of that mental state which will result to sedentary behaviour. It becomes a vicious cycle as it could eventually lead to other health risks such as obesity or type 2 diabetes.
According to a recent study, 30% of all people with long term physical health risk led to deterioration in their mental health, this could result to depression and/or anxiety. However, it is not set in stone that you are to suffer from either poor physical or mental health when struggling with its counterpart. Understanding the how they both interact with each other is one of the ways we may be able to deal with it. Awareness is the first step to recovery; the aim of the blog is to make you aware of the how well connected the physical and mental wellbeing are to our overall wellbeing. Understanding how both are triggered is important in order deal with it before it gets complex and harder to put the dots together.
Wishing you happiness.