As we reach the end of Mental Health Awareness Month, it is important to emphasize the impact that mental health has on the body. Much of daily life relies heavily on the state of mental health of a person, which affects how people make choices, relate to others, and how the body handles stress. Mental health is a crucial component of a person’s overall well-being that encompasses emotional, psychological, and social aspects of life, and it influences behavior and critical thinking on a short-term and long-term basis.
Mental health problems are capable of affecting any person at any given time, whether that is because of life experiences, family history, or stressful events and situations. And even though these problems affect the person on a deep emotional level, they’re also capable of causing physical health problems on the body as well. Some mental health problems can complicate chronic illnesses and even cause people to develop more serious conditions that could adversely affect their well-being.
Mental health disorders can cause physiological changes and other problems, including:
- Heart disease and cardiovascular diseases
- Diabetes and obesity
- Asthma and respiratory illnesses
- Substance abuse
- Psoriasis and skin deterioration
- Greatly increase negative risks associated with cancer and other illnesses
Because of these risks, it’s important that people consider taking care of their mental health as a top priority, and there are many ways to improve general well-being by protecting both mental and physical health. Regularly exercising, sleeping well, and maintaining a regular diet are good ways to improve mood considerably, and avoiding alcohol and other drugs due to their long-term negative effects.
Finally, it is always best to consult with a doctor about other questions and advice you may have on tackling mental health and other medical concerns. Bright Care Medical Group specializes in preventive medicine and works to give you the best primary care we are equipped to provide. Our team of highly skilled and compassionate professionals is ready to assist you in improving your well-being and making the lifestyle changes needed to keep you in good health.
If you have any questions or want to learn more you can visit our website, or you can reach us by calling (352) 708-3021 to schedule an appointment.