Connection Between Mental and Physical Health

Mental and physical health is fundamentally linked. There are multiple associations between mental health and chronic physical conditions that significantly impact people’s quality of life, demands on health care and other publicly funded services, and generate consequences to society.  The World Health Organization (WHO) defines: health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.   The WHO states that “there is no health without mental health.”1

Here are few ways in which your physical health is connected to your mental health :

  • Nutrition : Many factors contribute to inadequate diets including food insecurity, processed food consumption & micronutrient deficiency and a result can increase the prevalence of anxiety and depression.
  • Hydration : Lack of adequate water intake or dehydration is linked to cognitive impairment, mood changes, and even delirium.
  • Exercise : Physical activity is linked to reducing symptoms of depression and stress as well as increasing self-esteem and resilience, concentration and memory.
  • Sleep : Sleep problems have been linked to psychiatric disorders including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders & ADHD; adequate sleep can help with emotional regulation & mental resilience.
  • Substance Use : Alcohol or drugs may be used to self-medicate to help cope with depression, anxiety or other mental health concerns; can increase underlying risk for mental disorders.
  • Illness : Anxiety and stress brought on by the experience of an illness can also lead to mental health disorders or exacerbate underlying symptoms related to anxiety, depression or other mental health concerns.
  • Social Well Being : Poor social connections or overall social well-being is associated with poor emotional health and may even exacerbate mental health conditions such as depression.

Understanding the links between mind and body is the first step in developing strategies to reduce the incidence of co-existing conditions and support those already living with mental illnesses and chronic physical conditions.

References : [1] Promoting mental health : concepts, emerging evidence, practice : summary report / a report from the World Health Organization, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse in collaboration with the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) and the University of Melbourne. (2004).

18 Comments Add yours

  1. Agree completely… very to the point! Thanks for taking the time to compose this. Very helpful for people. Short and to the point. I like that. I am going to share on a few of my wellness FB pages. Thanks!

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    1. PB says:

      I am glad you liked it enough for sharing it further Maggie.

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    1. PB says:

      Ah yes and we have to make sure it is a healthy one 🙂

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  2. inhiscare753 says:

    Great Post, Informative Health Awareness for everyone. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. PB says:

      Most welcome :):)
      Thank you for stopping by and leave an encouraging comment for me. God bless you.

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      1. inhiscare753 says:

        You are certainly welcome 🙏
        God Bless you as well! 😇💜

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  3. demeitm says:

    Great post as always! – Very informative and much needed. I write a lot about spiritual health and so often, Christians neglect their bodies in pursuit of ministry. I love to get these much needed reminders. Thanks for all you do!

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    1. PB says:

      It all starts with the soul. I agree with you. I am a big believer of meditation. Even if it’s 10 minutes everyday. It feels like home.

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    1. PB says:

      I am glad you liked it and found it helpful.

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  4. gpavants says:

    Hello Garima,

    Health is a many-layered thing. I really believe it’s comes from the inside out. When we focus on the inner person the outer will adapt as well. What do you think?

    Gary

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    1. Garima says:

      Hi Gary, I strongly believe that the outer manifestation of disease is because of the work of the inner mind. We need to keep the inner mind healthy at all times.

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      1. gpavants says:

        “From the heart the mouth speaks.” Is Biblical.

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      2. Garima says:

        🙏🏼🙏🏼

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  5. Yes, this makes perfect sense to me. Good post. Will be helpful to others.

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    1. Garima says:

      I am glad you liked it :):)

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