How do our emotions affect our mental health? People with good emotional health, have learned how to deal with emotions and stress. Some of us may count to ten, or take deeper breaths when the stress is starting to get high. After a rough week, we may relax with a massage or a pedicure.
Some though, don’t have relaxation skills, or stress relievers. Either we were never taught, or we simply can’t. Those who don’t have good coping skills, simply combust under any amount of stress, or unravel completely when life becomes rough. If that’s the case with you, you’ll understand when I tell you, stress can affect your body.
This is called the mind/body connection. When you are stressed, upset or anxious, your body quickly tells you something isn’t right. You start having back pain, headaches, loss of appetite. If you don’t treat the stress, the physical problems become worse; high blood pressure, insomnia, heart palpitations. Poor mental health also affects your immune system, making you more susceptible to sickness. Who wants to exercise or eat a well balanced diet when you feel that bad? Not me!
If you are having symptoms like I’ve mentioned above, you need to make sure you share that with your doctor. Why? Most doctor visits are 15 minutes, your doctor has no idea in those few moments that you are dealing with stress unusual to you. Your doctor will then check and make sure there is nothing physically causing your physical symptoms. If that checks out fine, it’s then time to explore your mental health more closely. Along with good therapy, here are some other ways to enhance your mental health.
Express your feelings appropriately. It’s okay to feel stressed or overwhelmed. Tell your friends and family how you are feeling, they are most likely, willing to help.
Start a journal. A journal is a great way to either write out what your feeling, or write down what you’re grateful for. Reminding yourself you have a lot to be thankful for, can help you gain prospective.
Live a balanced life. You can’t control all the stress in your life, but you can control some of it. Learn to say no or let go of the things that are causing unnecessary problems. Instead, make time to do things you enjoy.
Calm your mind and body. Relax with some yoga or meditation. This can help bring your emotions into balance.
Whatever you decide, just remember to take care of you. Because you matter.