Health Sep 26, 2022

A healthy mind for a healthy life

Humans cannot do without stress.

Stress is an integral part of your body’s survival mechanism, but nowadays it’s mostly linked to harmful outcomes. However, the natural stress response is what helps you to run away from a threat or push yourself harder to reach a goal. But, if your mind is under constant duress, if you’re always looking to fight-or-flight, this is detrimental to your overall health.

According to WHO’s World Mental Health Report, 1 in 8 people in the world live with a mental health condition. Sadly, countries allocate less than 2% of their health expenditure, on average, towards mental health.

Here’s how your mental state relates to your overall health, and why maintaining it is a top priority.

The shrouded mind-body connection

Your mind and body are tightly bound, which means your physical state affects your mental health and vice versa.

For example: a physical injury that results in a loss of a skill, such as reduced mobility, can lead to anxiety and poor mental health; nicotine smoke reduces the natural production of dopamine, the feel-good chemical; poor sleep can affect your concentration, productivity and even self-esteem. Moreover, underlying physical health issues, not as evident as an injury or sleep deprivation, can impair your mental state too. These can include fatty acid imbalance, low-grade inflammation, high cholesterol, and anemia to name a few.

On the other hand, your mental wellbeing directly affects your physical health. For instance, long-term activation of stress can lead to headaches, digestive issues, muscle tension, heart disease, weight gain, sleep deprivation and lack of focus. It can also lead to depression and anxiety, two of the most common mental health conditions experienced by people around the world.

Your ability to cope with challenging mental states is shaped by your genetic makeup and life experiences. But, there are ways you can build up your stress response capabilities.

How can I strengthen my mental health?

Your Mental Resilience is your ability to tolerate everyday mental stress and burden without succumbing to severe anxiety or depression. Here are some of the healthy habits you can integrate into your everyday life to build your Mental Resilience.

  • Get 7-8 hours of regular, uninterrupted sleep – this is know to reduce the risk of mental health conditions like anxiety and depression
  • Stay physically active – physical activity can trigger a release of dopamine and serotonin which is known to improve your mood
  • Feed your mind – a wholesome diet with high-fiber and nutrient-rich food, and plenty of water is scientifically proven to make you feel good

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