Last Updated on 2 years ago by Nicky Johnson
When you feel good physically, you often feel good mentally. And when you’re feeling strong both physically and mentally at the same time, you can enjoy an extraordinary sense of wellbeing. Below, we explore why you need to look after your physical and mental health and how you can achieve this.
There’s plenty of research to suggest that there’s a significant link between your mental and physical health.
Firstly, poor mental health can manifest itself in physical symptoms. For instance, clinical anxiety can lead to headaches, stomach pain, and chest tightness.
On the flip side, poor physical health can also affect you mentally. By exercising frequently and getting plenty of fresh air you can potentially make yourself feel happier and more confident in your daily life.
Especially if you enjoy the form of exercise you are doing, if you don’t enjoy going to the gym, then don’t force yourself to. Try out something slightly different, like Zumba or walking outside. Making sure it’s something you look forward to will help you to turn it into a habit in the long run.
Improving your mental health
Making time for yourself is the first thing to try if you’re struggling with mental health issues. By taking time to meditate, exercise or relax by engrossing yourself in a hobby you might find that you’re happier and less stressed.
If this doesn’t alleviate your mental health problems, then you can speak to your GP. They’ll often prescribe cognitive behavioural therapy at first, before considering medication to get you back on track.
Either way, improving your mental health is a long-term goal with few instant solutions. By writing a journal over time, you can note down your feelings and work out coping strategies for the future.
Improving your physical health
The best step towards your physical health is by exercising regularly.
Adults need about 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week. And you can achieve this target by joining the gym or a sports club, or any form of exercise that you enjoy.
Running can also be an effective strategy: it might be difficult to start running regularly, but programs such as couch to five k can help get you moving in the right direction. Taking it slowly at first is vital to your success. Turning on a podcast and putting that time aside for yourself will help you.
Sometimes, even when you take the best steps to look after your physical and mental health, an accident can set you back to square one. If you’ve suffered from medical negligence, then it can be worth speaking to an experienced solicitor about making a medical negligence claim. This can give you the chance to win the compensation you need to recover and prioritize your physical and mental health once more.