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Does your physical health affect your mental health?

The mind and body are two very interconnected systems. Many health professionals agree, poor physical health can directly affect your mental health. There are many studies that have proven the direct correlation of long-term physical health conditions with depression and anxiety.

Having poor physical health can severely increase your changes of developing mental health issues. And, visa versa! Lifestyle factors such as: exercise, diet and smoking, can significantly influence the state of both your physical and mental health.

How to Improve or Maintain Good Physical and Mental Health: 

  • Eat healthy and maintain a well-balanced diet.
  • Exercise throughout the week, regularly.
  • Ensure that every night you get at least the 8 hours recommended sleep.
  • Spend time with loved friends and family who value and care about you the most.
  • Pay attention to what your body is telling you, and give it what it needs.
  • Take up an activity or hobby that you enjoy.
  • Set realistic and achievable goals.
  • Get the help your body needs. If you are in physical pain, seek a physiotherapist or chiropractors help. If you are experiencing mental concerns, seek a psychologists, counsellor or GP for support.

You cannot separate your body’s mental health from your physical health, as each one affects the other in many complex ways. The depths of which are still being studied. It is important to take care of your body and maintain both its physical and mental condition. Exercise and eat well, but also relax, reflect and de-stress.

If you or someone you know is experiencing issue with mental health, or you would like further information on available treatment, please come and talk with one of our general practitioners at our Southport, Gold Coast centre.

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