When it comes to thinking about our health, I'm sure most of us initially think of our physical health. We weigh ourselves, exercise and try to cut down on the sweets. However, what is the other side of the coin?
Our mental health encompasses our psychological, emotional, and social well-being. Work, family, friends, and even our interactions with strangers can have an effect on our emotional stability. Mental health is vital to care about because it is a major part of our lives and can easily impact our thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. Maintaining a high level of emotional health can lead to productivity in your career, academics, and home life. When you are emotionally healthy, this health travels into your other relationships allowing you to feel a sense of fulfillment.
On a day to day basis we struggle with fulfillment, productivity, and our attention span. A study conducted by researchers at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health showed that people who struggle with mental health issues such as, depression and anxiety, are more likely to take sick leave repeatedly and for longer periods of time (90 days and above). People who struggle with emotional and mental health find it more difficult to remain focused throughout the day, leading to repetitive unproductivity. This can become a serious problem for some who don't take control of their mental health, resulting in significant economic struggles and potentially loss of a job.
This negative effect can also trickle into relationships with your family and friends. Being emotionally unhealthy will not allow you to be your best self for your family. If you have children, a spouse, or both, you need to be emotionally stable for these other people in order to maintain a happy marriage, and happy children. Not having control over your emotional health can cause you to lose focus of these important relationships in your life, which can lead to neglect and a wide range of behavioral issues.
Emotional and physical health are two sides of the same coin. The mind and body have a strong connection. When doctors only focus on the physical complaints of patients, the symptoms are being masked and the illness is not resolved. However, when a doctor addresses a patient's emotional well-being by advising proper steps and solutions for a healthier emotional life, they begin to see a greater improvement in the patients physical and overall health. It is wise to connect the two when evaluating your own emotional and physical health. Emotional health will lead to a happier and healthier physical body. Maintaining physical health, whether it be partaking in a physical activity of choice or following a healthy diet plan, will have substantial positive effects on your mental health in the long run.
If you are someone who struggles with their mental health, know that you are not alone. According to the World Health Organization, mental health issues affect one in four people around the world. Around 450 million people currently suffer from common emotional health problems such as stress, anxiety, and depression, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide. It seems like these statistics continue to grow every year, that is why it is important to not take emotional health for granted. We advise you to not sink into the unfortunate stigma around mental health, and seek help for these issues. Being unwell mentally is not a failure, and as long as these emotions aren't suppressed then you are fully capable of living a happy, productive, and fulfilled life.