The Link Between Mental and Physical Health

by Staff

Looking after your physical and mental health has never been more important than it is right now. Taking time for yourself to look after your own needs means that you’re then more capable of looking after others. Poor physical health can lead to an increased risk of developing mental health problems and similarly poor mental health problems can have a negative impact on physical health. 

Being active releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good, it can help to boost your self-esteem, helps you to sleep and feel better in general. It can also help you to deal with making important decisions and getting out of your own head. 

If you’re wanting to lose weight, and you’ve been feeling bad about your appearance then moving your body is another way to help. The only way to lose weight is to be in a calorie deficit, simply put, burn more calories than you consume. And by working on your physical health, especially doing something you enjoy, then losing weight will come hand in hand with this. 

You don’t necessarily have to go to the gym 5 times a week. By simply upping the number of steps you do a day by going for a walk on your lunch break or after work then you can increase the amount of calories you burn and get some fresh air at the same time. 

Taking care of yourself can also come in the form of skincare, and having a pamper evening to yourself every week, or every month. Taking this time to yourself to invest in some new products for your skin and body can help you to feel more in control and happy in your skin. 

A spokesperson for Transform Hospital Group explained: “Having flawless skin is fast becoming a status symbol – a sign of natural beauty. But it can take quite a bit of work to maintain a ‘perfect’ complexion! Treatments such as hyrdrafacials and derma roller, which are designed to brighten and hydrate skin for a healthier and more glowing complexion, can largely replace heavy face makeup over time –  if your skin is flawless, why cover it?” 

Government guidelines suggest that adults do a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate activity a week, or 75 minutes of vigorous activity a week. If you think about your current fitness level and then work your way up from there, otherwise if you go in for something too advanced you could end up getting disheartened.  

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