Mental vs Physical Health

This is the first of a set of themed blogs as part of Mental Health Awareness Week.

What thoughts come into your mind when you think of the phrase “Mental Health”? I’d hazard a guess that, for most people, it’s something negative. And yet, if you think of the phrase “Physical Health” it isn’t nearly so negative, and is often actually quite positive! I wonder why that is?

If you have a cough and it isn’t going away after a week or so, or you are so physically injured you can’t carry on normally with day-to-day life, you go to the doctor’s or the hospital without even questioning it. But so few people treat their mental health in the same way – often waiting months or even years before seeking any sort of help and, in some cases, not at all.

And yet our mental health is just as important as our physical health. Indeed the two are pretty much inextricably linked. Have you ever noticed how your mood lowers and you “feel rubbish” when you have a cold, or how physical pain is somehow worse when you’re “feeling low”? That is the power that the mind has on the body, and vice versa.

Why it’s important…

Good physical health isn’t about not having problems, it’s being able to bounce back from the normal occurrences – being able to fight off the bugs that are causing a cold, recovering from a sprained ankle, your skin healing from a papercut – anything and everything that can happen in everyday life. Good mental health is the same. It’s not about being spectacularly happy 24/7, it’s about being able to cope with the ups and downs of everyday life, whatever they may be for you.

The hardest part is often admitting that you need a bit of a helping hand to get you back to back on your feet – but if you’re reading this and recognise that as you, you’ve already done it!

Now you just need to decide what path of help is right for you. Going to your GP is generally a good place to start, and charities like Mind also offer help and advice on the variety of services available. Hypnotherapy is a fantastic method for helping you get back into the right frame of mind and building resilience for the future. Please contact me if you would like to know more.

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