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Mental Illness: Treating Your Mind Like Your Body

Mental Illness: Treating Your Mind Like Your Body

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We all view the mind and body as separate things. It’s the way humanity has developed. We see ourselves as higher beings, and whilst our bodies are simply physical things restricted by nature, we see our minds as somehow above that. This has seemingly led us into believing that our mental and our physical health are too entirely different things.

We treat injuries or physical illnesses as serious ailments, but mental health is often swept under the rug as a shameful failure of the mind. It’s likely that you may have felt this way if you’ve experienced mental illness, but here’s some advice regarding areas in which you may have struggled. Hopefully, this will give you a brand new perspective on mental illness and why you should treat it in the same manner as physical illness.

Stress.

The link between your mental and physical health is most noticeable when you consider the effects of stress. We all live stressful lives, and we do very little to avoid that. Work stresses us out, family lives may stress us out and our health may stress us out. Of course, stress is a vicious cycle. It affects your focus, hunger and your sleep. All of these are important elements of a daily routine, and neglecting them will take a toll on your mind and body.

Social relationships will suffer, your happiness will suffer and your quality of work will suffer. All of these things will lead to further stress, making you unhappier and affecting your physical health further. Stress is hugely linked to heart disease as well as depression and other mental issues, which is why you might notice a huge change in your mind and body if you focus on the root problem: what is giving you stress? If your job isn’t right for you, searching for a new one might be the answer.

Addiction.

We all experience addiction to some extent with regards to something; for many of us, it may be a minor addiction to junk food or the internet, but for others it can be something more serious such as alcohol, cigarettes or harder drugs. Still, addiction to anything is bad if it’s a severe addiction, as moderation is the key in life. Over-consumption is always going to lead you or your loved ones down a dark path. And it’s easy to berate yourself when you see your addiction spiral out of control if you feel powerless to stop it, but it’s important to understand that the mental illness which may have led you down this path, such as depression, isn’t your fault.

Controlling the consequences of addiction, however, is within your power. Perhaps you’ve already made mistakes in your lowest moments, and it’s hard to bounce back if you’ve done something damaging to yourself or others. Maybe you’ve driven drunk at the worst point of your addictive spiral, but you could look into lawyers for any DWI related charges. Maybe your addiction to food has led to worrying health problems, but there are medical programs designed to help those with obesity. The point is that there are always ways to come back from the depths of your own mind, and there are also ways to redeem yourself for your mistakes by accepting your addiction and moving forward from it. Above all else, family and friends are the key. They just want you to recover from your illness.

 

Accepting you.

Mental illness often stems from unhappiness in some form. It may manifest itself as depression, anxiety or something more serious. Most of us are unhappy because we’re uncertain about ourselves and about life. The key to putting an end to the cycle of self-deprecation is to accept yourself for who you are. When that happens, you may find that the self-inflicted insults stop, and the world doesn’t seem quite so dark.

Naomi Isted
Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

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