Normally, we think of the body and the mind as if these two entities were separate from each other. With this, many people see medicine as an area that only takes care of physical health, without taking into account the psychic state.
Comprehensive health care is essential. From it, we can see that the mind is part of the body because it originates in the different synapses of our neurons. Injuries and changes in these cells can cause psychiatric illnesses. Likewise, our sense of well-being influences the whole body.
Why Does It Happen?
Our entire body is monitored and controlled by the nervous system. The main information about our functioning is transmitted by neurons. They release substances called neurotransmitters to communicate with each other and with other cells, especially those in the endocrinological and immune systems. All of this is what is called neuro immuno endocrine integration.
Nothing happens in our body without our nervous system, which also includes the brain, which is nothing more than our mind. Bodily functions are integrated by billions of neurons, releasing neurotransmitters that receive information about metabolism and the external environment, and send commands to other organs. Taking care of the body, therefore, is also taking care of the mind – and vice versa.
What Is The Difference Between Mental Health And Mental Illness?
Health encompasses all the positive factors – the balance between our organism and the environment – that preserve the well-being and physical integrity. Illness is the process that affects this balance.
When we talk about mental health care, we are not restricting ourselves to treating diseases that are already installed: we are alerting people to the promotion of good habits and the prevention of the processes that lead to psychic illness.
Happier people have a reduced risk of illness. The relationship is also reversed: good physical health prevents the development of mental illness.
This Is Amply Proven By Science:
personal happiness and satisfaction are related to good habits, such as physical exercise and healthy eating. In turn, people with depressed moods are more predisposed to chronic diseases and to abandon body care;
various types of cancer and infectious diseases are related to stress. Do you know when someone says that immunity has fallen because of negative emotions or difficult periods in life? This occurs due to a substance called cortisol, which is released in adverse situations and reduces the action of the defense cells;
even when they are not associated with bad habits, people who report anxious or depressive symptoms live less than the others.
How To Have Good Mental Health?
The first step is to understand the immense benefits of taking care of our emotions, feelings, and behaviors. With well-being, you will be better able to:
- Realize its full potential;
- Dealing with challenging, adverse or stressful events, and situations;
- Learn better and develop intelligence;
- Having more pleasure in their social and affective activities;
- Work more productively;
- Contribute to the people around you and society as a whole.
- According to the State Department of Health of Paraná, the main points of mental health care:
- Being well with yourself and others;
- Accept the demands of life;
- Knowing how to deal with good and unpleasant emotions, but which are part of life;
- Recognize your limits and seek help when needed.
It is important to remember that everyone can show signs of psychological distress at some stage in life. To keep your mental health up to date, here are some tips:
- Maintain positive feelings with yourself, with others, and with life;
- Accept yourself and other people, with their qualities and limitations;
- Avoid consumption of alcohol, cigarettes, and medications without a prescription;
- Do not use drugs;
- Practice safe sex ;
- Set aside time in your life for leisure, socializing with friends and family;
- Maintain good eating habits, sleep well and practice physical activities regularly.
- If you need a conversation and/or help, look for a psychology specialist. These professionals have all the knowledge to evaluate your case and to devise a care plan so that you learn to deal with your mental health.