As we age, it is important for us to take proper care of physical and mental health. Good health can be ensured by eating nutritiously, keeping physically active and avoiding harmful substances such as alcohol and cigarettes. Mentally well-being and physical health go hand in hand. The mind like the body should be treated to things that it seems to enjoy. Stressful situations can be very dangerous to mental health; therefore it is vital that tense situations to be avoided. The mind benefits from low blood pressure, low cholesterol, nourishing food, a healthy weight, and physical activity.
Mental health is an important phenomenon and numerous laws have been passed to protect those suffering from it. In 1601, the Poor Law was introduced to support those who were incapable of looking after themselves. Since then, this concept has gained momentum and has a lot of support. This is a disease that one cannot even put their finger on. You cannot detect if you are mentally unstable by merely looking at a person. Various factors finalize this decision of being mentally stable
Staying healthy mentally is just as important as physical health but it cannot be measured. If a person is suffering from mental health problems, then they will witness the following symptoms:
- Losing interest in activities and tasks that were previously enjoyed.
- Poor performance at work
- Lack of concentration
- Mood swings that are sudden
- Self-destructive behaviour such as cutting
- Changes in appetite
- Emergence of insomnia and other sleep related problems.
- Increased anxiety and agitation
- Lacking energy and feeling lethargic
- Isolating yourself by not interacting with other people.
- All of these signs can signal mental disorder but they may also be symptoms of anaemia. This refers to the lack of iron in a person’s body and can be treated with supplements and a healthy diet.
It is vital that human beings are mentally healthy, only then can we ensure our physical health. There are many things that we can do to keep our minds clear, healthy and functioning. We can indulge in the same kind of activities that keeps our bodies healthy such as exercising and eating right. Physical activity and a diet that helps lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure also helps to keep our minds healthy by allowing our bodies to deliver oxygen-rich blood to our brains. These activities consist of crossword puzzles, reading, writing, walking the dogs and learning new things, help to keep our brains healthy. If a person is mentally stable, then interacting with people is a good practice as it allows us to step outside our homes and enjoy the environment without getting stressed.
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