How mental health impacts other areas of our life

We have all heard of the term mental health, and most of us are aware of how important mental health is in our lives. One of the things I have found with mental health is that it can impact other areas of our life, and if we are struggling with our mental health, then we are more likely to struggle in other areas of our lives. I want to use this blog post to talk about 3 ways in where mental health can impact other parts of our life, and hopefully this will serve as a reminder as to why it is so important to prioritise our mental health.

Mental health and physical health are correlated

Sometimes we talk about either of these two terms in isolation, however the two terms are correlated with each other. The disconnect between the terms “mind” and “body” can imply that your mental health and physical health are in no way linked. However, from my experiences and from talking to others, if you are not right mentally then it is very difficult to get it right physically, and vice versa. Firstly, things such as short-term anxiety can show physical symptoms such as headaches or difficulty breathing. Furthermore, poor mental health can lead to an increased risk of some conditions in the long term. Therefore, if you take steps to maintain good mental health, you are indirectly taking steps to maintain good physical health.

Mental health can impact your day-to-day routine

This is a big one, as if your day-to-day routine is affected then it could really have a big impact. I find that on a given day, if I have control over my mental health (which also includes being able to control my anxiety when it gets triggered), then I am more likely to be productive. If you are struggling with your mental health then it can be harder to carry out day to day tasks and responsibilities, I feel that this is because low mental health is like a separate battle that you have to face with your mind, and the energy faced in fighting it can mean that you have less energy when it comes to your day to day responsibilities. However, that’s just my opinion, and others may have different views to this.

Mental health can impact your ability to meet goals

A lot of us have big goals and ambitions, myself included, and I do feel that your mental health plays a big part when it comes to meeting these goals. From my experiences, although it is possible to meet your goals despite struggling with your mental health, it does make it a lot harder. One reason is because there will be a lot of hard moments in relation to meeting your goals, especially big goals such as getting a promotion at work. Therefore, it will require motivation and a lot of resilience in order to push through these hard moments. Struggling with your mental health can make it harder to find that motivation when it comes to getting through these hard moments, and this is certainly something I learnt the hard way.

The above points show why it is so important to prioritise our mental health. I often think about good mental health as the foundation when it comes to doing well in all the different aspects of our life, and if that foundation is damaged then it can have knock on effects. I do want to mention that it is not possible to feel happy or positive 100% of the time. However, that doesn’t mean that you have bad mental health, and instead you should focus on having good mental health in an overall sense rather than trying to be happy all the time.   

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24 thoughts on “How mental health impacts other areas of our life

  1. I believe that mental and physical health are tied together. I have begun my own personal journey to be more happy and to remove all the negativity I can from my life.

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  2. I definitely agree on those three points. From my own personal experience mental health can affect your physical health, day-to-day routine and goal achievement. When I am feeling anxious or in a low mood and state not mind, I don’t have the energy to take care of my body, I just want to stay in bed. Then my routine gets thrown off which makes me feel bad for not getting things done and then I don’t accomplish the goals I had for the day. It can be a vicious cycle that I have to break so that I can get moving. Sometimes that is dragging myself off the bed to do yoga or even reading a funny story to boost my mood. Mental health is so important and not an isolated event. It affects a lot of things, might I say everything.
    Thank you for sharing this post.

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  3. I agree and feel the bit about poor mental health being it’s own battle that exhausts a person to the point that daily tasks are just… (sigh)

    Even the small things like clear the dishwasher go undone, causing more anxiety down the line, but it’s exhausting just to look at.

    The people I work with don’t understand this. They don’t understand me or how my brain works. It sucks for them, as I miss things or don’t perform as well, but it sucks for me, too, because I know how good I can be and I’m not hitting my own expectations.

    But neither is anyone asking what’s up even if I have a confident moment and try to explain. I have only ever gotten negative reactions or a shrug off. So I stop talking about mental health (though HR and our safety team pretend that it’s important to them).

    We need more understanding and patience. I think I can say “we” in this case.

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    1. You make a good point here on how off putting it can be to talk about mental health only to get judged. We need to be good listeners to those who are struggling with their mental health. Thank you for reading and commenting!

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  4. Great post! I definitely agree with both of these because my mental health definitely does have an impact on my physical health as well as my daily routine. People often don’t realise it but your mental health can lead to a lot of issues that would be considered physical health problems.

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  5. Thanks for sharing! The last line of your post where you mentioned to not focus solely on trying to be happy all the time but rather to take inventory of, and care for your mental health is brilliant.

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