We all probably recognize the fundamental importance of taking care of our physical health. If we sit around all day, we gain more fat and find it more difficult to get up and get moving the next time. How about our food diets? If we eat junk food all day, we only end up feeling low energy levels and a general sense of grogginess. So if know how important it is to tend to our physical health and wellness, why do so many of us neglect taking care of our mental and spiritual health? Of course, there are many reasons, including negative cultural stigmas, lack of self-awareness, and so much more. That’s why we’ve taken the time to put together just a few reasons why it’s so important to take care of your mental health in the first place.
Mental Health Issues Are More Common Than You Probably Think They Are
If you’ve ever taken that first step to seek out spiritual coaching services or some other form of therapy, then you’ve likely felt alone at some point in this process. With the general tone that our modern-day society takes toward mental health, it’s no surprise that so many people simply neglect any problems they notice in their mental health. But as we all know, ignoring our problems will not make them magically go away and disappear into oblivion. Instead, we have to take steps toward improvement and healing. And the first part of this process lies in recognizing just how common mental health issues are in today’s world. After all, were you aware of the fact that 1.1% of U.S. adults experience schizophrenia; 2.6% adults live with bipolar disorder; 6.9% of people battle depression; and 18.1% of us experience anxiety disorders? Whatever issue you’ve been dealing with, it can be both motivating and reassuring when you realize that you are certainly not alone in your problems.
The State of Your Mental Health Has a Profound Impact on Your Physical Well Being Too
Anyone with a healthy body knows that they are more likely to have a healthier mental state as a result. While these two things are not always closely related, it stands to reason that those with poor mental health will also notice negative effects on their physical health and well being. A person dealing with pangs of depression, for example, may not even want to consider the idea of standing up, getting outside, and going for a brief walk each day. Even the suggestion, whether made by a close personal friend, or someone who specializes in spiritual coaching, can leave them feeling more distraught than ever before. But this is just one example of how poor mental health can lead to poor physical health.
We also know that high levels of stress create chemicals that are not exactly healthy for our bones, muscles, and tissues. Anyone dealing with lots of stress in their day to day life is far more likely to make poor health decisions as a coping mechanism. The good news is that many of these poor habits can be reversed with self-awareness, therapy, and guidance from a person who has experience in spiritual coaching and related practices. The mind and body have a close relationship, so it’s wise to treat them both with care.
Unaddressed Problems with Mental Health Can Create Even Greater Problems in Life Down the Road
If you leave your mental health problems untreated, they may get even worse. The compounding effects of mental health problems are quite scary in many instances. But you can also get positive momentum on your side by taking that first step toward treatment and healing. In the same way, negative mental health brought you into a downward spiral, putting the right systems and habits in place can bring you back into balance.
At Libby Sherwood Therapy and Counseling, we’re here to support you at whatever step you’re at on your current journey of self-improvement and personal development. No problem is too big or too small. With our experience in spiritual coaching, awareness practices, and other forms of therapy and counseling services, our team of mental health therapists can’t wait to offer you their expertise and support on your path. Reach out and get in touch with us today for more information.