Physical and Mental Health – The Connection Between Body and Mind

In western society the Physical and Mental Health connection can easily be overlooked as it is a culture of endless quick fixes and we are for the most part solution driven. For every problem from a headache, weight loss and ageing to depression, anxiety and low self-esteem we are bombarded by marketing that claims to have the perfect solution (for a small fee or recurring payment). Maintaining good mental health is a process involving both physical and psychological approaches and we cannot overlook the connection between body and mind.

A healthy integrated person is physically able to participate in everyday life, feel express and manage their emotional ups and downs and maintain relationships with others. Poor physical health can lead to an increased risk of developing mental health problems and mental illness has been shown to profoundly affect physical health and can lead to increased risk of some physical conditions.

Mental Health is characterised by a person’s ability fulfil a number of cognitive functions and activities, including:

  • the ability to learn
  • involvement in productive activities and achievements
  • the ability to form and maintain goodrelationships with others.
  • the ability to feel, express and manage a range of positiveand negative emotions.
  • adaptability to change and use of effective coping skills

 Mental Illness refers collectively to all diagnosable mental disorders and encompasses multiple health conditions changes in emotions, thinking and/or behaviour and distress/problems functioning in relationships and daily activities

Lifestyle Considerations For a Healthy Mind

Exercise and Physical Activity can greatly improve a person’s mental wellbeing.  Even a short 10-minute walk will increase alertness, positive mood, release healthy endorphins into the body and boost our energy.

Diet and Good Nutritionis vital for a healthy body and mind.

Sleep and Relaxation is often compromised when a person is suffering from a mental health condition or illness but is vital to our body’s functional well-being.

Communication and Socialisation with friends and family and even just physically being in the company of others can greatly benefit our well-being while withdrawal from such activities can be a sign of and or contribute to mental health issues.

There are many physical and psychological approaches that support good mental health and the possibility of integration of mind, body and spirit is very accessible with counselling and modern  psychotherapy methods.

Our specialised psychologists can assist in increasing your awareness of the possible causes of mental health problems, how they may be related to your physical concerns and support you into physical wellbeing and mental wellness.

If you would like to make an appointment please contact Diana at Cottesloe Counselling Centre by phone  (08) 9278 6578 or email  [email protected]

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