Physical health impacts mental health: sleeping habits, eating habits, and exercise habits are all crucial for mental health.
According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, one in five Canadians will experience a mental-health condition such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder in his or her lifetime. (Open Minds: Better Mental Health Care, n.d)
Sleeping patterns are one of the factors that can impact mental health.
From experience dealing with my insomnia I found that my mental illnesses were all at their highest peak, I was always extremely angry and snapping on people without realizing what I was doing because of how mentally drained I was due to not having any sleep for 2 to 3 days at a time. Sleep is extremely important for not only the body but to maintain keeping your mind at peace.
If you’re having difficulties sleeping and you find yourself staying up for days at a time, that’s usually the first sign of depression. Studies have found that 15 to 20 percent of people diagnosed with insomnia will develop major depression. (Biological Psychiatry, March 1996)
People who are constantly stressed out or have abnormal exaggerated responses to stress tend to have sleep problems. (Sleep and Mood, 2008)
Studies have also shown that even partial sleep deprivation has a significant effect on your mood. Researchers have found that people who were limited to only 4.5 hours of sleep a night reported feeling more stressed, angry, sad, and mentally exhausted. Once those people resumed a normal sleep routine, reported to have a dramatic improvement in their mood (Sleep and Mood, 2008)
I found that once I got my insomnia taken care of and got back of a somewhat normal sleeping routine my moods were more manageable and I was a a lot more positive about life.
Exercise habits are another factor that can impact mental health.
Everyone knows that regular exercise is good for the body. But exercising is also one of the most effective ways to improve your mental health. It has a extremely positive impact on depression, anxiety, ADHD, and more. (The Mental Health Benefits of Exercise, n.d) Exercise is also linked to your sleeping habits and actually improves your sleeping schedule. ADDIN EN.CITE 2016 (Exersice and Mental Health, 2016)12Exersice and Mental Health2016 (Exersice and Mental Health, 2016)
I find that exercise is also a huge distraction which is a big help with mental health. It allows you to find some sort of break out of the cycle of negative...