Why You Should Never Ignore Your Mental Health

By on February 12, 2019
Mental Health

When we feel physically unwell, most of us will take a pill, have some rest, maybe see a medical professional if it seems to be more serious than a cold or a bug. However, when it comes to our mental health, we are much less likely to do anything about it. We just keep going, even though we know something is wrong. The problem is, this can make the situation much worse. Plus, there is no need – there is always going to be a way you can get help. It’s essential never to ignore your mental health; here are some of the reasons why.

Better Mental Health, Better Physical Health

The mind and the body are deeply connected – physical pain can leave you stressed and anxious; it can even lead to depression. However, it is also true that mental health issues can cause physical pain – they can lead to lack of sleep, for example, or impair the immune system leading to all kinds of sickness symptoms.

Patients whose mental health is addressed by professionals will find that their physical symptoms subside. Patients whose physical symptoms alone are looked into will find that in many cases they don’t feel any better at all, physically or mentally. This is why, if you are feeling unwell mentally, whether it is depression or a borderline personality disorder, you should always speak to professionals who can help, like those at The Recovery Village.

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Better Productivity

If you’re not feeling well, your productivity is always going to suffer, and that is the case when you have a mental health issue. With a physical issue that you get help for, you won’t have to take too much time off work, or if you do, you can claim on various insurances. However, because mental health is so often ignored, it could be that you are trying to continue on at work, being unproductive, without letting anyone know why your work is suffering.

In extreme cases, this could lead to you losing your job, putting you in financial difficulties.

By talking about your problems and getting help where necessary, you can take the time off that you need and when you return to work in full health, you will be able to do your job well.

Better Family Life

It isn’t just the person who has the mental illness that will be suffering; close family will be too. They may not understand why, but they will know that their loved one has become withdrawn, or is angry, or is unable to get out of bed some days. Ignoring mental health issues means that your family life will suffer because nothing will ever change.

Getting help means that not only will you heal mentally, but your family bond will strengthen as well, and you can start to enjoy one another’s company once more. It is so important to be there for your children, for example, and therefore getting the help you need, even if it means you need to be away from them while you heal, is crucial to everyone’s happiness.

Plus, by getting help you are teaching your children that it is all right to do so, and that holding things inside is never a good idea.

Better Happiness Levels

Although it would be wrong to say that being depressed is the same as ‘not being happy,’ it is true that having a mental health issue will have a serious impact on your happiness levels, whether you are suffering from depression or from something else altogether. This feeling of unhappiness will be exacerbated if you ignore the issue and hope that it will just go away because ignoring a mental health condition won’t make it better, and could make it worse. By getting the help you need and no longer denying that you are unwell, you will start to feel happier once more.

 Maggie Hammond is a retired nurse and freelance writer, exploring and writing in the U.S. in retirement. An advocate for public health and nursing qualifications, she feels passionate about raising awareness of the current strain on public health organisations.


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Why You Should Never Ignore Your Mental Health