Why Your Mental Health Deserves As Much Attention As Physical Health

We have all suffered mental illness at one time or another. But most people don’t realize just how bad your mental health can have a negative impact on your physical health. This article explores the importance of mental health, as well as the mental health of the body, for your health overall.

In addition to the normal discussion of physical conditions to which you are also prone, you should also consider all the other issues that can lead to you suffering the consequences of mental illness in relation to all your physical health issues, and ultimately your health overall. This article explores the importance of mental health, as well as the mental health of the body, for your health overall. <"There should be a direct balance between the physical and the mental, which is the basis of all good health." - Dr. Peter R. Gunderson, M.D.
You Don’t Deserve Mental Illness.

Mental Illness is often labeled as the consequence of a failure of mental willpower. That is true. But let’s be mindful that the concept of mental willpower is often seen in the medical community as “the ability to resist the influence of negative thoughts, even in the face of negative consequences.”

In the past, this concept of willpower was often seen as something of the past. It was an outdated idea, an outdated idea. But it still has merit. 

“To be strong, we must learn to become strong. To develop the capacity to fight our way out of trouble, we must learn to conquer our fears.” – John Wooden, The Education of a Champion As a student of history, I can see that the concept of willpower as being something of the past is absolutely true. This fact is what is known as a cognitive bias. 

This cognitive bias leads to our tendency to focus on something other than where we should focus. For example: You get into the car and feel angry. Your first instinct may be to fix things. In your effort to fix things, you lose sight of the reality that something very personal and precious is at stake. Your emotional reaction may take over. While this is not a common scenario,  it  can very often happen.

Our mental reactions are often more detrimental to us than the situations we are reacting to. A person who reacts in this manner may feel that their emotional response to the situation was superior to the situation on the ground, and become very enraged. When this person becomes enraged, you can see that the person’s emotions can take over. They may become very violent. 

Because of this, I say: If you feel angry (or any other emotion for that matter), try to focus on the situation that could cause that emotion. Let’s say you think about your family. What could be causing your anger? If you are experiencing mental anger, try to focus on the specific situation causing it instead of on your emotions themselves. If you are being mentally angry, try to see the emotion as the cause of the anger, rather than as a symptom of the anger. If you understand this point, then you don’t have to spend so much time on your emotional reaction. It will go away on its own.   I learned this lesson when I was learning to use meditation.  I wanted to practice meditation, but I always felt that I was getting sidetracked. I was focusing on the emotion that was causing my anxiety. In meditation, this is actually called  focusing on the breath . The breath is used in the body as something that is not directly concerned with a specific emotion or situation. It is used by the mind to enter a more peaceful, calm state. 

In meditation, one focuses their attention on the whole body. One concentrates on everything around them. One concentrates on the breath , not caring to make a separate judgment on whether or not something is good or bad. One thinks of the whole body. All of the thoughts that are going through it are only there in the background. No effort is required to focus on them, just think about them.