Many times, the causes of physical ailments are tangible and easy to find. We know that excessive consumption of sugar, for example, can trigger the development of diabetes, that smoking can cause or worsen respiratory diseases, and that lack of exercise contributes to the deterioration of general health.

The impact of mental health on the body is just as important and is often underestimated or ignored.

According to the Mental Health Foundation, illnesses like schizophrenia can double the risk of death from heart disease, and triple the risk of death from respiratory disease. Some studies say that depression can have a similar impact.

Without having to reach a diagnosis, Harvard University reported in several studies that factors such as optimism and happiness can be associated with a reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease. In turn, chronic stress, or even brief bursts of stress and negative emotions like anger, can be correlated with heart attacks and other physical problems that can lead to death.

Researchers hypothesize that individuals with mental health conditions tend not to seek physical care, which may increase the risk of respiratory, cardiovascular, and cancer diseases.

In the same way, the impact that physical care can have on mental health is not taken into account as often. Just as exercising has a positive impact on physical health, it can contribute to optimal mental health as well.

The American Psychological Association (APA) has reported that physical exercise can improve mood, reduce anxiety, and improve mental health.

Mental health does not receive as much attention as physical health, which is why mental illnesses and diseases often go unnoticed.

It is important that if you or a loved one is suffering from a mental illness or going through a bad time, you ask for help.

Keep in mind that everything that goes through your mind is reflected in your physical health, and vice versa.

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