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How Mental Health Affects Us Physically

Living with mental health is a daily challenge so many of us go through. Children, as well as adults, are being diagnosed with mental illnesses more and more each year. Last year the rate of Death By Suicide rose in the UK by 10.9%. Is there not enough help for mental health sufferers in the world? What nobody seems to talk about is the physical side of things. Yes, it’s called ‘Mental’ health but our brain can give off a variety of physical problems just from how we are feeling.


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Physical Side Effects

There are various physical side effects from suffering with mental health. Here’s just a few, all of which are part of some of the most common mental health conditions.

  • Headaches from worrying or feeling stressed.
  • Extreme stomach cramps – Did you know this is one of the biggest effects of having anxiety?!
  • Physically shaking
  • Heart palpitations
  • Muscle cramps – when we panic we tend to hyperventilate (highly common in anxiety) this causes a lack of oxygen to the muscles causing them to spasm and cramp.
  • Fatigue – feeling so drained your body feels like it’s carrying weights.
  • Chest pain

The list could go on. When we get diagnosed with a mental illness we never get told that we could feel physical pain on top of it. Sometimes people with a form of mental illness can become literally bed-bound due to the physical aspect of it.

I’ve often sat thinking I’m going out of my mind telling myself it’s not the anxiety that is causing this and that but it is. Feeling the physical symptoms can be extremely frightening and if you’re going through it as well just know that YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

Do you experience any physycal side effects of mental health?? How do you cope with it??

Always remember that we hold the power over how we feel. We can’t change the past but we can change the future. Wake up each morning and think I got this. Starting each morning with a positive affirmation is a good start in taking control.

Much Love – Mrs Slee-Jones xx

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37 thoughts on “The Physical Side Of Mental Health”

  1. I definitely get headaches all the time when I worry or stress so much. I totally agree that we need to look at the physical side and help to determine at least part of the mental problems, great post.

    1. I think headaches are probz top of the list, especially migraines. Dr’s need to help with the pysical aspect of things also.

    1. Mental health issues were a taboo to me until I started having them and diagnosed and that’s when I was like wow this is not a lie, it really does take a toll on you physically leaving you tired and exhausted sometimes just getting up from bed. Great post

      1. Alot of people do think its rubbish untill they go through it themselves. Though I wouldnt wish it on my worst enemy!! Thankyou!! x

  2. This is such a great post to remind people that mental health issues affects your body!! My depression causes me to have fatigue, and my anxiety causes really bad stomach and gut pain. It can be awful and so uncomfortable, but it really is amazing that the chemicals in your brain are affecting other parts of your body that you wouldn’t think would be connected! Thank you for shedding light on this and hopefully teaching and reminding others about this 🙂

    Emily | https://www.thatweirdgirllife.com

  3. It’s amazing quite how much stress and mental health can manifest on the body. When I’m stressed I tense, so my muscles get very sore very quickly, especially in my jaw and shoulders. It makes me physically sick, and I feel tired and fatigued all the time.

    Em x
    http://www.emsworldblog.com

    1. It really is a horrible thing to go through. I have injection in my jaw and forghead to help stop them tensing. But the fatigue is horrific!! x

      1. Your posts resonate with me so much!! My legs shake when I’m anxious and it was reassuring to see the physical manifestations of mental health explored so thoroughly!

  4. I love this!! The physical symptoms are the absolute worst part of anxiety for me because they make me feel like I’m going to die and that triggers more fear!! It truly is terrifying! Much love x

  5. This is such a valuable post. I suffer from everything you’ve mentioned here and more (although I also have a chronic illness, so it can be hard to know what is due to what!)
    It’s important that we give ourselves a break, as our brains can make life very difficult!

  6. I am so sorry you’re dealing with this! Any mental health struggle is a real battle. You are beautifully strong for facing each day with courage and knowing that YOU CAN DO IT!

    The physical side of mental illness is very difficult. It’s bad enough that we can hardly think, concentrate, form a sentence or be aware of what’s going on around us. The exhaustion, muscle aches and total disconnect are just too much when it’s at its worst.

    I pray that today you are well, feeling content, peaceful and joy-filled. You’re worth it! 💕

    Sending You My Love,
    Holly ♥

    1. Noproblem at all!! It’s alot to go through isnt it!! I absolutely hate the fatigue.. I hope you’re well today xx

  7. Thank you for sharing this. I’ve experienced headaches, fatigue and stomach problems myself. My anxiety can make me feel quite nauseous at times.

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