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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.
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