Mental health: How do our mind and body respond to it?

What is meant by “it”? "It" refers to depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and/or eating disorder. We all know that depression and anxiety are the most common in this world today. How do we respond to it?

I want to start off by saying that mental health is important: we should always reach for help. I know it can feel devastating talking to someone about your problems who might not understand your situation, but it always is worth it through the end.

What does depression do to our mind and body?

Imagine getting up every day going to work or school doing the same routine every time you get out of bed. Do you feel tired? Or sad about the lifestyle you lead? According to healthline.com, “feeling sad or anxious at times is a normal part of life, but if these feelings last more than two weeks, they could be symptoms of depression." If you are getting out of bed feeling sad that you must get to work and school you might just call it day and not go.



How do we respond to it?

There are ways that you can tell that it's not good to feel like this by staying in bed all day. The way our mind acts towards this lack of motivation is by collapsing our body to not move forward to where we need to be. It's like we let ourselves be this way when it's something that is impacting us mentally. Familydoctor.org stated that when you are stressed, anxious, or upset, your body reacts in a way that might tell you that something isn't right. Additionally, the pandemic has a huge impact on leaving people with such grieve for losses.


Resources to go to for help is:

- Seek out a counselor, lifestyle coach, or therapist

- Discuss your symptoms with your doctor

- Attend a virtual/in-person support group

- Take a temporary break from work/school to focus on improving your mental health


References:

To reach for help: https://www.healthline.com/health/depression/effects-on-body


References: https://www.stroke.org/en/about-stroke/effects-of-stroke/emotional-effects-of-stroke/depression-and-strokehttps://www.stroke.org/en/about-stroke/effects-of-stroke/emotional-effects-of-stroke/depression-and-stroke



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