The Key to Being Healthier

Hint: it’s not what you think

So, at HealthyCapital we talk quite a bit about condition management – looking at five specific conditions including: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and tobacco use. But a key condition of being healthy – and more importantly being happy, is mental health.

A big debate in this country is often the way we treat and stigmatize mental health, but the truth is – you can’t have the conditions above without it equally effecting mind and body. Fact: Condition management is about working with yourself and your doctor to develop a plan and [if it applies] a set of prescription(s) that work for you. But it is also about letting yourself focus on the can-do things and the positives of life even if you have a condition.

In previous blogs we touched on workouts that could better your health without making you feel bogged down by things that you can or can’t do, on the path to be the best version of yourself. Now, it is true that physical activity reduces stress, but for some of us – a glass of red [or white] wine does the trick. Staying in touch with your mental health starts with you listening to your body.

It’s literally all in your head

As a student and a young female, I often see a negative attitude when it comes to young people and their bodies. The stress that this causes on young women as well as young men is a serious issue – because the stress then leads to coping mechanisms and sometimes those turn into habits or steps backward and before we know it we are stuck in a cycle of negativity.

Right about now I bet you are thinking “ok. Maybe she’s right, but how is self-care going to lower my blood pressure?” To which I can only reply – it might not. But before you click away let me tell you what it can do. Like yoga, meditation, a thoughtful and smooth glass of wine, or a workout, self-care is all about listening to and being in tune with your body. The more you listen to what your body is trying to tell you, the more you can figure out about what it needs to maximize improvement. So, can self-care lower your blood pressure? No – but also yes – it all really depends on how well you listen to what your body needs and how well those small confidence changes effect your every day life and your life long condition management.

 

Blood Pressure facts

The Effect of hypertension on the body. Click here

Effect of blood pressure on mental Health – mental health and blood pressure – Click here

Diabetes Facts

Diabetes and mental health – Click here

It’s stressful to have to manage a condition – Click here for a source that helps

High Cholesterol Facts

The effect of high cholesterol on your body – Click here

Effect of high cholesterol on mental health – Click here

Tobacco Facts

How tobacco use effects your body – Click here

Effect of tobacco on mental health – Click here