Physical and Mental health

Andrea Lee


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30October2017
GINNENE DISTEFANO


Physical and Mental Health


My current fitness and nutritional habits are non existent. I used to do
pretty well when I was in the army, but when I got out it was a bit more
difficult since I wasn't working out or eating army food anymore. I have
been struggling the last half the year financially so I'm not eating
regularly or eating like real food and not like a bag of chips. My mental
health is better than how it was. I spent nineteen year feeling like I
wasn't good enough and everything was always my fault and I didn't feel
like I deserved to live or be happy. But through faith and tips from past
therapy sessions I'm happy for the first time in my life.

Identifying goals
Some goals that I would like to improve my physical health would be to be
consistent. I feel if I can be consistent and make a habit of working out I
can get back to where I was. Being financially stable would help to be able
to have meals. A goal to improve my mental health would be finding out they
on my brother's suicide. Seeing my brother take his life at such an early
age it messed me up mentally for nineteen years. I spent nineteen years
depressed angry hurt abandoned. To have closure would heal my heart but
give me a peace of mind. The list of effects from poor nutrition and lack
of exercise is seemingly endless (Risks of Physical Inactivity | Johns
Hopkins Medicine Health Library, 2017). Taking charge of your health will
not only protect you from health problems as you age, but will also give
you more energy and peace of mind. Obesity is an effect of lack of exercise
in combination with a poor diet high in saturated fats, simple
carbohydrates and sugar. Obesity puts you at risk for numerous health
issues, including breathing problems, diabetes, trouble sleeping, high
blood pressure and increased heart disease risk. It can also lead to low
self-esteem and depression. Though genetic factors can play a part in
obesity, a regular exercise routine coupled with healthy eating habits will
keep the weight off. Diabetes usually occurs when the body fails to produce
enough insulin, and Type 2 diabetes often results from an inactive
lifestyle compounded by a poor diet, according to the American Academy of
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Those with hypertension are also at risk
for diabetes. Stress can directly increase heart rate and blood flow, and
causes the release of cholesterol and triglycerides into the blood stream.
It's also possible that stress is related to other problems an increased
likelihood of smoking or obesity that indirectly increase the heart risks.
Doctors do know that sudden emotional stress can be a trigger for serious
cardiac problems (10 Health Problems Related to Stress That You Can Fix,
2017), including heart attacks. People who have chronic heart problems need
to avoid acute stress and learn how to successfully manage life's
unavoidable stresses as much as they can. It's probably no surprise that
chronic stress is connected with higher rates of depression and anxiety.
One survey of recent studies found that people who had stress related to
their jobs -- like demanding work with few rewards -(Risks of Physical
Inactivity | Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library, 2017) had an 80% higher
risk of developing depression within a few years than people with lower
stress. Doctors have pondered the connection between our mental and
physical health for centuries. Until the 1800s, most believed that emotions
were linked to disease and advised patients to visit spas or seaside
resorts when they were ill. Some ways to improve your mind body connection
would be make an appointment with you as the CEO of your own life. Unplug
at a dedicated time each week and assess your work/life/online balance.
Determine whether they are balanced to your satisfaction, and note where
you could improve.
If your body says "no," to a busy project, listen. Your body - when it
lines up with your perfect life plan becomes a reliable barometer that can
remind you to make choices in every moment that give you energy and the
balanced life you deserve. Keep your head up and don't lean in to your
devices. Have them adjust to you instead of you adjusting to them. For
example, poor posture like staring down at your phone for several hours
straight can cause neck pain and cut off oxygen to your brain. You'll then
spend