This year sure has felt like a never-ending marathon! But with the new year around the corner, we thought we’d focus on new healthy beginnings.

The more we learn about the human body, the more we understand the fundamental link between mental and physical health. We can also see a direct connection between some of the chronic conditions and mental health. These chronic conditions strongly affect one’s quality of life.

Tabibi sees many patients with chronic diseases and their specialists always make sure to inquire about the mental health of the patient as the first way to treat them. Poor mental health is a risk factor for chronic physical conditions.

  1. People with severe mental health conditions are at a high risk of experiencing chronic physical conditions.
  2. People with chronic physical conditions are at risk of developing poor mental health.

Always make sure that you stay in a healthy mindset. While we understand that it is not a button one presses to stop anxiety, depression, and other mental problems, there are things that you can do that will go a long way in helping you overcome these issues.

1. Stay active.

As we mentioned in our previous article as exercising is directly responsible for releasing dopamine, the “feel good” chemical into our brains, which can help regulate anxiety and depression.

2. Eat healthily.

That means that you should avoid bad habits like smoking, drinking, and especially eating junk food. These habits cause direct physical problems such as high blood pressure, which can cause mental stress.

3. Balance your work life.

The ultimate goal is to work in a job you love; as they say, you are not working when you do what you love. Try not to let things pile up on you, as this can also cause intense pressure on your mental health.

Try to recover and relax on the weekends and disconnect from anything work-related so that you can start the next week with a fresh mental state.

Make your mental health a priority in 2021 for a less stressful year.

If you are suffering from any chronic conditions, Tabibi is always a phone call away.

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