Importance Of Good Health: The Impact Of Stress On The Body And Mind
Health is a condition of mental, physical and social well being where infirmity and disease are absent. It encompasses a wide range of values, from personal and community to governmental. A number of definitions have existed for various purposes over the years. The best definition however, is to be a condition of health by which the individual’s well-being is enhanced to the maximum extent possible.
As stated above, determinants are essential when defining a condition of health. Determinants can include physical factors such as age, sex, and / or disease. They can also be social determinants such as poverty and education. Mental determinants are based on mental health issues as well as issues related to the social support system, the person receives. The physical determinants are not important in all circumstances. For instance, there are many different physical illnesses and diseases, and even illnesses that are self-inflicted, that are associated with the person’s ability to live a socially productive life.
Determinants for both physical and mental aspects are important, but the results are not necessarily related. For instance, a young adult who has difficulty with school or work but is otherwise healthy may still be considered to be mentally unhealthy if his/her social well-being is affected. The same is true of persons suffering from physical handicaps. This is not because their health is deteriorated; it is more likely because the causes of their handicap(s) are mental rather than physical. Similarly, people who are physically disabled are often those who suffer greater stress because of their impairment and are unable to adapt to their environment. Both physical and mental health can be adversely affected by high levels of stress.
Determining the quality of life (PCL) of a person is an important factor in making health policy decisions. A healthy life style promotes self-care, which is an essential component of good physical functioning and self-esteem. It also promotes healthy relationships, which are important to the physical and emotional well being of people. Lastly, living a healthy lifestyle lowers medical costs and the likelihood of requiring major health care or paying for long term treatments. This translates into lower premiums and lower out-of-pocket expenses for consumers.
Mental health comprises several aspects of functioning in society. Psychologists divide mental disorders into four categories: biological, situational, behavioral, and environmental. Biological disorders include schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Situational disorders are the result of living under extreme stress and anxiety, while environmental disorders are caused by the environment.
Individuals who have healthy mental states are able to control their stress, regulate their emotions, and lead healthy, productive lives. These individuals are less likely to develop physical illnesses or meet with serious health complications. Conversely, individuals who experience overwhelming stress and anxiety are at greater risk for physical illness and disability. The good news is that healthy mental health can be achieved and maintained. All it takes is for you and/or your loved one to take time out to practice some basic stress relief and relaxation techniques.