Today I stayed home from work, sick with sinus problems, including a bad headache. I took medicine and slept much of the day away.
But I also thought about the way I think about my physical health and my mental health.
I was inspired by a post Madison of My Meddling Mind wrote about the importance of taking care of both our physical health and our mental health, and how they affect each other. I hope you’ll take time to read it.
I am vigilant about taking my medication for my OCD, depression and anxiety. I make sure I don’t run out before getting a refill.
I see a psychiatrist and a therapist. And I take steps to work on my mental health issues on my own.
I’m not perfect with taking care of my mental health, but I am much more proactive with it than I am with my physical health.
I worry much less about running out of my blood pressure medicine. I’ve been known to go a couple of days without it because I’ve delayed picking up a refill.
I eat pretty healthy, but I eat too many sweets and processed foods, and just too much food period.
I don’t move around enough. I need to have an exercise plan and stick to it.
What does my blood pressure medicine and my diet and exercise habits have to do with sinus problems?
Maybe nothing. But my time off today gave me time to think about my physical health and how I need to do a better job with it.
Just one day of lying around has left me feeling a bit dull and a little depressed.
And that’s not to forget my spiritual health because that’s important too. When I get too busy with “stuff” and don’t take time to do my spiritual reading and meditation, I can tell.
It can seem overwhelming to have to think about so many “parts” of our health. But all the parts roll into one and represent how we live.
How can we do our best for our health?