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How Your Physical Health Could Be Affecting Your Mental Health


• Sleep

Sleep has a very close connection to mental health. It can affect anxiety levels and those who have an attention deficit disorder.1

• Screen Use

A study showed that individuals who spend a lot of time watching TV or looking at a screen (more than 6 hours a day) were at risk for moderate to severe depression.2

• Financial Security

Financial security and mental health can be interchangeable. The way you view your financial situation can have a direct impact on your mental health. It may be affecting your mental health if it’s causing relationship issues, insomnia, feelings of anger or fearfulness, mood swings, etc.3

• Personal Relationships

Human connection with family and friends can have a positive impact on mental and physical health. It’s not the quantity of connections, it’s the quality.4

• Lack of Exercise

Exercise not only helps with physical health, it also helps with mental health. It can lessen stress levels, anxiety, and depression.5

• Expressing thoughts

Being vulnerable and expressing emotion helps with feelings of loneliness and may help you feel supported.6



1. health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/sleep-and-mental-health
2. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5574844/
3. debt.org/advice/emotional-effects/
4. psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-new-resilience/201409/why-positive-relationships-are-needed-emotional-health
5. helpguide.org/articles/healthy-living/the-mental-health-benefits-of-exercise.htm
6. psychologytoday.com/us/blog/in-flux/201803/5-ways-take-care-yourself-emotionally

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