Admittedly, the beginning of this post might have you saying “well, duh” and wondering what’s the point of this post but be patient with me. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health – I know duh. It might seem obvious to you now, but once your mental health hits rock bottom, it can be hard to care about literally anything. The process of healing can be very hard, so much so that you forget about everything outside of your pain and trying to get better, which can be understandable.

The problem starts when you begin neglecting your physical health – by not eating or by eating poorly, not showering, not brushing your teeth, etc. – because of how your mental health is. Can you hear the hypocrite bells ringing, or is it just me? Well, I basically lived on ultra-processed foods for 6 months – sorry mom 😬 – because I just couldn’t care about anything outside of my pain.

On a quick side note, in case you haven’t noticed, you have a whole section of the blog dedicated especially to health in case any of you are looking for any help with it.

Regardless, as much as much pain as you might be in with regards to the situation you are going through, you can’t completely abandon your health. Letting your pain consume you can be something very dangerous to both your mental and physical health as both of them will only get worse the more they get neglected. And as hard as it may be to fight through the pain, in order for you to be able to take care of yourself, it is a necessary step.

One thing that a lot of people don’t realize is that both your mental and physical health are interconnected. When one isn’t doing well, the other shows symptoms of that – and often doesn’t do too well either. Taking care of one of them can also help with the other – for example, I did feel a little more human in the days I would have a salad and take a nice warm shower than I did in the days I would eat only garbage food and never left the bed.

It may seem like an impossible task when you don’t feel well, but what could possibly be more important than your health in the long run – or even just in the present? If you feel like you aren’t taking proper care of yourself during your healing process, maybe you can start changing your habits slowly to try to incorporate some healthy and self-care activities into your day. That should help you feel at least a tiny bit better in a time when things might feel like the pain will never end.

 

by Bruna Gorresio