Visions - Mind-Body Connection

PDF | Vol. 10, No. 2 (2014)

Our minds and our bodies have deep and complicated relationship. Perhaps you've notice the mood-boosting effects of physical activity, or discovered how strongly a physical health concern can impact the way you feel about yourself. While we can't say that all mental health problems cause physical health problems (or vice versa), we do know that a change in one can affect the other. For example, people who experience depression are more likely to rely on unhealthy food and more likely to be sedentary, which makes depression worse. Physical health problems impact stress, anxiety, and mood, which impacts health behaviours. Mental health medications can impact physical health, which can then affect mental health. The relationships between mind and body can get complicated when we start to dig deeper, but it’s clear that small changes can have a big impact on health and well-being—changes that anyone can make. In this issue of Visions, you'll find inspiring individuals who took charge of their health, you’ll learn about innovative programs which are encouraging health, and you'll find tips and strategies to help you make changes in your own life.