Good physical health is an important part of overall health and wellbeing, but unfortunately, many people who experience mental health issues also experience high rates of physical health issues.
This can be due to a range of factors, such as:
- the side effects of medication/s
- isolation, both geographically and socially
- feeling hopeless and worthless, and not believing in your ability
- experiencing a lack of energy
- financial difficulties
- a lack of accessible health services
- stigma and discrimination
- alcohol and/or drug use, including smoking
- unhealthy eating habits
These barriers can feel overwhelming, but even small steps can make a big difference.
Here’s some ideas on how to improve your physical health:
- visit your GP for a physical health check
- explore ways to be active that you enjoy, such as walking the dog or joining the local sports club
- ask your doctor about possible side effects of medication/s
- take steps to change unhelpful habits, this may include some changes in diet or reduction in alcohol or other drug use, including smoking
- recognise your achievements
- let others know about your goals. They can support you, help you to recognise your achievements and provide encouragement
- find out what physical health programs and supports are available in your area. Joining community groups, such as walking groups or yoga groups, can be a great way to meet new people
If you need to talk, call our Helpline.
Learn more about:
- other things that might help
- causes and contributing factors
- mental illness
- support for families, friends and carers
- the importance of identity and belonging
- our peer education programs
- our community education programs
- our research on community inclusion
Remember, you are not alone. Hear stories from people who have been there.
For more information, please contact Wellways on 1300 111 400.