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Is the mind or body more vital to good health?

October is Mind & Body month at Silversurfers.

Both physical and mental health have a huge impact on our wellbeing and quality of life, though it’s only in recent years that mental health has begun to be taken as seriously as physical health.

You can be in perfect physical health but suffering terribly from a range of mental health illnesses such as depression, schizophrenia and PTSD.

Without a healthy mind, it’s difficult to truly appreciate and enjoy life and live to the fullest. Depression and anxiety can keep you isolated prevent you from working, forming strong friendships or having good self-esteem.

Good physical health is important too; serious diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, stroke and AIDS can shape your quality of life and how you live it, often in a more forceful way than mental health.

Living with conditions like diabetes and arthritis can also have a big impact on your quality of life day-to-day – many people managing ongoing conditions feel limited at times because of it.

Ultimately, wellbeing has to be a balance of good mental and physical health.

Today at Speakers Corner we’re asking: which is more vital to good health? As we age, should we prioritise mental or physical health and wellbeing? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below. 

 

Should we prioritise mental or physical health as we age?

56 people have already voted, what's your opinion? Mental health Physical health

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Jannnie26
8th Oct 2017
0
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I wanted to vote for both but didn't seem to be allowed that option
Rosiecat
7th Oct 2017
3
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Although I have suffered from depression and until a few months ago would have prioritised that I have changed my view. I smashed (no other word for it) my hand and wrist and it will never work properly again and so many things in my life have had to change, hobbies I can't do anymore, every day things(doing up a bra for instance) difficult or impossible, even writing a birthday card. Yes depression is still there but I can talk about it, being unable to do things for myself there are no way out. Don't get me wrong I don't feel sorry for myself just angry and frustrated. Next time you complain about chopping veg or even slicing something try doing it with only your non-dominant hand. Typed with one hand!!
Fruitcake13
6th Oct 2017
0
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Frankly, I think both are equally important.
nanabet48
6th Oct 2017
1
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I think of people like Stephen Hawking - in a wheelchair but his mind is still as sharp as it was when he was a student. The heroic men and women who have been disabled when they put their lives on the line to keep us safe yet their determination and strong will have enabled them to overcome some of the most horrific injuries imaginable. Strong mental health has been their saviour over injuries that would have been their end, I admire them so much.
Peter44
6th Oct 2017
0
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It's hard to decide between mental and physical health as a priority or decide their relative importance. But I know that I have suffered some slight cognitive impairment over the past few years, but thankfully not Alzheimers. However, I am convinced that had it not been for the fact that I've spent much of the past four years working on my debut novel my memory loss would have been much worse.

That's why once 'Not Too Old for Love: Grace's Turmoil' is published I'll be getting stuck into book two.
Irene88
6th Oct 2017
0
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If you have good physical health you can go out meet people, see freinds, take part and improve your mental health.
ConnieShack
6th Oct 2017
1
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Poor Mental Health can have a massive impact on a strong Physical Health. You cannot do the things you really want to do if you are in poor mental health as you dont feel physically fit to do so.
WendyJ21
6th Oct 2017
2
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No good having a good body when your brain is shutting it down anyway.
Kes
6th Oct 2017
6
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I hovered over both above options for a short while and decided not to choose. I think both are inextricably linked. Both are seriously important issues that need to be addressed more positively by all the professional bodies concerned with well being and health. Many people who suffer from the myriads of issues that fall into these categories are able to help themselves but a great many need the help and encouragement of not just over stretched and under staffed professionals, but family and friends as well.
jeanmark
6th Oct 2017
3
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Well said Kes. Like you I consider both are important in their own way and both can effect an individuals life.
Dougie123
6th Oct 2017
0
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Mental health care is still the Cinderella - as a man/woman thinks, so is he/she.
ecarg
5th Oct 2017
4
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Impossible to answer this until you have suffered severe mental health problems or physical difficulties,
Not having the mental capacity to make decisions or being so incapacitated enduring terrible pain, Who knows how they would react until faced with the situation..
Knowing how to take care of ourselves and actually doing the right things are two different things,but whilst we may try to be healthy in mind and body illness can strike out of the blue and accidents happen.I hope I manage to cope should ill health happen and with family support the right decisions would be made.
Pam1960
5th Oct 2017
1
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It is important that we look after both our mental & physical health. I would say they are both linked. I find the more I exercise my brain is also stimulated, I am more alert and memory & problem solving seems to be easier. When I don't exercise I find not only my body feels sluggish but also my mind. Obviously there isn't one answer that fits all as some people already suffer from either physical or mental health issues but if we all spend some time on exercising both our bodies and brain it can't do any harm
Yodama
5th Oct 2017
1
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Mind or mental aspect of a body is the powerhouse that drives everything, decisions on everything to do with every facet of our lives.
Without the mind driving everything, the body is a rudderless boat on auto pilot.

The brain however is not the mind, just a computer doing scans and reboots all the time, keeping the biological being functioning.
Laureneaton98
5th Oct 2017
2
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I would say both are pretty vital they key in with each other

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