I couldn’t sleep last night. Around 3 o’clock in the morning, I was as wide awake as our old annoying broken rooster we used to have, who seemed to have been set on a different time zone by always crowing long before the crack of dawn. My thoughts were racing. I couldn’t sleep, because I was worried.
A slight intrusive thought about my own health crept into my OCD brain last night; a direct result from doing late night genealogy research. Genealogy (study of family lineage and history) is one of my favorite hobbies, but sometimes my imagination can take me too far back into the past forcing me to ponder the future. Fortunately, I was able to ease away from the negative thoughts by distracting my thoughts with something else: mental health.
I wondered to myself, “Would I be so worried about my physical health, if I had better mental health?” Of course, this question still had some relation to my worries, but the worrying subsided into curiosity…
I recognize that mental health significantly impacts our physical health. It is a shame that mental health does not play a bigger role in general medicine. You would think an annual visit to the psychologist would be routine maintenance for maintaining overall good health!
I mean, we are already expected to see our primary doctor for annual physicals that include checking on our lungs and heart, as well as, a blood test to check for metabolical anomalies that may reveal an underlying disease. Us women, have to make a yearly pilgrimage to the gynecologist. When we reach a certain age, we have to squeeze in an annual colonoscopy to our list of things to do during retirement. Let’s also not forget, the greedy dentist who wants to see our teeth every 6 months! So, why not check up on the tiresome noggin too; after all, it is just as important!
Why does mental health seem so secondary to physical health? Is mental health not really as important as physical health? Is there no correlation between the two? I am going to ponder about this for awhile and get back to you, but in the mean time, I would greatly appreciate your thoughts! Please post your thoughts in the comment section below, thank you! 🙂