Stress isn’t something new. With around 15% of Australians experiencing high or very high levels of psychological stress (according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics)and it can be seen as modern society’s illness. While stress is often seen as a bad thing, we need it to survive, and it can be a good thing; keeping us alert when we sense danger and keeping us motivated. However, when we deal with stress for prolonged periods, it can have negative impacts. Many things cause us stress, from work to busy schedules to family drama. How we choose to deal with stress varies on the person, with many people turning to unhelpful coping mechanisms, also known as vices.
For many of us growing up video games were something we played on the regular they allowed us to get competitive and provided us with an escape. From handheld gaming consoles like Gameboys, Nintendo DSs and now the Switch to consoles like PlayStation, Xbox and the Wii. Video games have been apart of our lives both in the past, present and will continue to be in the future. This doesn’t include computer games such as Neopets, Club Penguin, Minecraft and Fortnight or phone apps – remember the Pokémon Go obsession? All of which have fluctuated in popularity over the years.
When we think of mental illnesses, we think of something that we can’t see and is just located in the brain, and this isn’t always true. For many people their mental illness can manifest physically at times. Over the past few weeks, we have looked at how external factors can impact our mental health but what about our mental health impacting our physical health?
A lot of things can impact your mental health but a big one is chronic health conditions. A Chronic health condition is anything that can be defined as lasting over a year and requires ongoing treatment and/or limits your daily activities. Examples of chronic health conditions include things like diabetes, mental illness, consistent pain, skin conditions like eczema, asthma, and allergies. It is estimated that half of all Australians have at least one chronic health condition with many having multiple (the chances of which increase as people age).