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The Mental Health, Vein Health Connection

mental health vein health connectionMost people agree that physical health and mental health are linked. That is evidenced by the fact that living with chronic illnesses including venous disease can negatively impact yout mental wellness. The converse is also true: poor mental health takes a toll on your physical health, making underlying problems worse.

Really, anything that decreases your energy can lead to fatigue, inactivity, and weight gain, beginning a cycle of illness that then increases your risk of complications of vein disease. These complications can include painful bulging varicose veins, heavy, aching, swollen legs, night cramps, bleeding veins, skin changes including ulcers, and superficial and deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

But it is not all bad news. As long as you are open to understanding the interconnectivity of your mind and body, you will be more empowered to make the effort to get proper care and to make the necessary changes in order to have a better quality of life. Even a modest improvement can make a difference in your overall health and well-being.

Poor Mental Health Impacts on Vein Health

As we mentioned previously, stress and poor mental health can have deleterious effects on the body causing:

  • Low energy
  • Inactivity
  • Weight gain
  • Reduced immunity
  • Insufficient sleep

And as it turns our, most of these are well-documented risk factors for developing varicose veins and blood clots in the legs. Symptoms of these conditions include:

  • Heavy, fatigued, sore legs
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Night cramps
  • Leg swelling and pain
  • Bulging varicose veins and spider veins
  • Difficulty standing or walking for long periods of time
  • Skin changes in color and texture
  • Ulcerated skin

Of course, if your mental health ever diminishes to the point that you can no longer care for yourself, you need to seek professional psychiatric care. There is nothing wrong with getting the help you need, especially when your life depends on it.

Mental Health Self-Care

That leaves us with the ways to take care of your mental health. This has become especially difficult during the pandemic. But the more of these you can incorporate, the better off you will be:

  • Doing things that keep your mind sharp, like puzzles, or learning about a subject that fascinates you.

  • Reading books or watching movies that inspire you and fuel your mind.

  • Practicing self-compassion and acceptance.

  • Engaging in activities that help you acknowledge and express your feelings on a regular basis.

  • Putting time and energy into building and maintaining relationships with others.

Taking care of yourself not only physically but also mentally is extremely important. Take time to reflect on some of the things you can do to improve your health today!

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Grand Junction Vein Center

2373 G Road #280
Grand Junction, Colorado. 81505
On the second floor of the Canyonview Medical Plaza
Tel: 970-242-VEIN (8346)