How do you feel about yourself? When you apply the resources from the multiple dimensions of Health in ways that allow you to direct your growth, assess deeply held values, deal effectively with change, and have satisfying relationships with others, you are psychologically healthy. Research in the area of health psychology has shown that there is a mind – body connection in which biological, psychological, and social factors interact to influence health or illness. This is referred to as the biopsychological model. We know that your psychological state has a significant effect on physical health: stress, depression, and anxiety have been associated with how your immune system responds and can impair physical health. Studies have shown that terminally ill cancer patients who had better psychological health lived longer lives and reported having does not just refer to your emotional state but also to your cognitive and social functioning as well.
Psychological health has also been associated with developing and
maintaining a positive self-esteem, positive self-concept, and a high level of emotional intelligence. Each of these concepts will be explained further. However, as you will see, psychological health is much more than just the absence of mental illness.