Are you looking after yourself? Your physical health is intimately connected to your emotional wellbeing.

The phrase ‘wrapped in cotton wool’ is sometimes spoken in a belittling sense, as the user sets out to accuse somebody (often a parent) of mollycoddling something or someone (often a child).

When it refers to a little one, it suggests over-protection and the denial of the chance for a child to learn how to stand on his or her own feet.


It’s funny. We take for granted the fact that small children need to be cared for, recognising that this can go too far in a few cases, yet how many of us get anywhere even remotely close to wrapping ourselves in cotton wool?

Be honest, how many of us properly care for our bodies? Too often, perhaps, it can be a matter of ignoring problems in the hope that they’ll go away. Occasionally they do. But not always.

I’m sure men are worse than women when it comes to self-maintenance, but maybe not that much. The thing is, however, mind and body are pretty closely connected (hopefully anyway – the brain-in-a-jar thing only seems to work in old horror movies) and the maintenance of one impacts upon the other. From my own experience, I know my mood often takes a tumble if I’m under the weather physically.

This much seems obvious, so it doesn’t take an enormous leap of logic to accept that being pro-active about your physical health would probably have a positive impact on your emotional wellbeing.

Getting exercise (if you’re able to), eating healthily, making sure you have sufficient sleep: they’re all sensible actions if you wish (and who doesn’t?) to give your mood a boost.

However it also makes sense to follow up on health issues that you might be ignoring. So if there’s something that needs attending to, maybe today’s a good day to address it?

Unless you’re planning to attend a fancy dress party dressed as a snowman, there’s no need to wrap yourself in cotton wool, but neither is it a sensible idea to go to the other extreme. Please take care of yourself.

2 thoughts on “Are you looking after yourself? Your physical health is intimately connected to your emotional wellbeing.

  1. Thanks for the great reminder! I am a -just about to turn 60 – year old Mother and Grandmother and as with most things in life taking care of yourself is a constant struggle for balance. I must say this is something I learned early as my physical health has a huge impact on my mood. While I am in really good physical health I am also pro active. I reacently had what I can only describe as a wierd spot on my face – which my family Dr. Said was probably nothing . My instinct suggested otherwise so I asked to be referred to a dermatologist who them referred me to a,plastic surgeon. It was removed and biopsied and was found to be an unusual looking squoma cell carcinoma . You have to take care of yourself in order to take care of others. A lesson I’m passing onto my children who are young parents!

  2. Why is it that of course I know this but find it so hard to do well?

    For me I know that sometimes it is the battle to do some part time paid work whilst ignoring physical ill health which I am doing today and did yesterday and the day before!

    I know that by tonight I will be so ill that doing anything this weekend for fun or socially will be out of the question which in turn knocks my mental health. Finding a balance with competing demands of the realities of life is not easy when if I’ve agreed to do a piece of work I don’t feel I can let people down or appear unreliable.

    Any advice will be gratefully received.

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