When our bodies are physically healthy we are more likely to be mentally healthy. For example, when you have a cold you may feel more irritable. Being ill can make otherwise small issues seem like a big deal. We are thus less able to respond or cope effectively. This makes the physical and mental problem more difficult to overcome.
When an illness is long term or chronic our risk of serious mental distress is even higher. The mild blues can turn into prolonged sadness, depession and anxiety. When we see these signs it is time to take notice and ask for help. We may need a jump start to restore the coping strategies that usually help like social support, prayer, meditation, medical advice, better exercise, nutrition and so on. The key point is not to over look when we are not feeling like ourselves and to ask for support and seek out help.