04 Mar May 2018 – Mental Health Month
May is Mental Health Month
Did you know:
- There is a strong relationship between having mental health problems and having gastrointestinal symptoms like heartburn, indigestion, acid reflux, bloating, pain, constipation, and diarrhea.
- Those with the diet highest in junk and processed foods are 80% more likely to have depression.
- Just one hour of exercise a week is related to lower levels of mood, anxiety, and substance use disorders.
- When a person consistently struggles to get enough or good quality sleep, they have a higher risk for health problems like high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, depression, and obesity.
- Chronic stress has been linked to reduced ability to fight off viruses and increased risk for heart disease, headaches, intestinal problems, sexual dysfunction, diabetes, and even cancer.
Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. So much of what we do physically impacts us mentally. Paying attention to both your physical and mental health can help you recover from illness or injury and achieve ongoing wellness.
May is Mental Health Month and this year, the national focus is on raising awareness about the connection between physical health and mental health, through the theme Fitness #4 Mind4Body. The campaign is meant to educate and inform individuals about the five components of a healthy lifestyle, including eating healthy foods, gut health, managing stress, exercising, and getting enough sleep. A healthy lifestyle can help us to recover from or prevent the onset or worsening of mental health conditions like depression and anxiety, as well as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other chronic health problems. Mental illnesses are real, and recovery is always the goal. Living a healthy lifestyle may not be easy, but by looking at your overall health every day – both physically and mentally – you can go a long way. For more information, visit www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may.