Mental Health Month 2019: The Mind-Body Connection

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What do animal companionship, spirituality and religion, humor, work-life balance, and social connections all have in common? They’re all ways to boost mental health and general wellness.

Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. A healthy lifestyle can help to prevent the onset or worsening of mental health conditions, as well as chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. For those with disabilities and the people who care for them, it can be especially important to focus on mental health.

May is mental health month. In partnership with Mental Health America, we’re raising awareness about the connection between physical health and mental health through the theme #4Mind4Body.

Here are a few things you can do to improve your physical and mental health:

Spend time with animals

The company of animals – whether as pets or service animals— can have a profound impact on a person’s quality of life and ability to recover from illnesses. A pet can be a source of comfort and can help us to live mentally healthier lives. And workplaces that adopt pet-friendly practices can benefit by attracting more job candidates and increased productivity among workers!

Connect with your spiritual side

What works for you? You may go to church, meditate daily, or simply find time to enjoy that cup of tea each morning while checking in with yourself. Connecting with your spiritual side can be important in improving your physical and mental health.

Find reasons to laugh

Sometimes life is far from funny, but look for ways to find humor in situations and laugh. It could help you better deal with and overcome difficult experiences.

Make work-life balance a priority

There are many benefits of work: income, social interaction, self-worth, and contributing to your community are just a few. But when it takes over your life, it can negatively affect your health. Here are a few practical steps to find work-life balance.

Connect with others

Finding other people to relate to and doing things that bring you enjoyment are great ways to improve your mood and overall mental health. Not sure where to start? Take a risk and try one of these tips:

  1. Volunteer in your community – match your interests with a need through volunteermatch.org.
  2. Discover resources for people with disabilities in your community!
  3. Join a book club – ask at your local library!

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