May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

Just wanted to give that shout out to Mental Health Awareness Month before it’s over. Before looking it up, I didn’t know that it has been going on in one form or another since 1949

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This year the theme is #4mind4body and there are various things about mind/body wellness that you can find at the link.  Here’s just one item from the toolkit:

Health and wellness are hot topics, but did you know a healthy lifestyle can help to prevent the onset or worsening of depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions, as well as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other chronic health problems? It can also help people recover from these conditions. Learn about the mind-body connection with this year’s #MHM2018 fact sheets:

There’s also some interesting stuff about new developments in gut health and mental health. As a part-time tree-hugger, I like the idea that every person is a walking ecosystem and that care of our personal gut ecosystem can make us feel psychologically better.

For me, the great advantage to doing the physical health side of mind/body wellness has always been the concrete, tangible nature of it. If I go for a walk or eat a healthy food, I know I did it. I know I can do it again. It’s real & nobody can take that away from me.  That, in itself, creates a mental boost.

Take care of yourself, and reach out to each other. This month, and every month.

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About jamesmatter

Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) in private practice in San Francisco. I work with adults, adolescents, and couples, with focus on substance use and abuse and co-occurring disorders (having both a mental illness and an addiction).
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