The vital connection between physical and mental health

So much of what we do physically impacts us mentally. That’s why we’re reminding you to pay attention to your mental health AND physical health during Mental Health Month. Focusing on both can help improve your overall health and well-being.
Mental health is a top health concern in our community, as well as throughout the state and nation. In Eau Claire County, 29% of high school students felt sad or hopeless for almost two weeks that they stopped doing some usual activities.

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 dealing with a chronic health condition and the people who care for them, it can be especially important to focus on mental health. When dealing with dueling diagnoses, focusing on both physical and mental health concerns can be daunting – but critically important in achieving overall wellness.

Below are a few simple ways to boost mental health.

  • Embrace animal companionship: 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.
  • Connect with your spiritual side: whether you go to church, meditate daily, or simply find time to enjoy that cup of tea each morning while checking in with yourself. It can be important to connect with your spiritual side in order to find that mind-body connection.
  • Add humor to your day: Laughter is the greatest medicine. Find a reason to laugh!
  • Call on friends: Going for a walk with a friend. Bonus points if you add laughter!

Mental health conditions are real, and recovery is always the goal. Finding the balance between work and play, the ups and downs of life, and your physical health and mental health, can help you improve your mental wellness.” says Chelsie Smith, Public Health Nurse.

For more information, visit www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may.

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