When we use the term “Mental Health” we refer to an individual’s state of mind. We know that individuals with a positive state of mind feel better, look better, and perform better. But are you aware that there is a direct correlation between an individual’s mental health and their physical health? Studies conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health suggests that there is a significant link between mental health and a wide range of physical ailments. Research also suggests a connection between mental health disorders and lack of self-care. During the Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA’s) Mental Health Week, May 1 – 7, take the time to assess yourself. YOU should be the most important person in your life. Practice Self-Care for the sake of your own mental and physical health. According to the CMHA website, there are five specific things we can do to protect our brain and promote good mental health:
- Prioritize connection – When we spend time with people we care about, our brain releases higher levels of feel-good neurochemicals including oxytocin – also known as the love hormone.
- Move for your mood– Physical activity is the ultimate mood booster and a key player in fostering good mental health.
- Engage in a new hobby– Hobbies such as painting, playing an instrument, gardening, or reading have been shown to improve mental health by combatting stress and reducing anxiety and depression.
- Practice sleep hygiene– While we sleep, our brain processes memories, repairs and reorganizes cells, removes toxins, and releases important molecules such as proteins and hormones.
- Get help if you need it. (Full article available at https://cmha.ca/news/understanding-brain-health-and-its-connection-to-mental-well-being)
Challenge yourself to take a long hard look at how your mental state may be affecting not only you and your health, but also those around you. You deserve to be happy and healthy, and your mental health is a major factor in ensuring that you will be around to enjoy your loved ones for many years to come. The Borden Family Resource Centre can provide resources, referrals, and on-site counselling to help get you on the right path. Contact the Centre at 705-424-1200 ext. 1542 or 3994, or just drop by if you need to talk. Reach out. We will listen and we can help