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May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

MARIPOSA — 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 – it’s important to pay attention to both your physical health and your mental health, which can help you achieve overall wellness and set you on a path to recovery.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Mariposa County Minds Matter, Stigma Reduction Task Force of Mariposa County Behavioral Board is raising awareness about the connection between physical health and mental health, through the theme Fitness #4Mind4Body.

The campaign is meant to educate and inform individuals about how eating healthy foods, gut health, managing stress, exercising, and getting enough sleep can go a long way in making you healthy all around.

A healthy lifestyle can help to 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. It can also play a big role in helping people recover from these conditions.

Getting the appropriate amount of exercise can help control weight, improve mental health, and help you live longer and healthier.

Recent research is also connecting your nutrition and gut health with your mental health.

Sleep also plays a critical role in all aspects of our life and overall health. Getting a good night sleep is important to having enough physical and mental energy to take on daily responsibilities.

We all know that stress can have a huge impact on all aspects of our health, so it’s important to take time to focus on stress-reducing activities like meditation or yoga.

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 in ensuring that you focus on your Fitness #4Mind4Body.

Mariposa County Minds Matter wants everyone to know that mental illnesses are real, and recovery is always the goal. Mariposa County Minds Matter will have a booth at the Mariposa Butterfly Festival — stop by and say hello.

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


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