Mental Health and Physical Health

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.

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. Taking good care of your body is part of a Before Stage Four approach to mental health.

Managing stress, getting enough sleep, staying active, and eating healthy are important actions to take to improve your overall health and wellness.  Read on for more information, fact sheets, and worksheets to help you get started.

If you are taking steps to live a healthy lifestyle, but still feel like you are struggling with your mental health, take our online mental health screening. It’s free, confidential, and anonymous. Once you have your results, we’ll give you information and help you find tools and resources to feel better.

 

Stress

No one likes to be stressed out – especially when we know it can be linked to poor health. Learning how to manage your stress can be a small change with a big positive impact on your physical and mental health.

Stress is a  normal part of life. You can feel stress in your body when you have too much to do or when you haven’t slept well. You can also feel stress when you worry about things like your job, money, relationships, or a friend or family member who is struggling with illness or difficult circumstances.

Read more about stress and managing stress here.

Making changes to how you handle stress can be difficult. Print out this worksheet to help you get started.

 

Sleep

Your physical and emotional health depend so much on how rested you are. Sleep is fundamental to a healthy mind and body – getting a good night’s sleep can make a huge difference in your overall health.

It plays a role in our moods, ability to learn and make memories, the health of our organs, how well our immune system works, and other bodily functions like appetite, metabolism, and hormone release.

Read more about sleep and tips for getting a good night’s sleep here.

Making changes to your sleep schedule and habits can be a challenge. Print out this worksheet to help you get started.

 

Exercise

Staying active can benefit so many aspects of your health and can even prevent physical and mental health symptoms from worsening. It’s important to incorporate physical activity daily to ensure your body and your mind are healthy.

You don’t have to have a gym membership to make exercise a part of your life. Picking physical activities that you enjoy and are easy to incorporate into your routine is important.

Read more about the benefits of exercise here.

Incorporating new activities into your routine takes time. Print out this worksheet to help you get started.

 

Nutrition, Diet, and Gut Health

The quality of the food you eat can impact your overall physical and mental health. Eating nutritious foods can go a long way toward achieving a healthy lifestyle.

That gut-wrenching feeling in the pit of your stomach is all too real – your gut is sensitive to emotions like anger, anxiety, sadness, and joy – and your brain can react to signals from your stomach. All the more reason to eat a balanced and nutritious diet – so that your gut and your brain can be healthy.

Diet is linked to the hippocampus, a key area of the brain involved in learning, memory, and mental health. People with healthy diets have more hippocampal volume than those with unhealthy diets.

Read more about nutrition here.

Read more about the direct connection between your gut and your brain here.

Making changes to your diet can take some planning. Print out this worksheet to help you get started.