Cumberland Times-News


May 2, 2014

Here are things to consider for Mental Health Month

Wellness — it’s essential to living a full and productive life. Everyone has different ideas about what wellness means, but we can all agree it involves a set of skills and strategies for getting and staying healthy.

May is Mental Health Month. This year’s theme, Pathways to Wellness, calls attention to strategies and approaches that help everyone to achieve wellness including good mental and overall health.

Wellness involves physical and mental health as well as social well-being. It’s important to recognize that mental health is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle.

Whatever our situation, we all experience stress as we respond to the demands of daily life and the challenges it brings.

However, there are things we can do to help us achieve wellness including: eating a balanced diet, getting regular exercise, getting enough sleep, developing an awareness of your own feelings, finding activities that help us deal with stress, and connections to family, friends and the community.

Healthy eating, sleep, and regular exercise not only lead to good physical health, but have been shown to improve mental health as well.

Likewise, recognizing and addressing our feelings, creating and maintaining social relationships with family and friends, and seeking emotional support when needed benefit not only a person’s mental health, but can have a significant impact on their overall physical health.

During May, we encourage you to take a few minutes to think about your overall wellness — physical and mental, and take steps to become a healthier you. Mind your Health. Not just in May, but at all times.

Allegany County Mental Health System’s Office (CSA) and the Consumer Advisory Board

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