Mental Health Month: Making the mind/body connection
May is Mental Health Month and we are glad to see that this year’s theme – Fitness #4Mind4Body – centers around the importance of paying attention to both your physical and mental health to achieve overall wellness.
The Fitness #4Mind4Body campaign is meant to educate and inform individuals that eating healthy foods, gut health, managing stress, exercising, and getting enough sleep can go a long way toward making you healthy all around.
A healthy lifestyle can help 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.
At Vitality we couldn’t agree more, and that’s why our program is robust and offers a well-rounded approach to helping our members focus not only on preventive care and physical health, but also on financial, social and mental well-being which can have a dramatic influence on a person’s overall health.
One of our latest initiatives – HealthyMind™ – is designed to help our members build better mental well-being. We’ve focused on two areas of mental health that most people face every single day – sleep and stress.
Sleep plays a critical role in all aspects of our life and overall health. Getting a good night’s sleep is important to having enough physical and mental energy to take on daily responsibilities. And 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.
We plan to join Mental Health America this month to challenge ourselves each day to make small changes – both physically and mentally – to create huge gains for our overall fitness. We encourage you to join us. If you’re looking for inspiration, join Vitality’s Virtual Training Club on Facebook, or follow us on Instagram and Twitter at @PowerofVitality. Share your successes with us and Mental Health America by posting with #4mind4body!
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.