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Mental health is one key to physical health

May 9, 2017

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month and we at Public Health want everyone to never forget the mind-body connection in all of us.

Your mental health is one of the keys to maintaining your physical health and there are several things that can be done to keep both sides of the human coin happy. Here are some tips from Health Services of the University of Michigan. www.uhs.umich.edu/tenthings

Take care of your body: Eat nutritious meals, avoid cigarettes and other tobacco products, drink plenty of water, get enough sleep and exercise.

Surround yourself with good people: People with strong family or social connections are generally healthier than those who lack a support network. Make plans with supportive family members and friends, or seek out activities where you can meet new people, such as a club, class or support group.

Give yourself: Volunteer your time and energy to help someone else. You'll feel good about doing something tangible to help someone in need — and it's a great way to meet new people.

Learn how to deal with stress: Like it or not, stress is a part of life. Practice good coping skills: Try One-Minute Stress Strategies, do Tai Chi, exercise, take a nature walk, play with your pet or try journal writing as a stress reducer. Also, remember to smile and see the humor in life. Research shows that laughter can boost your immune system, ease pain, relax your body and reduce stress.

Avoid alcohol and other drugs: Keep alcohol use to a minimum and avoid other drugs. Sometimes people use alcohol and other drugs to "self-medicate" but in reality, alcohol and other drugs only aggravate problems.

Get help when you need it: Seeking help is a sign of strength, not one of weakness. And it is important to remember that treatment is effective. People who get appropriate care can recover from mental illness and addiction and lead full, rewarding lives.

For other tips and mental health resources in Riverside County, go to
www.rcdmh.org and see what Riverside University Health System – Behavioral Health has to offer.

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