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Date: 5/17/2018 12:58:51 PM

Do You Focus on Fitness #4Mind4Body?

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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.

Mental Health Month is about raising awareness about the connection between physical health and mental health. 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'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.

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.

Find Fitness 4Mind4Body fact sheets, worksheets, sample social media postings to share, and upcoming events during Mental Health Month at www.mhawisconsin.org/may.



Throughout the year we will be sharing real life stories of people in Wisconsin living with mental illness so that we can continue to break down stigma. Not only are these stories showing us that many people are going through similar situations and feelings, but they are also providing valuable tools for those trying to overcome these illnesses.

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As part of Mental Health Month 4Mind4Body theme, we would like thank Jennifer for sharing her story of the importance of physical health as part of overall mental health and wellness.

jennifer-moser.jpg“My passion is to turn our society around to understand that mental health is a combination of both mental and physical health. You can’t have a healthy mind if you don’t physically feel well. Exercise, physical therapy and proper nutrition go hand-in-hand. I like to refer to it as mental wellness, not mental illness.

My mental wellness journey started with the chronic pain I’ve dealt with my entire life. If you look at me, it appears that I have a perfect life, but no one really knows my daily struggle with my pain. I hid the pain inside of me for years, but after college, I had a horrible car accident. I ultimately ended up at inpatient Rogers Memorial Hospital. I was stressed out to the max, battled with insomnia, and in turn was extremely hyperactive because of the pain.

Each day is a struggle. I literally lay in bed each morning and pray that when my feet hit the ground, I’m able to stand. Most of the time, I collapse to the floor because the pain is so bad after lying still during the night and my legs simply can’t support me. I pray that I can get the strength to talk myself out of the pain, get up and, get ready for the day.

I work full-time and sit all day at a desk. This unfortunately creates a tremendous amount of pain. Each hour, I go downstairs to do exercises in the bathroom to relieve some pain so I can go back up to work again. It’s necessary that I do something active every day of the week to help mask the pain for the time being”.

- Jennifer