submitted by Shiawassee Health & Wellness

Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and wellbeing, 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 our physical and mental health, which can help you achieve overall wellness.

This May is Mental Health Month, and Shiawassee Health & Wellness is raising awareness about the connection between physical and mental health through the theme “Fitness #4Mind4Body.” 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 maintaining all-around health.

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 an important approach to good mental health.

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 nutrition and gut health with 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. 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.

Shiawassee Health & Wellness wants everyone to know that mental illnesses are real, and recovery is always the goal. 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 your focus on Fitness #4Mind4Body.

For more information on May is Mental Health Month, visit Mental Health America’s website at For more information about Shiawassee Health & Wellness, visit or call (989) 723-6791.

May is Mental Health Month was last modified: May 7th, 2018 by Karen Elford