Importance of Physical Health in Achieving Balanced Mental Health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and Families First is raising awareness about the connection between physical health 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 making you healthy all around.

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.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for the challenge of the day and to share your progress and successes by posting with:
#FamiliesFirstIN #4Mind4Body

Exercise


Sleep


Stress


THE GUT-BRAIN CONNECTION


diet and nutrition


take the challenge


CHALLENGE RESOURCES

WORKSHEETS

A Letter to Risky Business

This worksheet provides prompts for working through why you take part in risky behaviors, how they are harming your wellbeing, and what you can do take control of these behaviors.



Stopping Stupid Thoughts

This worksheet lays out a five-step process for challenging cognitive distortions or "stupid thoughts."

Filling the Void

What makes you turn to risky behaviors? What needs are you trying to fulfill?




What's Underneath

This worksheet will help you to build your emotional vocabulary to help you better understand and communicate your feelings. 

Think Ahead

Organizing your thoughts and taking steps to feel better can be tough when you’re weighed down by a mental health disorder.  At a time when you’re feeling well and able, use this worksheet to prepare or plan ahead. 


Sample Letter for Starting a Conversation about Mental Health

this fill-in-the-blanks style letter is good for people of all ages who want to start a conversation about struggles with their mental health, but aren't sure how to get started.

If you are taking steps to live a healthy lifestyle but still feel like you are struggling with your mental health,
take this Mental Health Screening to check your symptoms.
It’s free, confidential, and anonymous.