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Mental Health Matters

By Inside Columbia
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You may have heard that May is Mental Health Awareness Month. In reality, mental health is something that we should be aware of all the time, however, this time of year serves as a great reminder that we not only need to take care of ourselves physically, but also mentally.

As we enter each different stage of life, we are presented with different rewards, obstacles and challenges. Just like the way we exercise and eat changes throughout our lifetime, so does the way we find joy, fulfillment and happiness. All of those things are also different for everyone. And that’s OK.

As women, the list of challenges we face throughout our lifetimes goes on and on. Occasionally, it looks very different than the challenges that men face. It’s okay not to feel OK all the time.

Physical health and mental health are deeply connected, often improving one part of your health can make improvement in other areas as well. Just like Elle Woods said, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.” But what are endorphins? Endorphins are chemical messengers in your body that are created in your brain. They relieve pain, stress and improve your sense of well-being.

Often when we feel down in the dumps, it’s easy to hang out on the couch cuddled up in a blanket. If you’re like me, that usually also involves some sort of snack. But in reality, the best medicine for a bad day is to get up and move, or find something that makes you happy. So when you really don’t want to hit up that workout class after a long day at the office, maybe think again. Grab a friend and make it happen. You both will feel better for it! A small shift in your activities and the way you prioritize your overall health can have big rewards.

If you or a friend are having mental health symptoms, don’t forget that there are options for support. We all have different needs, but you can visit FindSupport.gov for more guidance.

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