Mental Health Month is May, today is May 1st. I started a new book a few days again that has been eye opening to me and just enlightening. I have been around recovery for so much of my life, but this book is just really connecting to me. I didn’t expect to connect so much with the author, but I am and I am grateful for that. The book, Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions, by Russell Brand who has been in recovery for over 14 years.

It is fitting that today is the first day of Mental Health Month and I have been so affected already by reading this book. I am beginning a new personal journey for my mental health and will write about some of it here. Some of it is personal and will be in my private journal.

When you or someone you love is dealing with a mental health concern, sometimes it’s a lot to handle. It’s important to remember that 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. That is why this year’s theme for May is Mental Health Month – Fitness #4Mind4Body – is a call to pay attention to both your physical health and your mental health, which can help achieve overall wellness and set you on a path to recovery.

It is important to really look at your overall health, both physically and mentally, to achieve wellness.

Getting the appropriate amount of exercise, eating healthy foods that can impact your gut health, getting enough sleep and reducing stress – it’s all about finding the right balance to benefit both the mind and body.

Please join me on my new journey, together we can help each other. We can make changes to improve our mental health and our overall health.

We know that living a healthy lifestyle is not always easy, but it can be achieved by gradually making small changes and building on those successes.

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.

For more information on May is Mental Health Month, visit Mental Health America’s website at www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may.

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