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Mental Health Awareness Month

May 1, 2024

In May, we observe Mental Health Awareness Month, an important time for highlighting the significance of mental well-being.


Like physical well-being, mental health encompasses our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. As we prioritize physical health through exercise and nutrition, nurturing our mental well-being is equally important. Fortunately, many activities beneficial for physical health also support mental health. It's essential to be mindful of how these activities impact our mental state. After engaging in physical activities such as fitness classes, weight training, or running, take a moment to assess your physical sensations and mental state.


In addition to physical exercise, various practices can enhance mental health, including journaling, spending time in nature, meditation, connecting with loved ones, or practicing deep breathing exercises. We encourage you to explore ways to incorporate these practices into your daily routine. Even starting with small steps, such as taking a few deep breaths before a work meeting or reflecting on three things you're grateful for each night before bed, can make a significant difference.


How can you nurture both your physical and mental well-being through exercise? Write down a plan for May and how you can create a new habit or routine with exercise.

How can you nurture both your physical and mental well-being through exercise?

For further exploration, consider checking out YMCA360 to learn more about the relationship between exercise and mental health. Additionally, take some time to reflect on your mental health using a Resilience Worksheet, as mental health is something we all possess.