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Mental Health Awareness Month

Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness Month? Established in 1949, Mental Health Awareness Month provides recognition, support, and advocacy for the 57.8 million Americans living with mental illness. It’s also an opportunity for us all to reflect on the importance of mental health and how we can better prioritize it. 

Why is Mental Health Awareness Important?

Mental health awareness diminishes the stigma associated with mental health conditions and mental health treatment. This may help prevent severe complications and mental health crises. 

Ultimately, mental health is integral to overall well-being. The World Health Organization notes that “there is no health without mental health,” and this is one of the cornerstones of our integrative health plans

How Does Mental Health Affect Physical Health?

Mental health isn’t confined to the brain. It has far-reaching ramifications throughout the body and a lasting impact on your physical health. In fact, individuals with mental health concerns are more likely to develop preventable physical health conditions, like heart disease.

Symptoms of mental health conditions can also have physical symptoms. For example, anxiety can trigger gastrointestinal discomfort, headaches, irregular heartbeat, and dizziness. Depression can also cause gastrointestinal discomfort, along with pain, fatigue, poor sleep, and poor appetite. 

Prioritize Your Mental Health with an Integrative Approach

This (and every) month, nurture your wellness by prioritizing your mental health. Here are a few tips to get started:

  • Exercise daily and find physical activities that you enjoy. 
  • Eat a balanced, nutritious diet, and talk to your doctor about taking supplements for nutrient deficiencies. 
  • Quit smoking, as it can adversely affect your mental health. 
  • Make time for social interactions and hobbies. 
  • Practice good sleep hygiene by keeping a consistent sleep schedule, limiting screen time before bed, and cutting down on caffeine. 
  • Seek support from medical professionals, including the integrative physicians at The Center for Natural & Integrative Medicine, who can offer nutritional support, exercise plans, supplements, intravenous therapy, biotoxin illness screening, and alternative therapies. 


At The Center for Natural & Integrative Medicine, we’re here to support your mental health all year long with integrative treatment plans. Contact us today to book an appointment!


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