6-May-13 8:00 AM  CST

May is Mental Health Month

A patient’s mental health is just as important as their physical health and this month Mental Health America and its affiliates are celebrating ‘May is Mental Health Month.’  The theme this year for Mental Health Month is ‘Pathways to Wellness,’ focusing on ways to identify avenues for Americans to obtain better physical and mental health overall.  Mental Health America suggests these four steps in helping Americans live better and healthier lives:    


1.  A healthy diet.  Eating a balanced diet, reducing caffeine, and limiting alcohol intake are all positive ways in which patients can improve their physical health.  They may sound simple, but are key to living a better life.    


2.  Regular exercise.  Getting routine exercise helps elevate mood, increases energy levels, reduces stress, and helps release the body’s levels of endorphins and serotonin levels that can help patients feel better both mentally and physically.    


3.  Relaxation.  Leaning to take a step back and decompress is necessary in every profession.  Taking time out of your busy schedule to just relax will help you get up and give your job all you have to give.  Remember also to take time out to laugh and enjoy life. 


4.  Sleep.  Obtaining at least 7-9 hours of sleep each night is a necessary part of keeping mental and physical health in check.  Resting the mind and body allows the system to recharge after a hard days work. 


Pharmacy technicians can remind themselves and patients of these very simple steps to take in their everyday life to increase happiness, productivity, well-being, and good physical and mental health.  To learn more about Mental Health America and Mental Health Month go to http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/.   


1.  Ahmed, Erica.  “May is Mental Health Month Press Materials.”  Mental Health America.  Web.  May 2013. 

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