The mind-body connection

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Depression, anxiety and other mental health issues may impact your physical health. In fact, a recent study shows  that people with a history of mental illness are more likely to have a chronic health condition like heart disease. Check out these tips from Shannon L. Gwash, MS, director of wellness services at Jefferson Center for Mental Health , to keep your brain – and your body – in good shape.

Take a timeout

When life gets hectic, it’s easy to say, “I’ll do that tomorrow.” But taking better care of yourself means you’ll have more energy to tackle the day’s agenda. When it comes to your health, don’t put off until tomorrow what you can conquer today. Carve out time to get the support you need and reap the mental and physical benefits. You won’t regret it!

Live on the bright side

Colorado gets at least 300 days of sunshine a year. That’s 300 reasons to go outside and bask in the glow of colorful Colorado. Soaking up just 15 minutes of sunshine while enjoying outdoor activities can increase your levels of Vitamin D, the supplement responsible for guarding against depression. Go ahead and get outside; just don’t forget the sunscreen!

Be healthy, be whole

Does your healthcare provider consider psychological wellbeing when treating the physical symptoms of a condition – and vice versa? As a community behavioral health organization, Jefferson Center for Mental Health  Jefferson Center offers classes, counseling and community events to treat the whole person. Jefferson Center serves any member of the community and can point you in the right direction if you need additional services. Help is all around you; all you have to do is ask.

Learn more about Jefferson Center for Mental Health, a member of Bright Health’s network of Care Partners, at 

Author: Stephanie Sample

November 16, 2016