check your head


May is “Mental Health Awareness Month.” For the past few weeks, we have been inundated with content and messages about how important it is to care for our mental health. As a society, we are beginning to destigmatize mental illness, learn what it looks like, and understand how to treat it. This is a very positive cultural trend that’s been building for quite some time out of necessity, as our shared collective existence becomes increasingly unstable. 

One concept that I have been learning more about is that mental health is really just health. It is influenced by our diets (food and media), community (friends, family, and social environments) our sleep, rest, work, and play. We are holistic beings and compartmentalizing our brains is part of why we are in the mess we are in as a society. 

For an informative and detailed explanation of the concept of “Whole Body Mental Health,” check out Krista Tippett’s The On Being Project interview with Dr. Kimberley Wilson, author of “Build a Healthy Brain.” We need more people with healthy brains if we are going to solve the world’s rapidly escalating crises.

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