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January's Healthspot Topic: Behavioral Health

With the New Year comes new hope.

Hope is essential to our mental health and a vital part to healthy living. Learning to care for ourselves through eating well, exercise, being mentally active, having regular check-ups with primary care providers, participating in activities or hobbies that we enjoy, and having regular supportive interactions with others are activities which support mental wellness.

One important factor that regulates our emotions and our minds is getting adequate, restful sleep. Sleep can be affected by things such as stress, drugs (prescription and non-prescription), alcohol, and our environment. Developing a nightly routine that includes quiet time, no electronics, and mindful relaxation can prepare our mind and body for a better night sleep.

An active mind is a healthy mind. Just like your body needs daily exercise to maintain good health and be able to relax, so does your mind. Each day, participate in activities that stimulate your brain without overwhelming you, such as puzzles, board games, thought-provoking conversations, and new experiences. Also remember to take time to stop, breathe, and relax.

If you have a mental health concern or question, feel free to call Gunnison Valley Health Behavioral Health Specialist Lorie Fuller at 970-318-6323 or the Center for Mental Health at 970-641-0229. Your mental health is essential to healthy living.