Pediatrician at Eskenazi Health
While it’s obvious that regular exercise has a positive effect on our bodies, many don’t realize that it also has a profoundly positive impact on depression, anxiety and our overall mental health.With May being Mental Health Awareness Month, what better time than now to explore our own mental health?Physical activity helps to relieve stress, improves memory and overall mood, and helps you sleep better.
The good news is you don’t have to be an Olympic or professional caliber athlete to reap the benefits of exercise that can help sustain your mental health and well-being. No matter your age or fitness level, research shows that modest amounts of exercise can make a huge difference.
Those who exercise regularly do so because it gives them an enormous sense of satisfaction, and studies show that exercise can treat mild to moderate depression as effectively as antidepressant medication … and without side effects.
Exercises involving cross movement that engage both arms and legs such as walking, running, swimming,dancing and weight training can help you improve your physical and mental well-being One of the best results of regular exercise is it’s an effective anti-anxiety treatment that relives tension, boosts physical and mental energy and enhances well-being and self-esteem through the release of endorphins in your brain.
Physical activity helps relax your muscles and relieve tension in your body. Since the body and mind are closely linked,when your body is made to feel better, so, too, will your mind. Eskenazi Health Midtown Community Mental Health, Indiana’s first community mental health system, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in May.
The theme for Midtown’s 50th anniversary celebration is Making Mental Health a Priority for 50 Years.The creation of Eskenazi Health Midtown Community Mental Health actually began with passage of the Community Mental Health Centers Act of 1963. This federal law allowed states to develop the structure of a community mental health system.
To be eligible for federal funding, a community mental health center was required to provide five essential services: inpatient hospitalization, partial hospitalization, outpatient services, 24/7 emergency services and consultation/education-related services.
The phone number for Eskenazi Health Midtown Community Mental Health is 317-880-8491.If you are in need of a pediatrician for your child or a primary care physician for yourself, please call 317-880-7666 or visit www.eskenazihealth.edu/doctors.