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On May 29th, 2024, we had the privilege of attending the Mental Health and Fitness Awareness Program organized by St. Catherine’s Hospital and FitMyke. This enlightening event, spearheaded by wellness counselor Blessing Adeyemo, provided participants with invaluable insights into mental health and the importance of physical fitness.

Key Takeaways from the Event

Introduction to Mental Health

Miss Blessing kicked off the program by engaging participants with a lighthearted question, setting a relaxed and welcoming tone. She then delved into the definition of mental health, emphasizing its comprehensive nature, encompassing emotional, psychological, and social well-being. She explained that “mental health affects every aspect of our lives, influencing how we think, feel, and act, and how we handle stress and make choices”

Understanding Mental Illness

The program clarified that mental illness comprises various conditions affecting a person’s thinking, mood, or behavior, including depression, anxiety, phobias, and eating disorders. Miss Blessing and participants discussed common causes such as trauma, social isolation, discrimination, poverty, bereavement, stress, physical health conditions, substance abuse, and domestic violence.

Strategies to Improve Mental Wellbeing

The session provided practical advice on enhancing mental well-being:

  1. Regular Exercise: Improves memory, sleep quality, mood, and self-esteem, and reduces stress.
  2. Positive Affirmations: Encouraging self-affirmations to combat negative thoughts.
  3. Relaxation and Breathing Exercises: To reduce stress.
  4. Spending Time in Nature: Walking and hiking.
  5. Quality Sleep: Essential for mental health.
  6. Social Connections: Engaging with family, friends, and volunteering.

Dispelling Myths about Mental Health

Miss Blessing debunked common misconceptions about mental health, stressing that mental illness can affect anyone, it is not a sign of weakness, and people with mental health conditions can live normal, productive lives.

The program concluded with an emphasis on treating mental well-being with the same importance as physical health. Participants were encouraged to adopt regular physical activity and positive mental health practices.

At The Sunshine Series, we support such initiatives wholeheartedly. Events like these are crucial in fostering a society that prioritizes mental health and supports everyone’s well-being. For more information about our services and to support our cause, please contact us at 090 962 50384 or email info@thesunshineseriesng.com. Together, we can create a healthier, more supportive community.

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