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Mental Health Matters: Breaking Down the Stigma and Seeking Support

Mental health plays a crucial role in the quest for holistic well-being, especially for individuals who juggle numerous responsibilities, from career pressures to family obligations. All can take a toll on mental well-being.

Recognizing the importance of mental health and seeking support is crucial, yet many people hesitate due to persistent stigma. Read on as we shed light on the significance of mental health, dispel common myths, and encourage a supportive approach toward mental well-being. As physicians are now understanding the integration of mind and body, health of both the physical and mental is necessary.

Understanding Mental Health

Mental wellness involves the state of our emotions, thoughts, and social interactions. It significantly shapes our responses to stress, connections with others, and decision-making processes. Older adults may find that significant life changes, including changes in health, retirement, or experiencing an empty nest, present more obstacles to maintaining mental wellness.

The Stigma and Its Impact

Despite its importance, seeking better mental health often carries a stigma—a set of negative and unfair beliefs that can cause people to feel ashamed for something that is out of their control. This stigma often prevents people from seeking help, fearing judgment or misunderstanding from their peers.

Breaking Down the Stigma

Combatting this stigma begins with conversation and education. Understanding that mental health issues are common and treatable can empower individuals to speak openly about their struggles. Seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness. The medical community can foster this understanding by promoting mental health awareness and supporting patients who seek help. 

Seeking Support: Natural and Holistic Approaches

For those interested in natural remedies, a wealth of support is available beyond prescription drugs and surgery. Mindfulness practices, such as meditation and yoga, have been shown to reduce stress and improve mental health significantly. A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine revealed that practicing mindfulness meditation can significantly alleviate psychological distress, including symptoms of anxiety, depression, and pain.

Additionally, dietary changes can also play a crucial role. Nutrient-rich diets high in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamins are associated with better mental health outcomes while high-sugar and processed foods are linked to an increased risk of anxiety and depression. Physical activity, even mild to moderate exercise, can boost mood and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, according to research.

Supplements

Dr. Meredith Warner, a Baton Rouge, LA orthopedic surgeon, carefully formulated targeted supplements for pain relief, sleep, and longevity. She hand-picked a few from her exclusive Well Theory line that might help boost mental health and reduce stress. 

Omega-3

Our brains require these essential fats for building brain and nerve cells, both essential to learning and memory, and for possibly reducing the risk of developing age-related mental decline.  These fatty acids are also a potent anti-inflammatory and known to reduce neuroinflammation, which has been linked to depression. Omega-3 fatty acids are neuroprotective and may reduce mild to moderate symptoms of depression by causing changes in neuronal pathways.  Contains DHA (640mg) and EPA (892mg), carefully sourced from the highest quality fish and algae. Bonus: it also provides joint pain relief, mood support, and supports the immune system.

Calm Gummies

These strawberry-flavored, gluten-free gummies combine several soothing ingredients to calm your mind and nervous system (without making you drowsy), optimize your body’s response to outside stressors, and protect your mental health. Ingredients lower cortisol (stress hormone) in the body. We combined all-natural ingredients like hemp, Ashwagandha, Passion Flower, and 5-HTP to help reduce anxiety and calm your mind. 5-HTP increases the levels of a mood-enhancing hormone called serotonin in your brain, which, in turn, helps sustain a healthy mindset and optimism and boosts stress tolerance and responses.

The Role of Community

Support from friends, family, and mental health professionals can make a significant difference in one’s mental health and longevity. Community support groups, both online and in-person, provide a platform for sharing experiences and coping strategies, offering comfort and understanding to those who may feel isolated in their struggles.

Mental health is a critical component of overall well-being and deserves the same care and attention as physical health. Breaking down the stigma and exploring natural and holistic support options can empower individuals to seek the help they need and lead fulfilling lives. 

Remember, reaching out for support reflects courage and the first step towards healing. Let’s embrace mental health as a vital part of our journey to well-being, creating a supportive and understanding community for all.

Dr. Meredith Warner challenges the traditional orthopedic approach to joint, bone, tendon, and ligament pain in her new book, Bone on Bone An Orthopedic Surgeon’s Guide to Avoiding Surgery and Healing Pain Naturally. The book is now on sale! Get your personalized, autographed copy.
Dr. Meredith Warner Baton Rouge Orthopedic Surgeon
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation
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