Lesson 1 Mental Health Health Habits and Exercise

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Key Understandings, Mental emotional health is a critical component of overall well being. The stigma regarding mental emotional health issues needs to be removed so that. people with mental health concerns engage in help seeking behaviour. Healthy lifestyle practices support positive mental emotional health. Essential Questions, 1 How is mental emotional health different from mental illness. 2 How do active lifestyle practices affect mental emotional health issues e g anxiety. depression stress eating disorders and vice versa,Background Information. As indicated by Health Canada Mental Health Mental Illness most people will likely. experience feelings of isolation loneliness sadness stress or disconnection from things. during their lifetime These feelings are often short term normal reactions to difficult. situations such as the death of a loved one the loss of a job a romantic breakup or a. sudden change of circumstances Learning to cope or deal with these ups and downs or. the good and bad times is part of life,What Is Mental or Emotional Health. Mental wellness or good mental health is, feeling thinking and interacting in ways that DEFINITION.
help you enjoy life and deal effectively with mental emotional health. difficult situations Manitoba Healthy The state or balance of a person s. Schools thoughts feelings and actions Mental,emotional health relates to how people. Good mental health more recently referred to look at themselves their lives and the. as mental wellness is not just the absence of other people in their lives how they. evaluate their challenges and problems,mental health problems Although different. and how they explore choices This, cultures have differing expectations for health includes handling stress relating to other. many of the following characteristics are likely people and making decisions. to be present in individuals with good mental,health in many cultures. sense of well being and satisfaction,ability to enjoy life to laugh and to have fun.
ability to deal with life s stresses and to bounce back from adversity. 190 G r a d e 1 1 A c t i v e H e a l t h y L i f e s t y l e s. participation in life to the fullest extent possible through meaningful activities and. positive relationships, capacity to change grow and experience a range of feelings as life s circumstances. sense of balance in own life between solitude and sociability work and play sleep and. wakefulness rest and exercise and so on, self care that attends to the needs of the whole person mind body spirit creativity. intellectual development health and so on,ability to care for others. self confidence and good self esteem,Why Is Mental Emotional Health Important. Our minds are not separate entities from the rest of us When. Mens sana in corpore, we are distressed our physical health is also affected sano a healthy mind in a.
negatively and our spirits decline Many physical conditions healthy body. are actually rooted in a state of mind psychosomatic illness Juvenal Roman poet. or in a history of stress that has never been balanced Hence it. is important to take care of the body mind and spirit. What Is Mental Illness, Mental illness by definition is quite different from everyday feelings and reactions to. difficult situations People who suffer from a mental illness may experience a serious. disturbance in thinking mood or behaviour which may have an impact on their ability to. function effectively over a long period of time Mental illness may affect people s ability to. cope with the simplest aspects of everyday life Many people need help in regaining balance. in their lives,Healthy Lifestyle Practices,Examining healthy lifestyle practices or. coping mechanisms to deal with everyday DEFINITION. living is an important part of developing, mental emotional health The engagement healthy lifestyle practices. in healthy lifestyle practices contributes to Any behaviour that has an effect on a. person s health and well being The level,both the quality and duration of life The. or amount of the behaviour engaged in will, health habits or healthy lifestyle practices determine the degree of the positive.
explored in the following Suggestions for effect,Instruction Assessment can significantly. affect a person s life,M o d u l e C L e s s o n 1. REFERENCES, For information on mental and emotional health refer to the following websites. Health Canada Mental Health Mental Illness It s Your Health Ottawa ON Health. Canada 2006 Available online at, http hc sc gc ca iyh vsv diseases maladies mental e html. Helpguide Mental and Emotional Health, www helpguide org mental mental emotional health htm.
Manitoba Healthy Schools Mental Health What Is Mental Wellness Mental Health. www gov mb ca healthyschools issues mental html, For website updates please visit Websites to Support the Grades 11 and 12 Curriculum at. www edu gov mb ca k12 cur physhlth,Suggestion for Instruction Assessment. 10 Basic Health Habits, Using the active learning strategy Think Pair Share see Appendix E have students think. of 10 basic health habits individually Students then work in pairs to share their ideas and to. check for similarities and differences Two pairs then join to form a small group of four to. develop consensus on 10 basic health habits as a group. To help guide the group discussion encourage students to include health habits related to. physical activity see Public Health Agency of Canada Canada s Physical Activity Guide to. Healthy Active Living, healthy eating see Health Canada Eating Well with Canada s Food Guide. substance use including tobacco and alcohol,body weight.
personal and dental hygiene,building healthy relationships. general safety, Students could also develop an advertising campaign promoting one or more health habit s. using different media, 192 G r a d e 1 1 A c t i v e H e a l t h y L i f e s t y l e s. REFERENCES, For additional information on basic health habits refer to the following article. Zamora Dulce 13 Health Habits to Improve Your Life WebMD Features Related to. Health and Balance 2004, www webmd com balance features 13 healthy habits to improve your life.
The following guides are available online, Health Canada Eating Well with Canada s Food Guide 2007. www hc sc gc ca fn an food guide aliment index e html. Eating Well with Canada s Food Guide First Nations Inuit and M tis 2007. www hc sc gc ca fn an food guide aliment index e html. Public Health Agency of Canada Canada s Physical Activity Guide for Youth 2002. www phac aspc gc ca pau uap fitness downloads html. Canada s Physical Activity Guide to Healthy Active Living 2004. www phac aspc gc ca pau uap fitness downloads html. For website updates please visit Websites to Support the Grades 11 and 12 Curriculum at. www edu gov mb ca k12 cur physhlth,Suggestion for Instruction Assessment. Influences on Mental Emotional Health, Provide each student with a copy of RM 1 MH with the Mental Health Benefits left blank. Using the Think Pair Share strategy again ask each student to identify and record mental. health benefits of healthy lifestyle practices on RM 1 MH After students have completed. the task individually they work with a partner to expand their list of benefits Finally. students form small groups to share all the mental health benefits they have identified. Have each group present their top 10 mental health benefits. Refer to RM 1 MH Influences on Mental Emotional Health. For additional information refer to the following article. Nieman David C The Health Continuum The Exercise Health Connection Champaign IL. Human Kinetics 1998 5,M o d u l e C L e s s o n 1,Background Information. Effect of Exercise on Mental Health, As a result of exercise the body releases different chemicals that affect the brain One group.
of chemicals is called endorphins During exercise the release of the beta endorphin by the. pituitary gland increases and produces an analgesic effect on the body as well as a feeling of. elation or euphoria, In his article Exercise is a State of Mind Miller states that for several decades we ve. known about one effect of exercise on the brain the endorphin high that makes us feel. good during and right after exercise 48 He goes on to say that more recent scientists have. discovered some longer lasting effects of exercise on the brain such as. decreased anxiety,reduced depression,improved ability to cope with stress. raised self esteem,improved mood,improved sleep, increased cognition mental functions such as the ability to think reason and. With exercise several biological changes occur that make nerve cells more active or increase. the ability of neurons to communicate with one another The way this works is that the. exercise fuels the body with blood which carries energy and oxygen to the brain which in. turn tells the body to produce more proteins called neurotrophic factors or growth factors. These substances stimulate nerve cells to grow and connect with one another. neuroplasticity or to develop new nerve cells neurogenesis. The hippocampus a seahorse shaped region in the temporal lobe of the brain is involved in. regulating mood and storing memories Studies have shown that exercise caused an. increase in the production of neuropeptide Y NPY in the hippocampus and induced. an increase in brain derived neurotrophic factor BDNF in the same region These two. proteins NPY and BDNF are important prerequisites for nerve growth and survival. Miller 49 These proteins can be thought of as the fertilizers for the brain BDNF is a. natural substance that enhances cognition by boosting the ability of neurons to. communicate with one another, 194 G r a d e 1 1 A c t i v e H e a l t h y L i f e s t y l e s. The release of other chemicals such as serotonin dopamine norepinephrine melatonin and. insulin are also affected by exercise which in turn can affect mental and emotional health. Because activities such as going for a walk or a run shooting baskets skateboarding. participating in a sport or doing yard work can contribute to better functioning of the mind. and the body exercising is a healthy lifestyle practice for everyone to do every day. For additional information refer to the following article. Miller Michael Craig Exercise is a State of Mind Newsweek 149 13 26 Mar 2007. 48 50 52 55,Suggestion for Instruction Assessment, Healthy Lifestyle Practices for Mental Emotional Health.
Have students describe by completing the chart in RM 2 MH how healthy lifestyle. practices health habits affect selected mental emotional health issues. Refer to RM 2 MH Healthy Lifestyle Practices for Mental Emotional Health. After students have completed the chart lead a class discussion on questions such as the. How do the identified lifestyle practices affect mental emotional health. How does mental emotional health affect lifestyle practices. Which lifestyle practice has the greatest impact on mental emotional health and why. Background Information, Is It Important to Seek Help for Mental Emotional Problems. People encounter stressful situations that could range from minor to major on a day to. day basis Depending on the circumstances individuals may need to seek help if their. reaction to stressors e g loss conflict illness becomes long term or interferes with other. aspects of life, Most people who experience mental health problems can overcome them or learn to live. with them especially if they seek help from a qualified source soon enough Although. people usually do not hesitate to seek medical advice for a physical problem some believe. it is shameful or a sign of weakness to seek help for an emotional health problem There is. M o d u l e C L e s s o n 1, often a stigma of weakness associated with seeking help when encountering a mental or. emotional health problem, Students need to be reminded that it is OK to seek help and should learn how to access help. for mental emotional problems when needed,REFERENCES.
For information on getting help for a mental health problem refer to the following website. Manitoba Healthy Schools Mental Health Where Can I Go For Help Mental Health. www gov mb ca healthyschools issues mental html, For website updates please visit Websites to Support the Grades 11 and 12 Curriculum at. www edu gov mb ca k12 cur physhlth, For information related to working with students on the thinking feeling behavioural cycle. refer to the following text, Vernon Ann Thinking Feeling Behaving An Emotional Education Curriculum for. Adolescents Grades 7 12 Rev ed Champagne IL Research Press 2006. What Increases the Risk of Mental Emotional Health Problems. Mental health problems can be the result of many different kinds of experiences in a. person s life from early childhood to later life These life experiences may relate to a. person s environment hereditary history psychological factors and or sociological factors. People may or may not have control over these factors. Suggestion for Instruction Assessment,Life Experiences Leading to Mental Health Issues. In a class brainstorming session have students, identify life experiences that they think could lead NOTE TO TEACHER.
to mental health issues Encourage students to,Please indicate to students that issues. think of situations or factors over which they have identified in this . Module C Lesson 1 189 Lesson 1 Mental Health Health Habits and Exercise Introduction Mental emotional health and physical health affect each other

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